Sunday, September 27, 2009

Song of the Week - Sample and Hold by Neil Young

I have 8,049 songs on iTunes. This is one of them.

This song is from Neil's 1982 album Trans. In the early 80s, Young was experimenting with synthesizers and this is probably his most extreme use. He is singing through something called a vocoder, which is an electronic instrument used to digitize speech. The other guitarist featured in this video is Nils Lofgren.



Sample and Hold
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Eyes: Blue
Weight: 110
Disposition: Even
Mood Code: Rotary Adjustable

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When you energize
And see your unit come alive
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But not the lonely one
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1 comment:

MattR said...

Believe it or not, I think this was the first time that Neil Young sunk into my consciousness. I probably heard a lot of his earlier hits without knowing who he was. This is the first time I associated the name with a particular song. It got some airplay on Friday Night Videos.