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I don't recall where I read that "Everybody's Rockin'" was recorded out of equal parts spite and self-indulgence because Young was resentful of his current recording contract and wanted to give the label something he wouldn't be ashamed of yet they would find almost impossible to market. Anyone got a citation?
This sort of album would make an entertaining list of its own, including the albums Prince and the Rolling Stones recorded for similar reasons.
I don't think that was entirely Young's thinking - though I guess that's why Geffen sued him. In the Mojo interview which I reference it says:
"Q. Then came Everybody's Rockin', a curious and underwhelming collection of '50s rock pastiches and easily your most mystifying record to date. You lost a lot of your audience with that record, I reckon...
A. Well that was as good as Tonight's The Night as far as I'm concerned. The character was strong, the story was great but unfortunately, the story never got to appear on the album. Before I got a chance to finish it - I got stopped from recording. Geffen cancelled a couple of sessions where I was going to do two songs - Get Gone and Don't Take Your Love Away From Me - that would've given a lot more depth to The Shocking Pinks. But if you didn't see the shows you wouldn't be able to get into it fully. Of course, it wasn't anywhere near as intense as Tonight's The Night. There was very little depth to the material obviously. They were all 'surface' songs. But see, there was a time when music was like that, when all pop stars were like that. (Ardently) And it was good music, really good music. See, when I made albums like Everybody's Rockin' and everyone takes the shit out of 'em...l knew they could do that. What am l? Stupid? Did people really think I put that out thinking it was the greatest fuckin' thing I'd ever recorded? Obviously I'm aware it's not. Plus it was a way of further destroying what I'd already set up. Without doing that, I wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing now. If I build something up, I have to systematically tear it right down before people decide, *Oh that's how we can define him*."
-- Beardo 06:42, 22 May 2006 (UTC)
In a 1985 interview I read, Neil made the brilliantly deadpan observation: "Getting sued by your record company for failing to provide any commercial appeal after twenty years in the business, that's even better than being awarded a Grammy!" ;) 220.127.116.11 (talk) 03:17, 8 May 2014 (UTC)