Ammo For Sale

« « Sorry about your business, here’s a sign | Home | I take it back » »

Classic Rock, Man!

Ok, I know I’m really hitting the blog equivalent of rock-bottom by linking to SomethingAwful, but it struck me that this review of Classic Rock bands left out a terribly important act: Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Somebody explain to me how I can be listening to the local Classic Rock station, hear “Freebird,” scream in pain, and then switch to the Classic Rock station in a town 80 miles away, only to find out they’re playing “Sweet Home Alabama.” How do they do that?

7 Responses to “Classic Rock, Man!”

  1. skb Says:

    SayUncle, meet Clear Channel. Clear Channel, meet SayUncle.

    (Personally, I’d go with the Sweet Home Alabama generic radio outlet. Clearly their programming-bots were programmed with better taste. But find one that plays “Call Me the Breeze” and you’ll have the winner bot.)

  2. Thibodeaux Says:

    Well, I know one station is Clear Channel, but I don’t think the other one is. Maybe there’s some kind of conspiracy or something.

  3. skb Says:

    Oops, sorry, I didn’t notice that was you that posted that. That’s twice today I didn’t pay attention to a byline.

    At any rate, they all suck. It’s the corporate media/advertising Borg.


    Lynyrd Skynyrd is responsible for my marriage!

  5. tgirsch Says:

    Years ago, I picked up the habit of calling out “Free Bird!” at any live performance, no matter what the musical style. Jazz band? “Free Bird!” Goths? “Free bird!” