CSN & Sometimes Y

How much time was "Wasted on the Way"? Absolutely none, if you like a good rock 'n' roll soap opera.

One imagined Stills must've drunk a lot of Miller Genuine Draft when he allowed "For What It's Worth" -- his classic 1967 song about the LAPD hassling Vietnam war protesters -- to be used in a beer commercial, complete with dancing cactuses wearing cowboy hats. What was he thinking -- hooray for our side?

Madison Avenue never rushed to appropriate any David Crosby songs, even though the Red Cross could probably make good use of "Everybody's Been Burned." Unfazed, Crosby was left to cash in on his notoriety as a drug casualty by appearing regularly as a 12-step graduate on The John Larroquette Show. Couldn't he just say no?

Lusting Achievements

The original couch potatoes? CS&N plopped down in reverse order on their first album cover, ensuring that people would be asking Nash for Crosby's autograph for years.
The original couch potatoes? CS&N plopped down in reverse order on their first album cover, ensuring that people would be asking Nash for Crosby's autograph for years.
Forever Young: There ain't a love seat big enough for the four of us, says the loner, couched in his indifference.
Forever Young: There ain't a love seat big enough for the four of us, says the loner, couched in his indifference.

But maybe we should cut CS&N and CSN&Y some slack -- they are, after all, the only supergroup that's made two great albums and probably the only group in which three of its members actually screwed Joni Mitchell, a claim even Led Zeppelin can't make. And name another supergroup where a member impregnated the partner of a well-known lesbian and probably wasn't even in the same state when it happened. To quote zonked-out Woodstocker John Sebastian, "That kid's gonna be pretty far out, man." Far out, fine; just pray he doesn't need a new liver for his sixth birthday. Happy 31st, and don't eat too much cake, boys!

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are scheduled to perform on Monday, February 21, at America West Arena. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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