Not since Robbie Robertson‘s “The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down” had anyone written and sung ( in the first person, no less ) about the American antebellum South so richly, so believably as Neil Young and Crazy Horse with “Powderfinger”, originally on the 1979 essential Rust Never Sleeps album. Here they are from […]
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If I told you that forty years ago one of America’s top music acts released a concept album that identified growing cracks in the foundation of our society and presciently predicted everything we find today, who would you guess it was? Bob Dylan? Neil Young? Crosby Stills and Nash? I doubt that Styx would come to mind to many, but that is precisely what “Paradise Theater” was, part lament, part warning. Current members Tommy Shaw, JY, & Lawrence Gowan all weigh in as does ex-member Dennis DeYoung on “Paradise Theater” ‘s fortieth anniversary.
Okay, it’s ‘fess up time for me regarding Motley Crue and their June 1985 third album, Theatre of Pain. In an alternate universe where being boring and predictable is the Original Sin, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue would be sanctified saints, because they have been waging jihad against the tyranny of the mainstream for a full three and a half decades.
“In the Studio” : David, Stephen, Graham, and Neil of Crosby, Stills, Nash , and Young with Redbeard for “Deja Vu” 50th anniversary.
By 1975 David Bowie had abandoned the Glam Rock he had virtually invented in the guise of the ego-tripping tragicomic Fallen Rock Star, Ziggy Stardust. Bowie’s mid-decade “Young Americans” album with the #1 hit “Fame” pointed directly toward Disco’s dominance a mere two years later…
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx & Vince Neil In the Studio for “Girls Girls Girls” XXXth anniversary.
Here is a playlist for you featuring freedom as the theme from Bruce Springsteen, Boston, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, Chicago, Crosby Stills and Nash, Don Henley, Jimi Hendrix, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Paul Simon, The Rascals, Rush, Styx, The Byrds, and The Who to celebrate red, white, and boom!
“Guitar Town ” Steve Earle shares here In the Studio on the thiry-fifth anniversary of his #1-charting Country debut in March 1986: “I’m a straggler from what was going on in Austin and Nashville in the mid-70s. I had good teachers, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, B.W. Stevenson…when I first got to Nashville on any given night, you could go to Guy’s house. And he’d have everybody, from the street level where I was to Mickey Newbury and Neil Young, with the guitar going around. So it was a good place to learn. Then, basically cocaine sort of created a caste system and killed that real fast!”
John Mellencamp’s “Scarecrow” album released in August 1985 was loaded with hits, including “Small Town”,”Lonely Ol’ Night”, and “R.O.C.K. in the USA”. His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc “Words and Music” compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow’s “Minutes to Memories”, worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.
This acoustic performance of “Rain on the Scarecrow” was absolutely live on my Q102 Dallas/ Ft Worth afternoon radio show in October 1991 with Mike Wanchic on guitar and Kenny Aronoff playing alongside John Mellencamp