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Neil Young: Trans

Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 5 January 1983

HOW TO follow The Birthday Party's The Bad Seed with Neil Young's Trans? How to link the electronic transmigration of Neil Young with the last cries of love's lonely children as they plunge, like the infants in Vathek, over the edge of "a Birthday Party to end all birthday parties..."? Do these two events so much as share the dimensions of the same universe? I suspect not. But perhaps the rumour that the "sluggish" and "nomadic" Nick Cave is sometimes to be found curled over a hideously mangled copy of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere serves as a legitimate connection between two phenomena otherwise further apart in human space than the Pentagon and the Kremlin.

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