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(That Eric Alper)   The best Neil Young story you've ever heard, as told by Graham Nash   (thatericalper.com) divider line 66
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2013-10-21 09:57:06 PM
"More barn!"

Cool story, Graham.
 
2013-10-21 11:28:04 PM
Does the house go up to 11?
 
2013-10-21 11:30:55 PM
I've heard a few different versions of this, I think the first time was back in the early 80's and the take-away was "needs more bass".
 
2013-10-22 12:39:21 AM
Hello, cowgirl in the sand.
 
2013-10-22 01:12:32 AM
Awesome story and equally awesome album.
 
2013-10-22 01:29:15 AM
Neil Young is unique and all, but a southern man don't need him around, anyhow.
 
2013-10-22 01:38:30 AM

Atomic Spunk: Neil Young is unique and all, but a southern man don't need him around, anyhow.


I think you need to walk on.
 
2013-10-22 01:49:56 AM
tonight's the night is still my favorite 'cause it's a bummer, man
 
2013-10-22 01:50:36 AM
blog.wtfconcept.com
 
2013-10-22 02:02:19 AM
More barn? More like:

www.thedailychronic.net

/Great concert with Crazy Horse at the Hollywood Bowl last year
//Keep on rockin'
 
2013-10-22 02:04:42 AM
I was prepared to be jaded and cynical about that story.... but it was just too good.  What a cack.
 
2013-10-22 02:11:06 AM
I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.

/That is all
//I feel the same about Bob Dylan
///Guess it is all about the lyrics
 
2013-10-22 02:14:35 AM

Cog Spinner: I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.

/That is all
//I feel the same about Bob Dylan
///Guess it is all about the lyrics


You sound hopelessly sober.

But seriously, Tom Petty also fits into this category as well. Lou Reed. Some songs by Bruce Springsteen too. It's stylized storytelling - it's not for everyone, but some people like it.
 
2013-10-22 02:38:30 AM
Subby, I must say that I was happily surprised as that's been my favorite Neil Young story for years
 
2013-10-22 02:57:10 AM

Atomic Spunk: Cog Spinner: I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.

/That is all
//I feel the same about Bob Dylan
///Guess it is all about the lyrics

You sound hopelessly sober.

But seriously, Tom Petty also fits into this category as well. Lou Reed. Some songs by Bruce Springsteen too. It's stylized storytelling - it's not for everyone, but some people like it.


I sound "hopelessly sober"? I have nothing to say about that....but it did make me laugh...and still does. Thanks for that laugh.
 
2013-10-22 02:59:56 AM
Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.
 
2013-10-22 03:15:31 AM

HooskerDoo: Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.


I hope you weren't being serious, Since he's a great Canadian and a Canadian national treasure.

Please oh please be a troll...
 
2013-10-22 04:30:11 AM

mtbhucker: HooskerDoo: Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.

I hope you weren't being serious, Since he's a great Canadian and a Canadian national treasure.

Please oh please be a troll...


We haven't annexed Canada yet? Huh.
 
2013-10-22 05:05:01 AM

Atomic Spunk: Cog Spinner: I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.

/That is all
//I feel the same about Bob Dylan
///Guess it is all about the lyrics

You sound hopelessly sober.

But seriously, Tom Petty also fits into this category as well. Lou Reed. Some songs by Bruce Springsteen too. It's stylized storytelling - it's not for everyone, but some people like it.


Phil Ochs as well. Mind you, he's woefully underrated, but I know a lot of people don't like his singing.
 
2013-10-22 05:05:38 AM

untaken_name: We haven't annexed Canada yet Huh.

Aye?

ftfy
 
2013-10-22 05:06:22 AM

Atomic Spunk: Neil Young is unique and all, but a southern man don't need him around, anyhow.

Nobody

needs a "southern man" around. Ever. For any reason.
Unless, I suppose, one is looking for a way to turn a whole lot of really shiatty beer into piss in a hurry.
 
2013-10-22 05:07:15 AM

mtbhucker: HooskerDoo: Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.

I hope you weren't being serious, Since he's a great Canadian and a Canadian national treasure.

Please oh please be a troll...


Neil Young is no flappy-headed iceback and you know it.
 
2013-10-22 05:07:22 AM
Oblig

Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.

Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there's so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.

Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don't get lost.
Like a coin that won't get tossed
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I'm a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that's true.

