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03 June 2011

Neil Young & DEVO. I'd never seen this performance before.
Whoa! WHOA! What a find! That is some avant-garde shit, right there. Especially toward the end, when the noise aspect really kicks in, and Neil starts rocking the cradle and twiddling the knobs. LOVE his one-note guitar solos, too. That's all you need.

Gonna be sharing this on Facebook for sure. Thanks, BP.
posted by flapjax at midnite 03 June | 23:47
The missing link.
posted by Ardiril 04 June | 02:33
The young upstarts from Ohio weren't prepared for the surreal scene around Young. "Devo was like the crew of the starship Enterprise we just watched the behavior of people in Los Angeles and couldn't believe it," said Gerald V. Casale. "It was really like observing another reality as an alien being, like the nerd that finally gets let into the prom."

Young assembled an impressive cast consisting of Stockwell, Tamblyn, Sally Kirkland and Dennis Hopper, but this was years before the actors were rediscovered by David Lynch or Kirkland got an Oscar nomination for Anna. "It seemed like an unhappy time," Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh said about some of the cast. "they were all drinkin' heavily, doin' lots of drugs. Neil was the most grounded of all . . . . they had attached their egos onto him."

Well into the substance abuse that nearly finished him, Dennis Hopper was a little unhinged during much of the filming. "Hopper I remember as being totally frightening, like the guy in Apocalypse Now a little Frank Booth, too" said Casale. "He wouldn't let you alone. He'd chase you around the set givin' you his rap, whether you wanted to hear it or not 'Devo, you think yer shit doesn't stink, don't ya.' And Dean Stockwell would be behind him, laughing at everything he said 'heh, heh, heh' this evil laughter, like Ed McMahon. You never knew what the hell was going on. A lotta mind-fuck games." (Hopper sighed when I brought up Devo. "They'd say, 'Oh, remember him he's that old actor.'").

Much more here.

Check out this cast for Human Highway. You just want to scroll up to the director and read David Lynch.
posted by Ardiril 04 June | 02:51
That was unexpected.
posted by octothorpe 04 June | 09:27
I was playing Rock Band with my 8-year-old last night, and halfway through Whip It, she said, "This song just makes your brain like it."
posted by jeoc 04 June | 16:21
If anyone's interested, a buddy of mine sent me the MP3 of this song today; you can grab it here.

jeoc, your kid is exactly right. :)
posted by BoringPostcards 04 June | 17:16
This was unexpectedly the best thing ever.

I anticipated a 4 minute long novelty cover, I got 9+ minutes of Crazy Horse meets Can in Pere Ubu's basement. Awesome.
posted by BitterOldPunk 04 June | 20:49
Crazy Horse meets Can in Pere Ubu's basement - Damn, that's a good description, especially as you really get sucked into the moment at the 7:00 mark.
posted by Ardiril 04 June | 21:52
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