Picks and Pans Review: Everybody's Rockin'

updated 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Neil Young and the Shocking Pinks

A lot of pop performers are acknowledging the influence of '50s rock 'n' roll on their own music these days, but unlike, say, Billy Joel, Young seems to be performing these primitive-sounding tunes with a sneer on his face. There's something derisive even about his picture on the album cover—wearing a black shirt, pink suit and pink tie and hunched over his guitar with knees knocking, he looks like a musical Neanderthal. Surely Young—not to mention his former partners Crosby, Stills and Nash—owed something to the rock pioneers he so glibly and humorlessly sends up in Betty Lou's Got a New Pair of Shoes and Payola Blues.

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