Sonic Diet

Recycled: “Into the Black” by Chromatics

Neil Young’s 1979 “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” became synonymous with Neil Young’s growing feelings of triviality, pointedly referencing Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) of the Sex Pistols with the line, “it’s better to burn out than to fade away”. With that and Young’s wailing guitars and loud/soft sentiments scrawling an indelible mark on a new generation of weird-era 70’s to 80’s rock, “Into the Black” became an unexpected anthem for the sound of grunge about two decades later. The sentiment rings true as ever today and Chromatics’ take on the song is wistful and wispy — not much of a re-make as it is a tribute to a song that heralded the start of a musical era that had much more burn than fade.

This entry was published on May 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm. It’s filed under new music, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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