Like any good teenager, I LOVED the Seattle grunge scene. I wore flannel, played my music loud, I even bought Stone Temple Pilots records, not realizing back then that they were really faking it. When Pearl Jam made Mirrorball with Neil Young, calling him the godfather of grunge, worlds collided. Suddenly, my dad's love for Neil was more than just a quirky obsession - it was Eddie Vedder-approved!
So I went back into the Neil catalog, and of course, one of my first stops was Southern Man, the song that got Lynyrd Skynyrd's panties in a twist (...i hope Neil Young will remember...southern man don't need him 'round, anyhow...) Southern Man is actually an indictment of racism in the south; so, way to read the subtext, Skynyrd.
[ mp3 ]: Neil Young - Southern Man
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The beauty of this album, though, lies in the quieter tunes that surround Southern Man. My favorite is the title track, which deals with so many of Neil's lifelong tropes: mortality, friendship, and environmentalism.
[ mp3 ] Neil Young - After the Goldrush
If you notice, these tracks are a little more fuzzy than others you may have downloaded before. Just a few more skips, crackles, and pops. That's because my dad must of played the shit out this one. Do yourself a favor and do the same. You can't fug up an mp3.