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn't mean that much to me
To mean that much to you.

I've been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I'm all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I'm a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that's true.

Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.
 
2013-10-22 05:24:38 AM

HooskerDoo: untaken_name: We haven't annexed Canada yet Huh.Aye?

ftfy


That's "Eh?", not "Aye?"

/go hang your toque in shame, pseudo-Canuckistanian
 
2013-10-22 05:34:03 AM

docmattic: HooskerDoo: untaken_name: We haven't annexed Canada yet Huh.Aye?

ftfy

That's "Eh?", not "Aye?"

/go hang your toque in shame, pseudo-Canuckistanian


*weeps shamefully into RUSH T-shirt*
 
2013-10-22 05:45:16 AM
"...so Graham is sitting in the row boat but Neil refuses to play until he gets one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son... that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Neil played the album for Graham."
 
2013-10-22 07:30:59 AM
Neil played a third generation hippy concert at a campground a friend of mine attended about 12 years ago. Long after he played his set, he wandered from campsite to campsite with an acoustic, and played several songs for my friend, and her party. Csb /seen Neil a few times
 
2013-10-22 07:50:46 AM
Out in California, a rock star from Canada
Wrote a couple of great songs about the bad shiat that went down
"Southern Man" and "Alabama" certainly told some truths
But there's a lot of good folks down here, Neil Young jut wasn't around....

.... Now Ronnie and Neil became good friends, their feud was just in song
Skynyrd was a bunch of Neil Young fans and Neil, he loved that song
So he wrote "Powderfinger" for Skynyrd to record
But ole Ronnie ended up singing "Sweet Home Alabama" to the Lord
Neil honored Ronnie by carrying his casket to the ground
And to my way of thinking, us Southern men still need both of them around


DBT - Ronnie & Neil
 
2013-10-22 08:10:56 AM
Everything I hear and read about this guy makes him sound like more of a douchebag.
 
2013-10-22 08:17:25 AM

mtbhucker: HooskerDoo: Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.

I hope you weren't being serious, Since he's a great Canadian and a Canadian national treasure.

Please oh please be a troll...


Given that he left Canada before he was 20, he's lived longer in the States than he ever did in his homeland.

/I forget exactly how young he was, but his age was a problem on more than one occasion for Buffalo Springfield, as he couldn't legally sign contracts.
 
2013-10-22 08:22:02 AM

Cheron: "...so Graham is sitting in the row boat but Neil refuses to play until he gets one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopowner and his son... that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really. But, sure enough, I got the M&Ms, and Neil played the album for Graham."


WE'RE NOT WORTHY! WE'RE NOT WORTHY!

/Yes, I know that's not the line that followed, but I thought it appropriate.
 
2013-10-22 09:01:33 AM
Neil Young - cooler than a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse.
Long may he run.
 
2013-10-22 09:15:43 AM
Was at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Honolulu in 1981 at a small club. Midway through the show, Jimmy spotted Neil sitting two rows in front of me, and called him onto the stage. He played the next hour with him. Excellent bonus!

/God bless Neil Young
 
2013-10-22 09:24:09 AM
"more barn" is an old story, but still cool to hear

in fact - there have been t-shirts made about it:

http://www.morebarn.org/
 
2013-10-22 09:25:21 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Was at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Honolulu in 1981 at a small club. Midway through the show, Jimmy spotted Neil sitting two rows in front of me, and called him onto the stage. He played the next hour with him. Excellent bonus!

/God bless Neil AMERICAN Young

.

FTFY
 
2013-10-22 09:35:24 AM
best large-venue concert i ever saw: neil young and crazy horse at the rosemont horizon in about '91 or so, with sonic youth and social distortion opening. he still had the giant fender amp sets before they went to the RnR HOF. and the arena sounded like a small club. it was absolutely thrilling.

/csb
 
2013-10-22 09:37:20 AM

HooskerDoo: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Was at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Honolulu in 1981 at a small club. Midway through the show, Jimmy spotted Neil sitting two rows in front of me, and called him onto the stage. He played the next hour with him. Excellent bonus!

/God bless Neil AMERICAN Young.

FTFY


www.aquariumdrunkard.com

You're absolutely right. My bad. :)
 
2013-10-22 10:09:46 AM
Neil Young is friggin' awesome.
 
