"A hurricane of monolithic thud and skronk": Neil Young revisits his grunge past with Crazy Horse on the familiar but different F##in' Up

Neil Young hooks up with Crazy Horse to add more live edge to Ragged Glory

Neil Young with Crazy Horse: Fu##in’ Up cover art
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Recorded live in 2023, Fu##in’ Up finds Neil Young and co. performing their classic 1990 album Ragged Glory almost in its entirety. When first released, that album solidified Young’s newfound reputation as the Godfather of Grunge. 

This gloriously loud and distorted rendition does nothing to dispute that sobriquet. The songs have been re-titled, presumably to drive home the point that old songs can exist anew – they’re familiar, but different. 

Young and Crazy Horse never perform their songs in quite the same way each night, of course, and Fu##in’ Up exemplifies that spontaneous, exploratory spirit. Listening to these geezers whipping up a hurricane of monolithic thud and skronk is always irresistible. 

The climactic 15-minute version of Chance On Love (Love And Only Love) is a particularly gargantuan thrill. This latest chapter in Young’s investigative journey through his vast back catalogue is no mere exercise in nostalgia, it sounds absolutely vital.

Paul Whitelaw

Paul Whitelaw writes about television, comedy, films, books and music. From 2006 to 2013 he was a TV critic for The Scotsman. From 2013 to 2023 he wrote a weekly TV column for The Courier. Credits also include BBC Music, BBC Radio Scotland's The Afternoon Show, BFI Screenonline, The Big Issue, Broadcast, Empire, The Guardian, The Lady, Melody Maker, Metro, Mill, Radio Times, Scotland On Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Word and Shindig!