On this day in 1979, Neil Young released his Rust Never Sleeps
LP, so it's only appropriate for me to open this week's edition of Lost Rock Tracks Of The Week
with a track from the aforementioned Album.
Neil Young--Powderfinger (1979)
This was one of three tracks from this LP to receive significant AOR airplay--"My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) and "Pocahontas" the others--and I can safely say this my favorite Neil Young track, period, regardless of LP.
Interesting fact: Young recorded a solo acoustic version of "Powderfinger" in September 1975 (never officially released), and later sent the tape to his friend Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd who were to use the song on their next album. However, Van Zant died in a plane crash in October 1977, and Lynyrd Skynyrd never recorded the song.
Simply put, this an awesome lost track.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Powderfinger - YouTube
Glass Tiger--I'm Still Searching (1988)
Yeah, I have a pretty good idea of what some of you are thinking.
Glass Tiger? Weren't they a one-hit-wonder? I'm certain that they never were played on AOR Radio.
Well, you would be wrong on both counts.
Aside from Don't Forget When I'm Gone
, they hit the Pop Top 40 with Someday
, I Will Be There
, and this track, with the light Pop song Someday
, which didn't fit Rock radio at all, being the only one of the four to not reach the Top 25 on Billboards Rock Tracks chart
This track--I'm Still Searching
--actually climbed as high as #12 on the top Rock Tracks chart in the Spring of '88, and I liked it the first time I heard it, following a collective "meh" from me regarding the first three radio hits from the group. But it seems, at least to me, as though I'm the only one who remembers it.
Prove me wrong, Redzone.
Have a Happy 4th, fellow Redzoners!
glass tiger - I'm Still Searching - Diamond Sun- YouTube