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Music / Rust Never Sleeps

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Rust Never Sleeps, released in 1979 through Reprise Records, is the second live album by Neil Young with his backing band Crazy Horse, and could also be called his tenth studio album. That is, it was mostly recorded live and complemented with studio overdubs, and it introduced a set of new songs in the way a studio album traditionally does. Young had been working on these songs for years, but in final form, some of them are influenced by Punk Rock.

Young got the inspiration for the album title from a meeting with the band Devo of all places, as during their conversation Mark Mothersbaugh uttered the line, referencing a slogan for an auto shop offering chassis treatments he had seen in passing.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" (Young, Jeff Blackburn) – 3:45
  2. "Thrasher" – 5:38
  3. "Ride My Llama" – 2:29
  4. "Pocahontas" – 3:22
  5. "Sail Away" – 3:46

Side Two

  1. "Powderfinger" – 5:30
  2. "Welfare Mothers" – 3:48
  3. "Sedan Delivery" – 4:40
  4. "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" (Young, Blackburn) – 5:18

It's better to trope out than to fade away: