Grouch on the Couch

Starved of basic cable and an inherent sense of hipness, the Grouch turns his ire on pop culture

Friday, April 28, 2006

Neil Young Sucks

I know Neil Young is supposedly a genius, a visionary, one our greatest rock legends.

To that I say: BULLSHIT

Neil Young is a crabby old coot who possibly USED TO rock but hasn't shown any inclination even minutely rocking in the last decade.

Witness his belated arrival to the anti-Bush pop culture scene. Young has decided to wait until Bush is at the eye-poppingly low 32 percent approval to release a song with such uninspiring lyrics as:

"Let's impeach the president for lying / And leading our country into war . . . Abusing all the power that we gave him / And shipping all our money out the door."

Though, in Neil Young's defense, he needed to put out something to cover up the fact that he supported the PATRIOT Act (Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act) and released a song called 'Let's Roll' -- a hyperpatriotic nod to Flight 93.

Just ask Andrew Sullivan and Christopher Hitchins, it's never too late to jump on the bandwagon to bail out your career.

Hey, what rhymes with 'war'?
I know. . . 'door'! Oops, I pooped
my pants. . . where am I?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to be a Neil Young fan many eons ago, but you're right. He is kind of late to the game this time. Where was he when others, like the Dixie Chicks, stepped forward years ago?

8:51 PM  
Blogger Marvelle said...

Yeah, you don't get a free ride for life it at one time you were actually an activist doing good things.

Look at Patrick Moore, the former founder of Greenpeace. He's like a raging right-wing global warming denier now. I love Greenpeace but Moore doesn't get a pass in perpetuity.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young is a piece of shit. He should take his Canadian ass back up north never to be allowed to come into the USA again. I never heard someone who has whined and bellyached so much....ever. Even in his songs it's like he's whining.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your all fucking idiots, NY rocks, has for year, and hopefully will continue rocking for years

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Alex Moore (google it) said...

Niel Young needs to shut the fuck up! First of all, hes fucking Canadian so his opinion about anything to do with the United States doesn't even matter

Second, hes fucking stupid, he's got a pony tail, and he wears socks with sandals. Thats what I call a tool

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how stupid can you be? first state some good reasons, or arguments, before saying he sucks.

everyone is entitled to their own opinion,but if you only use this as arguments, you just have to shut up.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

I think he wrote a few good songs, split Crosby Stills and Nash up and sounds like a whiny whimp with his irritating cat- yowling vocal stylings. A friend of mine who shared a stage with him said that he says odd things and acts very strange. Socks and sandals doesn't surprise me. "Godfather of Grunge"?! Who came up with that? That's worse than Springsteen being called "the Boss". I agree that his protests songs were a day late and a dollar short for Bush. How can so many people I respect think he is so great? I'd as soon listen to Yoko if I needed to hurt my ears.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NY is a whiney pansy. He never rocked. Seriously, you're going to write a whiney song like "Rockin in the Free World" bashing the US and YOU'RE FROM CANADA???? If the US is so bad get the fuck out. How much money have you made off US capitalism again? Typical left wing trash, bash the system that made you rich. He's nothing, Hollywood just like him because they love anyone that puts down the freedom that they used to get their 50 million dollar houses, meanwhile they exploit people and create division. Go to f'in Cuba if you hate this Country so much and take all the other left wing Hollywood hypocrites with you.

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“So all you critics sit alone. You’re no better than me for what you shown”
I am not sure you guys know his work. Maybe you do. But I expect that you do not. If you were a songwriter then you might listen. Oh and I am surprised that there has not been any reference to “Sweet Home Alabama”. I expect you do not know the truth about that song and Ronnie and Neil (Drive by Truckers did a little Cliff Note song for you) dummies….pay attention.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous badger1 said...

I liked Neil Young as a kid. I saw him recently at his one man show and he was awful, I mean really really horrible. I felt bad for dragging my wife and friends to see this cranky hippie sing about drug use and his new found politics. He never smiled, engaged the audience, or said 'thanks' after a song.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young is nauseating! I've said it before and I'll say it again. He is super rich and does not like to pay for wars! He just wants to make money period. Those phony benefit concerts payed his wife's salary at the bridge school. It's all about the money and jumping around from folk to country to rock. What's ever is popular and sells music. He needs to be deported and go bad mouth his Canadian Leaders. Go pay Canadian taxes for socialized medicine because we don't need the taxes you pay. You are not worth it.

