Song Of The Day 10/18/2016: Neil Young – “Crime In the City (Sixty to Zero Part 1)”
"Crime in the City (Sixty to Zero Part 1)" may be my favorite song of that length of all time. It's surely in the top five. It's from Neil Young's 1989 album Freedom, which got his full credibility back after he spent most of the '80s basically pranking David Geffen at $15 a CD. The great thing about "Crime in the City" is how verses 2, 4 and (for the most part) 5 don't describe any actual criminal activity. You have to figure out what's criminal about the situations described. Especially verse 2, the literal synopsis of which concerns a record producer who's building a song backwards, a practice that's more popular now than ever.