For all intents and purposes, "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" is probably the first 'Grunge Rock' album. Released in 1969, there would likely be no Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc, if not for this record. All the grunge ingredients are here: sickly tuned distorted guitars, shaky singing, repetitive, minimalistic (yet incisive) lyrics, and music that can beat the same three chord rhythm to death for ten minutes ("Down By The River", "Cowgirl In The Sand".) Yet the album has its hooks as well, namely "Cinnamon Girl" and "Round And Round", the outcast among the tracks with its ringing acoustic guitars and beautiful harmonies. Of course, a lot of the credit goes to Young's backup band, the aptly-named Crazy Horse: musicians who can beat a riff into the ground for hours, barely staying together within the song, yet is never boring (in my opinion Neil Young has made his best records with the Horse.) This is, of course, the only complete album with the original Crazy Horse lineup (Young sacked them halfway through "After The Goldrush" because they were too stoned to play) and has been often imitated, yet never duplicated. Though "Everybody Knows" isn't quite quintessential Young (from an artist this versatile, it's hard to pin down any single album that is, though "Rust Never Sleeps" would get my vote, for it's mixture of acoustic and heavy), it is indeed the album that launched a million garage bands, whether they know it or not.