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Neil Young & the Bluenotes

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Neil Young and his new backing band called The Bluenotes recorded an album “This Note’s For You”, which was released in 1988. The album featured brass section, which provided a jazzier sound.

Most of the album’s concept centered around the commercialism of rock and roll, and tours in particular (the title track is a social commentary on concert sponsorship).

The video for the title track famously included a Michael Jackson look-alike whose hair catches fire. The video parodied corporate rock, the pretensions of advertising and Michael Jackson in particular. It was initially banned by MTV after legal threats from Michael Jackson’s attorneys (although the Canadian music channel, MuchMusic ran it immediately). After becoming a hit on MuchMusic, MTV reconsidered their decision to yank the video and put it into heavy rotation, finally giving it the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video of the Year for 1989. The video was directed by Julien Temple and written by Charlie Coffey. It was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Concept Video” of 1989 but lost to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Michael Jackson video spoof of “Bad”, “Fat”.
Since Harold Melvin, founder of the R&B group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, took legal action against Young over use of the “Bluenotes” name, the album is now credited as a Neil Young solo recording. The backup band Young used for this album was renamed “Ten Men Workin’” (after the album’s lead-off song).

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  • zhimbo

    I've loved Neil for years, but put off seeking out the Bluenotes stuff. That was an idiot move. This stuff is great!

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • lock2stock

    "Did you mean: Neil Young?" No, I didn't. [3]

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • boozec

    I got the real thing... does anyone have a version of the track that's similar to the music video? Perhaps with the sax intro...?

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • SaltyMcSushi

    "Did you mean: Neil Young?" No, I didn't.

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • shawnevans

    Vote the band pic up and the CD cover down. :)

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • TheRealEvilOne

    I want it streamable! ;(

    16 Jul 2008 Reply
  • ricardolessa

    This Note's For You is a underrated album.

    23 Jun 2008 Reply
  • BradyMan

    THIS NOTE'S FOR YOU!

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • IamFlood

    This Note's For You kicks

    1 Nov 2006 Reply

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