1:44 PM  
Blogger BIGBADBEAL said...

I fucking hate Neil Young. Respect.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young is a stupid, whining, opportunistic, lying douchebag. Pretty much a typical liberal. Full of shit, full of themselves

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all I am a guitar player. I love and appreciate music. Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Reed etc... When I was a kid I thought The Beatles and Neil Young were great. I believed in all that peace and love nonsense. But now I'm a MAN and I know how the real world operates. Neil Young does not. He's a Canadian Rock Star. Notice I said Rock not Rock n Roll. He doesn't know anything about the real world or America. Its a disgrace he plays ol' Hank's guitar too. I'm sick of seeing all these anti patriotic Hollywood yuppies spitting on the American flag and degrading American culture. Elvis was smart trying to get The Beatles thrown out when all that peace and love junk was being thrown around.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't give a crap about his politics. Neil Young may have been a decent songwriter, but he sucks big time as a vocalist.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem isn't that he has lately written tacky, laughably politically "charged" lyrics, it's that he has ALWAYS been a bad lyricist, an unimaginative guitarist, and a godawful singler. There's nothing more to it. I mean, seriously, "Hey hey, my my, rock and roll can never die, it's better to burn out than to fade away, hey hey, my my"? Who can seriously say that these are good, engaging lyrics?

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck you guys neil young forever..hes made more money than all of us on this post together..his music is legend and so you all should SHUT THE FUCK UP....then google kent crawford and check out his tunes....

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Neil Young bashers aren't worthy of scraping the shit of of his shoes!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's the worst fucking singer and a lot of times his guitar sounds out of tune live. Piece of shit and i wouldn't call him a musician.

10:26 PM  
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11:23 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Haha..this is perfect

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NY does suck, wish he'd just die and get off the stage. People here bitchin' about him being a CDN in the US, now he's up here in Canada spewing his brain-addled crap, we'd like him to go back to California.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I don't know who's more pathetic. Washed up liberal Neil Young or all the hippie wannabes that are slamming him for not being anti-Bush enough and not subscribing to the fiction of global warming fast enough. You're all to be pitied.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the greenpeace guy is right about global warming. It really is hype cooked up by the Bilderberg gang to tax the masses for energy consumption. There is plenty of scientific debate, its just that those that produce contrary evidence don't get funded or published. Hence, they are forced to blow the whistle online where they can easily be marginalized in the echo chamber. That's how the game is played. But before you have an emotional reaction, at least use a little reasoning. If elite types like Al Gore are so worried about it, why don't they start a campaign to, say, reduce jet travel? Jets surely produce a lot of CO2, don't they?

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can no one spell or use punctuation correctly anymore? You folks should brush up on your English before writing. Or at least use a computer with an actual keyboard to do it, because typing on a cell phone is doing you no favors. And it shows. This is out of hand.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My favorite neil young moment will be when I find out this old closet cocksucker kicks the bucket.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL wow all of you dumb fucking Americans. All I keep saying is this: "He is a Canadian shitting on America spitting on the American flag blah blah fucking blah he should go back to Canada blah blah. You all sound like inbred redneck Bush supporting piece of shit republicans who know nothing about politics. You know why Neil Young knows whats right for USA? BECAUSE HE COMES FROM A COUNTRY THAT SPENDS MONEY WISELY DOESN'T GET AND IN DEBT OVER USELESS WARS. Why don't you faggot Americans just turn into North Korea? segregate yourselves from society this way nobody from any country can say anything remotely controversial about your shitbag country. Get a fucking grip on reality and look at USA and how pathetic you guys sound about this. Fuck your flag fuck USA and fuck every single thing you stand for. Signed: The rest of the world

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this pos that abused heavy drugs for decades is all of a sudden going to preach about how bad coffee is for me? This fried brain bozo probably doesn't even now what GMO means. These hippies should go back to smoking their drugs and stop pontificating.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been a fan of Neil for 45 years...loved all his stuff. Even inspired me to play guitar.
Remember the line "thankful for my children and my faithful wife"?
Seems the dickweed forgot all that when he started banging the hasbeen Hannah.
All his crap is hitting the dumpster. Hypocrite A-hole.
Remember this on yer deathbed Neil.
Looser. Sellout to the Fear of Getting Old

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Nishi Baichi 你是白痴 said...

