I’ve been on the radio with this one. I once had a spot on Nemone’s show on BBC6 Music where the Rock And Roll Archaeologist would find songs you’d always wanted to hear but could never track down.
I had a sad tale to tell. A tale that involved record shopping. Meeting up with friends. Too many pints and a bag of newly purchased vinyl being lost somewhere between the 3rd and 4th pub and the train home.
One of the peices of vinyl involved was the brand new (at the time) seven inch single of The Bronx playing White Guilt. And it was backed with this Neil Young cover version.
Alas I never saw the bag of records again. But this was the song which Neil himself had given a second lease of life to by making it the lead single for his highly successful do-over in the 90’s. Needle And The Damage Done came to the Grunge era in the form of the MTV Unplugged album.
It helped numb the years old sting of a lost record by getting the BBC to play it on air. There’s something perverse about making the nation listen to a B-Side by The Bronx on a Saturday morning. Of course most of all I was delighted to finally be hearing it. What surprised me completely about their take was that The Bronx went drone rock with it. Taking the noisy, dreary pained route from a song that already came with an alternative arrangement built in. There was an available alternative that had cross over success written all over it. And yet The Bronx felt the true pain in The Needle And The Damage Done and wrought this beauty out of it.