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Posted on 04/14/2006 9:13:32 AM PDT by slowhand520
Neil Young, Son of Famed Reporter, Records "Impeach the President" Song
By E&P Staff
Published: April 14, 2006 11:40 AM ET
The 60's relics are so precious ain't they? Is this guy even American?
NEW YORK As an E&P "Pressing Issues" column recently noted, rock star Neil Young is the son of a famed Canadian journalist, so it should not surprise many that he recently recorded a song in California with a very reportorial -- or at least pundit -- feel to it.
Its called Impeach the President, so there can be little question what it is about.
Apparently it was recorded with a 100-voice choir. Rumors have circulated the past few days on the Web, but E&P has tracked down the strongest confirmation in a blog kept by Sherman Oaks, Ca. musician/singer Alicia Morgan.
Previous reports quoted hints by Young and Jonathan Demme (who directed the new documentary Heart of Gold) that Neil was working on a hard-rocking political or anti-Bush CD.
Last Friday, Morgan wrote on her LastLeftB4Hooterville blog that she had been summoned to a local studio to sing on the new record with 99 others. I'm not going to give the whole thing away, but the first line of one of the songs was Let's impeach the President for lyin'! Turns out the whole thing is a classic beautiful protest record. The session was like being at a 12-hour peace rally. Every time new lyrics would come up on the screen, there were cheers, tears and applause. It was a spiritual experience. I can't believe my good fortune at being a part of this.
We finished the session by singing an a capella version of 'America the Beautiful' and there was not a dry eye in the house.
Neil said it should be out in 6 to 8 weeks."
Harp magazine reported on its Web site Thursday that Demme had confirmed in an e-mail, Neil just finished writing and recording -- with no warning -- a new album called 'Living With War.' It all happened in three days It is a brilliant electric assault, accompanied by a 100-voice choir, on Bush and the war in Iraq Truly mind blowing. Will be in stores soon.
The magazine continued: Details are pretty scarce, but the featured track, titled Impeach the President, features a rap with Bushs voice set to the choir chanting flip/flop and the like.
Young has always been a maverick politically as well as musically. Although he has recorded a few songs with a "liberal" slant, he also drew criticism from the left for pro-Reagan comments many years ago. Most of his albums contain few if any political songs.
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It would be a scream if Crosby, Stills, and Nash joined him in a charity concert for impeaching the president. That would be scream (especially if one of them has died the way imfamous rockers typically die).
The best way to earn the admiration of your peers and reap critical acclaim from the elite of your industry is to do something liberal. That's all. It doesn't even have to be good. Just left-wing. Some evangelizing for your religion.
I remember reading articles about Young in the so-called "alternative" press, maybe a dozen or more years ago that painted him as a political maverick, leaning conservative or libertarian. They couldn't bring themsleves to criticize him, after all, he was a Woodstock boy, and he didn't express support any nasty fascist Republicans. But to me he sounded like another joe palooka, as he does today, not well read, or particularly deep, just against certain things we all ought to be against, but for no reasons in his case that were intelligently articulated or well thought out. As I said, joe palooka.
Finally. Somebody who does appreciate the good stuff, but my favorite is Cowgirl in the Sand
Out on the weekend
This article has it overblown, knowing Neil's past work I'm sure the "political content" of these songs will cut both ways. Mark my words. When the CD comes out, we will post the lyrics here and let the flaming begin.
Harvest, Rust Never Sleeps and Harvest Moon were great albums! Prairie Wind isn't bad either. I don't care if he plays one note - Live Rust was the best concert film of the 70's. Don't forget Crazy Horse. Pure Rock!
Pompous asshole? no doubt. But great sounds over the years.
Rockin' In The Free World
by Neil Young
I do not agree with Neil about the "Impeach Bush" tune. But i must say it is his right...wait a minute.....is he a Canadian or American or (the blessed among us) dual citizenship? Oh well, I certainly like his music and have heard some really good things about him and his family. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, not that he needs that.
Neil, you are so 1969. Just shut up and sing about drugs and cinammon girls and such, k?
that poster is correct, I remember a televised news report where Neil Young endorsed Reagan over Walter Mondale in the 1984 presidential election.
Yes, I did, duh. That's what happens when you don't preview.
In the unlikely event it actually is, it would be the first because there is no such other record.
The angry loony left strikes again...
The idiots do not refer to all yankees, only those who look down on us southerners.
For a period in the 70's Young was bursting with creativity and good tunes. Since the 80's, he's had occassional successes, but he's an example of one of those artists who has to work at what used to come naturally.
Are we all supposed to think Skynyrd were great because they said "Yeah, well we don't like YOU either!" in response to an interesting, original song that had some relevence to the time when it was penned? I won't buy this song or CD, and I think Young is uninformed and stupid about this situation. But while Skynyrd had a good tune or two they were pretty plain, a glorified bar band. In terms of originality, creativity and artistry, he kicks Skynyrd's butt all over the place, his ignorant politics notwithstanding. We shouldn't let politics determine our "loyalty" toward musicians. IMHO, of course.
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