The book Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History
gives us another Neil Young anecdote: When he was putting together the film Human Highway
, he wanted the members of the band Devo to take part. Devo bassist Gerald Casale remembers, "When we met him, we just thought he was the grandfather of granola. And as soon as we talked to him, we realized all our perceptions of him were wrong. He was really far out. I mean really loopy, almost like a mad scientist." Now picture Devo at the height of their "Whip It
" fame, in the Energy Dome hats and black wifebeater shirts, describing somebody else as "far out" and "loopy."