Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Neil Young and the Blue Notes--This Notes For You

Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Neil Young is one of the most diverse stars in Rock N' Roll history.  He played folk rock in his early days as a solo artist.  He could bring on the hippie jams with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.  He was a hard rocker with Crazy Horse.  He honored rockabilly and Alan Freed with his Shocking Pinks.  And he didn't leave out the rockin' blues when he formed The Blue Notes.

This particular song is a classic for more than one reason.  First of all, it's a low-down, funky blues with a blaring horn section and some mean-ass riffs from Neil.  It also is a classic MTV video from 1988.  It's hilarious particularly if you get the references to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and obnoxious advertising campaigns of the late 80's.

The final reason is that, as always, Neil has a serious statement to make.  He's a very serious man.  In this song, he pridefully admonishes other rock or pop stars for selling out to advertisers and politicians.  Artistic integrity was still a bit of a sticking point back in the 1980's.  They sometimes bit the hands that were trying to feed them, but artists didn't typically sell out their integrity completely.  Neil was basically singing about the start of this slippery decline which started back in the late 80's and which has led to where we are now with "artists" selling out their integrity on a daily basis.

Anyway, enough of that.  Take a listen below.  Please note that the first minute or so is part of the music video but not necessarily part of the actual song--so be patient.


It's time to get with it folks.  Once again you have to prove to your friends and potential girlfriends just how artistically inclined you are by adding this cool groove to your music library.  Just do it.  Click on the link below and buy this song.

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