Redlight King Samples Neil Young's "Old Man"
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 13:16:16
Neil Young is softening in his mature years! Hollywood Records recording artist Redlight King is set to release the first single "Old Man" from their upcoming debut CD Something for the Pain. If the single's title rings a bell, it should -- "Old Man" features a first-ever sample of the classic Neil Young song of the same name. Young, who rarely entertains sampling requests, had never before approved the sampling of "Old Man" so it wasn't a shock when initial requests were quickly denied.
However as Redlight King lead singer-songwriter Kaz tells it, "I kept saying, 'What about Neil? When he hears it he's going to feel it.' I kept putting it out there, finally it got to him and he said yes." There is something to be said for persistence, right?
Written by Kaz, "Old Man" is not a cover but rather offers up a reluctant salute to his own father, a larger-than-life figure who taught school by day and raced stock cars at night, while paying homage to rock icon Neil Young's song of the same name. The song carries a deeply personal message with a thoroughly modern and original twist.
The twangy, slice-of-life "Old Man" will be available on iTunes April 12th, while the album Something for the Pain is set to release June 14. The Paul Minor-directed (Muse, Queens of the Stone Age) video for "Old Man," a raw and visual narrative of the song with a slice-of-life feel, has already received over 600K views after only one week online. Check out the video here.
The song sort of reminds me of Everlast's "What It's Like," which mixed hip-hop, rock and bits of Americana roots rock, via its storyteller narrative! "Old Man" follows in those sonic footsteps and it's definitely an odd little song, in the best possible way, of course.
What did you think of "Old Man?" Do you think Neil Young made the right choice approving the sample?