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Neil Young & The Shocking Pinks

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In 1983 Neil Young proposed the album Old Ways to be released at Geffen Records. Geffen Records, who were already unhappy with the first album Young did for them, Trans, refused it ‘cause it sounded ‘too country’. They did however like the ‘rockabilly’ songs that were on the album and since some old rockabilly songs had made it back into the top 40 recently they asked Young to explore the genre a bit further. Young founded the Shockin’ Pinks pretty much on the spot and recorded the album Everybody’s Rockin’ in one day. He mixed it the same night too. It’s running length was less than 25 minutes and some-one seemed to appreciate the joke Young seemed to intend. Except it was no joke, it was revenge for Old Ways. Geffen didn’t appreciate the joke either and sued Young for making noncommercial album like this one. He did tour with the Shocking Pinks though, albeit they only showed up for an encore (who else would do that except Neil Young). The band consisted of Neil Young (piano, guitar, harmonica), Ben “King” Keith (alto sax, lead guitar), Tim Drummond (upright bass), Karl Himmel (snare), Larry Byron (piano, backing vocals), Anthony Crawford (backing vocals) and Rick Polombi (backing vocals). The band later re-incarnated into the International Harvesters.

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  • sls

    the socking pinks from NZ? cause that would be awesome, not because of neil, but because of the shocking pinks from NZ

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Caviaris

    just pain and simple good ol rock n roll. fuck the haters, and fuck the record company for suing him

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • Hunter_Zombie

    You know, I'm getting old, but I'm pretty sure Heart of Gold and Powderfinger weren't on this album. Good tracks, though, so I understand the confusion

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TIWL

    @Hunter_Zombie: Send me a message whenever you come to think it's silly all in bad fun grandma, so I'll stop listening.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    "Geffen Records, who were already unhappy with the first album Young did for them, Trans, refused it ‘cause it sounded ‘too country’. They did however like the ‘rockabilly’ songs that were on the album..." I so wish I would have been there when Neil must have told the exec to get bent and cram the rejected tapes up his ass. Damn music business.

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Hunter_Zombie

    Silly, but all in good fun

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • hhhoudini

    TheFoggyNotion said it.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • bootload

    "lets go back in time to see what Rock 'N Roll really is... and if you're going to tell me do something, yell at me and sue me, you better tell me exactly what to do or you might get exactly what you asked for" ~ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00f815m

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TheFoggyNotion

    Insanely underrated album. It's a fantastic, fun-as-hell genre exercise.

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • Galuschka

    Smooth

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • IamFlood

    You said it man.

    13 May 2007 Reply
  • gallagherbros5

    This shit's hot.

    13 Apr 2007 Reply

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