Decade (err... why?) and you want some Neil Young action, you should get yourself over to the peerless Aquarium Drunkard which regularly cover all things Young-ian amongst loads of other good stuff.
So I'm going to represent the letter 'y' with a cover of Neil Young's Heart of Gold by a rubbish German disco band from the 1970s.
Boney M - Heart of Gold (Neil Young cover)
Visit - Boney M
Buy - Night Flight to Venus
Richard Cook, co-author of the Penguin Guide to Jazz,
sadly passed away earlier this year. That book (along with a stint in
the jazz department at a local record shop), really led me to a lot of
my favourite music ever. With Brian Morton, Cook wrote eloquently and
simply. Best of all, he was nearly always right.
One artist that he led me to explore further was American polymorph John Zorn.
My first exposure to his music came from the 1989 South Bank Show
special about the New York music scene, featuring Zorn and Sonic Youth -
I wish now we'd taped the whole programme, not just the SY section!
the course of hundreds of albums Zorn has covered a lot of ground so a
guide like the Penguin Guide is pretty indispensable - unless you or a
close friend has a completist bent and a lot of money.
The Guide rightly points to his breakthrough album The Big Gundown,
featuring radical re-workings of Ennio Morricone's music, as an
essential release. I think this is pretty much an extension of Zorn's
earlier 'game' approach to music, where rules and signals govern the
music, rather than a conventional score - for example, he gets legendary
jazz harmonica player in to whistle the harmonica theme to Once Upon a Time in America. Most pieces are musical representations of the films they originally scored; in particular the theme to Once Upon a Time in the West
pits two howling guitars against each other to represent the final
duel. MP3 representations do these tracks no favours at all, so if
you're interested, see the link below and buy it, friend!
Because of his love of hardcore (and in particular the mighty Napalm Death), Zorn formed Naked City
in 1988, with Bill Frisell (guitars), Fred Frith (bass), Wayne Horvitz
(keyboards), Joey Baron (drums), and occasional vocals from Yamatsuka
Eye and Mike Patton.
There really isn't a huge amount you can say
about this - it's ferocious and utterly visceral and your response is
physical rather than intellectual. It mostly makes me nod my head with
wide eyes and an open mouth. It's not all ear-bleeding stuff but mostly
it's like cleaning your ears out with a switchblade. Mmm-mmm-good.
John Zorn/Naked City - Hammerhead
John Zorn/Naked City - You Will Be Shot
John Zorn/Naked City - Punk China Doll
John Zorn/Naked City - Reanimator
Another great album is the first Masada album, Alef. Masada
was an attempt to create a radical new Jewish music - as Zorn said, the
idea was to put "Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together".
bought this after borrowing it from Ilkeston library - anyone who has
any knowledge of South East Derbyshire will understand how truly bizarre
John Zorn/Masada - Tzofeh
song is so funky and really gives the lie to the idea that Zorn is just
an avant-garde squawker. There are some beautiful lines and some great
interplay with Dave Douglas on trumpet. Plus at 3.47 it has one of the
best drum solos ever.
Visit - John Zorn / Tzadik
Buy - The Big Gundown
Buy - Naked City
Buy - Masada Alef (expensive import)