Neil Young, ‘Trans’ – Albums That Almost Killed a Band’s Career
If ever a rocker has valued chasing the constantly changing sounds in his head over making commercially safe career choices, it's Neil Young.
Young, who followed up his warm, lush commercial breakthrough LP 'Harvest' with the abrasively dark 'Tonight's the Night,' dabbles in genres like rockabilly, country and R&B as quickly as others change shirts. Even by those standards, 1982's 'Trans' stands out as his most risky move; a synth-heavy semi-concept album featuring heavily processed vocals that confused many fans. Together with 1983's 'Everybody's Rockin',' 'Trans' led Geffen Records to sue Young for making "unrepresentative" albums. He won, and has continued marching to his own drum regardless of the chart results to this day.
Watch Neil Young Perform 'Transformer Man'