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Late Nite FDL: Rockin’ In the Free World


Update:  Crooks & Liars has must-see Colbert TV.  He tells the White House press corps what we’d all  love to tell them if we had them sitting there captive.  They respond with a completely predictable lack of humor. 

I think it’s safe to say they won’t be playing Neil Young in the White House elevators any time soon.  Richard Morin may be indignant at the hubris of anyone other than a political party leader uttering the "I" word, but be that as it may — Neil Young does so on his new album Living With War, as he continues his paeans to the Family Bush he began with Rockin’ in the Free World and the jabs he took at Bush 41 with lines about "a thousand points of light" and "a kinder, gentler Machine Gun hand." (You can stream the album here, including the song "Impeach the President").

Byron York will no doubt announce a conspiracy to rocket the song unfairly up the Amazon charts (where it now sits at #3).   So for purely educational purposes, to demonstrate to our wingy bretheren (whose attempts at "rocking out" generally prove an embarassment for anyone in the vicinity) that Neil Young has had, you know, a rather distinguished musical career, here are my top 10 Neil Young songs (in no particular order):

Expecting to Fly (with Buffalo Springfield) (listen)

Mr. Soul (with Buffalo Springfield) (listen)

Cinnamon Girl from everybody knows this is nowhere (listen)

Cowgirl in the Sand from everybody knows this is nowhere (listen

Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) from Rust Never Sleeps (listen

Live version of Needle and the Damage Done from Unplugged (listen)

Tonight’s The Night — Part II from  Tonight’s the Night (listen)

Like a Hurricane from American Stars & Bars (listen

Harvest Moon from Harvest Moon (listen

The Loner/Cinnamon Girl/Down By The River (live) from  Four Way Street (listen)

It’s not a particularly inspired list, rather traditional but that’s how I like my Neil Young.  Now if we’re talking Stephen Stills…. 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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