Everybody's Rockin'

Everybody's Rockin'

by Neil Young & the Shocking PinksNeil Young & the Shocking Pinks


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Everybody's Rockin', credited to "Neil and the Shocking Pinks," was largely dismissed as a perverse novelty/hoax when it was originally released in 1983. That reaction wasn't surprising, since this brief collection of stripped-down, swinging rockabilly tunes incongruously followed the futurist-electropunk Trans, which had already served to thoroughly perplex a sizable chunk of the artist's audience. That's a shame, since this unlikely winner -- not exactly essential Young, but a swell listen nonetheless -- has a good deal more to recommend it than its critics are willing to concede. Not surprisingly, Young's take on rockabilly isn't a matter of retro purism. Instead, tunes like "Wonderin'" and "Cry, Cry, Cry" have a bemused, slightly unhinged quality that's unmistakably, eccentrically personal. The tongue-in-cheek "Payola Blues" carries the bitter sting of autobiographical experience, and covers of the early rock/blues standards "Mystery Train" and "Bright Lights, Big City" carry an emotional gravity that belies the project's surface lightheartedness.

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Release Date: 08/01/2000
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949070625
catalogNumber: 490706
Rank: 27129

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