Neil Young

Human Highway [Video]

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"A film by Neil Young," Human Highway was his third cinematic effort, following Journey Through the Past and Rust Never Sleeps. It was an 83-minute feature film, a musical comedy in which Young, accompanied by a cast including actors Dean Stockwell (who co-directed), Dennis Hopper, and Sally Kirkland, played the part of a music-obsessed half-wit garage mechanic at a roadside gas station/diner. The members of Devo appear as workers at a nearby nuclear plant and glow throughout. Most of the film is given over to the comic doings of the diner patrons and employees, though there is a dream sequence near the end in which Young's character imagines himself a rock star and performs "Hey Hey, My My" with Devo. Snippets from Young's then not-yet-released album Trans are heard frequently on car radios. As a largely improvised, hopelessly amateurish production, Human Highway ranks with Frank Zappa's 200 Motels and Bob Dylan's Renaldo and Clara as a rock-star vanity project that owed its existence to the star's wealth and whims. But it could not find a distributor upon its theatrical debut in 1982 and was not widely seen until Warner Reprise Video gave it a home video release on August 8, 1995.