'everybody's Rockin', Released in 1983 on Geffen Records, Represents Neil Young's Musical Foray Into 1950's Rockabilly. Co-produced by Young Himself, this Item features the Tracks 'betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes', 'payola Blues', 'jellyroll Man'& Seven More. Backing Duties Are Credited to the Shocking Pinks.
Nestled somewhat uncomfortably between a haywired electro-pop experiment, 1983's Trans
, and the countrified Old Ways
, this rockabilly curio now stands as one more wild swing from Neil Young during a particularly shaky phase. Backed by the five-member Shocking Pinks, Young works his way through a selection of covers and slight originals. In retrospect, Everybody's Rockin'
presages 1988's This Note's for You
; this is roots-rock Neil, a fellow with a taste for swamp-pop (the Slim Harpo weeper "Rainin' in My Heart"), easy-rollin' blues ("Bright Lights, Big City"), and raveups (Bobby Freeman's "Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes," his own "Kinda Fonda Wanda"). Young sounds amused but less then committed, as evidenced by the fact that he'd soon wash the grease out of his hair and disband the Shocking Pinks. --Steven Stolder