Solo Trans

"Shakey Fest" - The Films of Neil Young (aka Bernard Shakey)

In the mid-80s, Neil Young was going through a wildly experimental phase, and in the space of four years released three utterly different albums, one, Trans (1982) full of synthetic electro, another, 1984's Everybody's Rockin' featuring hardcore, high-speed rockabilly, and then, in 1985, Old Ways, a return to the kind of country-and-western that made Young famous in the first place. Somewhere in the middle of all this, Young decided to go on tour and, somehow, to come up with a live show that would make sense of all three albums at once, which he did by inventing a fake TV show called “Trans TV” that would allow him to project clips of himself during his performances, as well as any other skits and sketches that popped into his head. Then he got Hal Ashby (director of "Harold and Maude" and "Shampoo") to make an episode of this fake TV show, as a concert movie, called it “Solo Trans,” and released it. Got that?

Not many people did get it, and not many people had LaserDisc players either, which was the only way the film was released, so the flick was forgotten by all but the hardest of hardcore Neil Young fans. But here it is, bubbling up out of obscurity. Watch and learn why, a little while later, Young's own record label sued him for making “unrepresentative” (i.e. wildly bizarre) material. - Indiewire

Plays together with A Day at the Gallery.

Shakey Fest, a selection of the films of Neil Young (a.k.a. Bernard Shakey) plays the Original Aug 7 - 11.

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