2013-10-22 11:00:05 AM

TheLopper: Neil Young is friggin' awesome.


I thought so for decades (heh).  Wish I hadn't read Shakey.  :.(

/still think he's a hell of a songwriter/performer.  But yeah, a total douche.
 
2013-10-22 11:09:10 AM

HooskerDoo: Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.


Isn't he a staunch republican?
 
2013-10-22 11:11:08 AM

Cog Spinner: I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.


The weird thing is, his guitar playing *perfectly* matches his singing style.  Both are unique.
 
2013-10-22 11:20:58 AM

ristst: HooskerDoo: Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.

Isn't he a staunch republican?


Like Iggy Pop, he was then he wasn't. Then he was, then he wasn't. Then he was. Then he wasn't.

Depends on which day you ask.  Right now, after Shrub, I think he'd reply in the negative to that query. See (or, rather, listen to) Living With War from Shrub's 6th or 7th year in office.

Yeah. I greatly dig his music. But he's the walking epitome of the saying "Don't meet your heroes!"
 
2013-10-22 11:29:07 AM
"I said get into the rowboat? He said, yeah, we're going to go out into the middle of the lake. Now, I think he's got a little cassette player with him or a little, you know, early digital format player."

Digital player? In 1972?
 
2013-10-22 11:34:04 AM

poconojoe: "more barn" is an old story, but still cool to hear

in fact - there have been t-shirts made about it:

http://www.morebarn.org/


When I first read it, he was playing Jimi Hendrix on the sound system.  Could have played his new tunes for Nash after that, though.

/obtw, he's Canadian
 
2013-10-22 11:39:42 AM

Atomic Spunk: Cog Spinner: I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.

/That is all
//I feel the same about Bob Dylan
///Guess it is all about the lyrics

You sound hopelessly sober.

But seriously, Tom Petty also fits into this category as well. Lou Reed. Some songs by Bruce Springsteen too. It's stylized storytelling - it's not for everyone, but some people like it.


I think it's even simpler than that.  Rock and Roll is Folk Art, when you get down to it, and technique has never been it's most valued quality.

For instance, how many classical opera singers have had hit records in the last 60 years?  I don't know exactly, but I am going to guess the number is close to 0.
 
2013-10-22 12:29:32 PM

BohemianGraham: Atomic Spunk: Cog Spinner: I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.

/That is all
//I feel the same about Bob Dylan
///Guess it is all about the lyrics

You sound hopelessly sober.

But seriously, Tom Petty also fits into this category as well. Lou Reed. Some songs by Bruce Springsteen too. It's stylized storytelling - it's not for everyone, but some people like it.

Phil Ochs as well. Mind you, he's woefully underrated, but I know a lot of people don't like his singing.


"I dreamt I saw Phil Ochs last night, alive as you and me..."
 
2013-10-22 12:39:11 PM

ristst: HooskerDoo: Neil Young is a great American and a national treasure.

Isn't he a staunch republican?


No. He's pretty much a liberal hippy.
 
2013-10-22 01:14:00 PM

HooskerDoo: No. He's pretty much a liberal hippy


Not always. He, like Iggy, was a BIG booster of Reagan in Ronnie's first term.

Drugs are can be very bad, MMMMKay.
 
2013-10-22 01:29:37 PM

Cog Spinner: I have never understood Neil Young's success. He seems like an incredibly nice guy, but when he sings he sounds like he's either totally drunk or stoned or both. I'm not expecting him to sound like Whitney Houston, but for crying out loud whenever I hear him I want to check him into rehab. I mean, good for him for what he's accomplished and people seem to like him, but I just wish he didn't sound like he was on a bender every time I've heard him sing.

/That is all
//I feel the same about Bob Dylan
///Guess it is all about the lyrics


He isn't what you'd call a "good" singer, but his voice works in the context of his music. And it isn't just the lyrics, although they are pretty great. Consider Wayne Coyne, lead singer of the Flaming Lips; early on in his career he started  consciously imitating Neil Young's singing voice, despite the fact that his music was in a very different style. There's something there, Young's voice isn't merely bad, although it may not be to your taste.

/I feel the same about Dylan
 
2013-10-22 02:16:39 PM

malaktaus: There's something there, Young's voice isn't merely bad, although it may not be to your taste.


It's really, most sincerely bad?

follow the yellow brick road, eh
 
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