Play it Again, Sam #17a - "Like a Hurricane"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 11, 2018 10:04pm CST
You might or might not be familiar with the song "Life is Killing Me" by Type O Negative. It's killing me for the last couple of months, but I'm doing all that I can to hang on, which is why I haven't gotten to any of your discussions during that time period. Please don't take it personally. But Play it Again, Sam must go on. As always, Play it Again, Sam is a two part discussion consisting of an original song followed by a cover of that song. We are at #17a, the "original," an all-time favorite, "Like a Hurricane," by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. From the band's 1975 album, American Stars 'n Bars, "Like a Hurricane" has an interesting story. The song was written, at a time when Young was unable to sing due to a vocal chord operation, with friend and neighbor, Taylor Phelps, in the back of a DeSoto Suburban, of all places (what, exactly, were they doing hanging out in the back of a DeSoto, is anybody's guess. I've seen shots of Young sitting on a folding chair on the mezzanine at San Jose Sharks games, rather than a proper seat or in a luxury box, so he obviously is a little different!) Featuring some of the most passionate guitar play that you are ever going to hear, "Like a Hurricane" is classic Crazy Horse. Sadly, although it was released as a single, it only charted, at #48, in the UK. And yet, it's a staple of Young's concert setlist, because it's just so damn awesome. As such, it's been covered by quite a few notables. If you can't figure out where I'm going with this, let's just say that if you've been paying any attention at all, you aren't going to be surprised at all when you see the cover. Stay tuned! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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Good one Scott! Electric feedback at its best. Although I gravitate to Neil's softer acoustic side I really enjoy this tune! The song was about an attraction Young had with a girl named Gail he met in a bar. It was before his marriage to Pegi Morton (Motorcycle Mama). The song reminds me of "Down By The River" in that both tunes get your attention albeit in different ways, ha.