For Neil Young's 60-thousandth birthday, I think it's time to finally address the little-known Neil / Devo connection - in particular how Neil Young lifted the phrase: "Rust Never Sleeps" from Devo.
Some general background:
“It Takes A Worried Man” (available on the Pioneers Who Got Scalped anthology)Then we pick up the weirdness here, in special screen-shot form:
In 1982, Neil Young had the crazy-ass notion to co-direct an apocalyptic comedy film with the actor Dean Stockwell, called Human Highway. He cast Devo as nuclear garbagemen. In the film, they sing an upbeat, poppy version of the folk-festival classic “Worried Man Blues” (here slightly retitled) while they cart around barrels of nuclear waste. (The band has also been known to perform the song when they pretended to be Dove – a Christian, leisure suit-wearing opening act for many ‘80s-era Devo shows. Here’s a video of Dove in action.) The movie made it to VHS, but then faded into obscurity. Inspired somewhat by Devo, Neil Young released the synthesizer-driven album Trans… and eventually got sued for it. Apparently, everyone doesn’t appreciate devolved music.