She's a cranky old woman that needs to find some happiness in this world before she kicks the bucket!!!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Neil - you're great with the criticisms, great with the protests but I've noticed you never really seem to come up with ANY solutions. Too bad - I guess that would take a lot more work. Maybe you should take a lesson from Alice Cooper who said I'm an entertainer - NOT a politician! Thanks Al.

I'm not anonymous but I don't think I should join google's commercial datamining efforts either.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, he's whiney no talent ass.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I guess it's just because I'm so unsympathetic to the guys who believe if we bury all of our weapons in the sand that all will be roses and gumdrops. I think it's because I spent 20 years in the military as a fighter pilot that I disagree.

I won't take away anything from his music. I've always enjoyed it. "Old Man" speaks to my youth with my father and I've always loved that song.

That's all there is though.

The reality of the world is much different than the meanderings of the few. What makes a musician an expert on world affairs? Because he writes a cool song that we can relate to? Has he been in the safes listening to the intelligence officer giving the briefing of the day? Has he strapped his ass to a jet and proceeded to the pointy end of the spear just so 'we' can protect the freedom of speech and the undeserved lifestyle that he lives? Just so he can watch CNN and get his version of the news that differs so much from reality?

Just because you're clever with words doesn't mean you're smart. Neil Young is a case in point. ALL of us are here in this beautiful part of the world and living our freedom filled lives because of the sacrifices that many have made before us.

Stick your head in the sand as Neil has done and face obliteration or wake up to the reality that there are many, many that want you and your family dead and risk facing that very scenario.

Your choice. Utopia or reality.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

neil young should eat shit

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that's ironic

4:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for America you,d be speaking German you dumbshit.
I'll wait while you research what i just schooled you in.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous J said...

Neil is your god - you talentless haters. Go fuck yourself and your shit culture of backstabbing cunts.

4:23 PM  
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2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were it not for Crosby, Stills & Nash, nobody would have ever heard of Neil Young.
He is a mediocre guitarist (at best), with one of the worst voices in music history. Even when he was younger, he could not sing to save his own life.
With so many albums to his credit (many which were total flops), try to name more than three song, from memory, that anyone would bother to listen to.
You have to give him a lot of credit for his devotion to his disabled children, but as a musician, I just don't understand what anyone thinks is so great about him.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen brother, I could not have stated that any better!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NY SUCKS- get used to it , sounds like you are in some kind of denial phase.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young don't deserve the credit for work with disabled children. It was the hard work of Pegi Young. He is simply a 2 string guitar player at best. For the most part he runs up and down the neck remaining steady on the two strings he's managed to find. In concert (believe me, I didn't buy the tickets) I found him to be totally arrogant and self-absorbed. I laugh when I think about his Neil Young Solo "tour." This was definitely an attempt to shout at the world "look at how great I am." The actual outcome must have been a B*** buster for him. From the get-go he should have titled it "Neil Young So Low." If someone reading this is offended then so be it ~ I'm entitled to my opinion just as those who would choose to listen to this man have that choice. At best he is a poet who fell onto stage by his luck of crossing paths with CSN. The only reason I didn't sign this off with my name is because I find no gain by arguing with people who would argue his "inability to rock" with the true rockers of the era.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give this man a real guitar solo to play and then it will become obvious there is no guitar talent there, not to the level he's been given credit for. I have taken guitar lessons from local pro's (who have traveled nationally) for more then 10 years so I do have the ability to listen from an educated stance. Can I play like a pro - not even close. Can NY play like a pro - not even close. As I said, give him a real solo and it will be even more obvious that he's been given way too much credit. Try listening to him without his distortion pedal and it takes a steep down hill trip to even lower levels of any guitar talent. Oh, and don't get me started on his vocal tortures!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Young is a washed up old fart, privileged spoiled brat. Aristocrat tyrant and oppressor. Go away Neil young and never speak another word...forever!

7:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

He's just another has been that should shut up and do whatever it is that he can still attempt to do. Have another drink, pop some more crap and please stop acting like your views on politics might mean anything to a reasonable person.

9:06 PM  
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