Way back in 1982, Neil Young released a bizarre album about communication in the computer age, called Trans. Produced via tape loops, vocoders (synthesized vocals) and drum machines, most of the songs were aimed to evoke Kraftwerk. It was not a big success by any means; however, it remains a curiosity among a discography full of curiosities courtesy of Neil.

The album is out of print in the States, but Amazon has it available from the U.K. If you don’t want to buy it, find someone who has it on CD or vinyl and give it a listen. It’s an experience, that I’ll tell you. The “best” of the synthesized tracks is Sample And Hold, a song about a dating service for robots; unfortunately it’s too long to present here.

In its place I give you this tune.

Neil Young - Computer Cowboy (aka Syscrusher)

  1. davio1962 posted this