Neil Young Goes New Wave
Neil Young spent the first 15 years of his career building a loyal audience of rock fans. Then he devoted most of the Eighties to alienating them with a series of eclectic, genre-based albums. It started with the release of his 1982 LP Trans. For people raised on "Heart of Gold" and "Old Man," it was quite jarring to see Young in a skinny tie singing "Computer Age" into a vocoder made his lyrics unintelligible. It sounded like Kraftwerk, not Crazy Horse. The disc has developed a following over the years, but at the time most people just found it baffling. Label chief David Geffen was so upset he sued Young for creating "unrepresentative work."