Re: Essential Neil Young
posted at 1/17/2014 2:04 PM EST
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
Now , let's get one thing straight, no one...yes NO ONE!!!....likes a good instrumental as much as I do. Many of my favorite songs are instrumentals.
...but, if a song is going to have lyrics, I want intelligent lyrics....meaningful lyrics ( funny lyrics....Commander Cody) I hate music that has pointless lyrics , love music with good, intelligent lyrics....Dylan, Young, Lennon....( others include Stan Ridgway...very under-rated...., Psychedelic Furs, The The, Joni Mitchell, Megadeth ,Bad Religion , and many more).
Cannot stand KC and the Sunshine Band ....absolutely the worst music with lyrics ever made. I could tolerate it if it had no lyrics or if the lyrics said something of any type of meaning.
Appreciated. I'm just saying that disco didn't kill good lyrics and couldn't have even if it tried.
And yet, you have to admit that there are whole lot of silly, pointless lyrics in rock n' roll. I'm more drawn to the music than the lyrics, too, but I also love a good turn of phrase (Lou Reed, Elvis Costello) and literate songwriters.
Led Zeppelin, for example. Great band...lots of silly lyrics. Not as bad as some critics seem to think, but still not all that great, either. Plant was best when he kept it simple (e.g. Rain Song).
I mean, rock n' roll was started with things like "wop-bop-a-lu-bop-a-lop-bam-boom" and "tutti-frutti-on-a-rutti"...not the most intellectual stuff.
And that's fine. IMO, rock is not supposed to be perfect or smart or totally original all the time. I think of a song like "Wonderwall". Great song. I love it. But the lyrics are just nonsense, and the writer admitted as such. "I Am The Walrus"...great song, silly lyrics.
And I LOVE Neil Young. Neil's genius is in his writing but also in his delivery and the passion of his playing. "Heart Of Gold" isn't O'Neill or Wharton or even Dylan, but in Young's hands, it's an all-time country-rock classic.