I Fucking Love That Band Ep. #16- Neil Young- Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

Neil Young2This week on I Fucking Love That Band, Dave gives his analysis of the classic Neil Young and Crazy Horse album, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. This was the first Neil Young album Dave owned and it’s a perfect introduction to Neil’s vast catalog of music. Click on the Youtube link below and give this great album a listen.

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5 thoughts on “I Fucking Love That Band Ep. #16- Neil Young- Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

  1. Yo man. Nice discussion of a great record. I like the idea of “cinnamon girl” being about Neil’s feminine side. I have always loved that song. I like the idea that he had to imagine himself as a woman to access the vulnerability he felt by being famous. It’s a pretty cool idea and one i had not heard before. (unless you told me about it 10 years ago when I was drunk, in which case, that is your fault for expecting me to remember that).

    As far as “Down by The River,” I think you are right and if we are going to approach this with any sort of modern critical way we can’t really give the artist’s claims too much credence. Then again, I don’t think that Neil approaching a murder ballad from a straight forward way is necessarily bad, or lame. Every artist writes a song of lost love, but that is not lame. It’s just a format that every artist is interested in. There is inherent drama, inherent identification and revulsion. Hendrix, Dylan, Cash, Springsteen, they all did murder ballads and they don’t all have to be cryptic. It is almost like poets using the haiku or sonnet form. They want to see what it is like when they apply those rules to their style.

    Anyway, super cool, super thoughtful discussion, and a great excuse for me to revisit a great record. Now let’s argue which is the best Neil record. I suggest Rust Never Sleeps. Now you go.

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