Hey What’s That Sound

A song was released in 1966 by a band called Buffalo Springfield. While many think the song was an anti-war protest song, it was actually written in response to some curfew riots on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. This was the same year that Buffalo Springfield became the house band at the legendary Whisky a Go Go.

From Wikipedia:


Local residents and businesses had become annoyed by how crowds of young people going to clubs and music venues along the Strip had caused late-night traffic congestion. In response, they lobbied the city to pass local ordinances stopping loitering, and enforced a strict curfew on the Strip after 10pm. The young music fans, however, felt the new laws infringed upon their civil rights.[7]

On Saturday, November 12, 1966, fliers were distributed on the Sunset Strip inviting people to join demonstrations later that day. Several of Los Angeles’ rock radio stations also announced a rally outside the Pandora’s Box club on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. That evening, as many as 1,000 young demonstrators, including future celebrities such as Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda (who was handcuffed by police) gathered to protest against the curfew’s enforcement. Although the rallies began peacefully, trouble eventually broke out. The unrest continued the next night, and periodically throughout the rest of November and December, forcing some clubs to shut down within weeks.[7] It was against the background of these civil disturbances that Stills recorded “For What It’s Worth” on December 5, 1966.


In 2004, Rush released an album called Feedback. This album gave Neil the opportunity to return to the band and the world after the tragedies that sent him in to hiding.

From Wikipedia:


Feedback is an extended play by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 2004. The record features eight covers of songs that were influential for the band members during the 1960s. The outing marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush’s debut album though the current lineup of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart established just following the first album’s release. The tour in support of the Feedback album was called the R30: 30th Anniversary Tour. Their cover of “Summertime Blues” was also used as an official theme song for WWE’s Summerslam PPV event in 2004.


I truly hope we never stop asking the questions that need to be asked.

Please enjoy Rush‘s cover of For What It’s Worth

There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking’ their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, “hooray for our side”

It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Step out of line, the men come and take you away

We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

We better stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

We better stop
Now, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

We better stop
Children, what’s that sound?
Everybody look – what’s going down?

Writer(s): STEPHEN STILLS

18 comments

  1. Love it! And I always loved the journey of the original from its initial purpose to its monumental growth and effect on the youth of my generation.

    Yeah, there’s something happening here.

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  2. Oh lordy! I didn’t even know Stills and Young were (in) Buffalo Springfield. Holy crap. How did I not know that? One of the great songs of all time, and what a magnificent rendition. Thanks for the awesome share, bro!

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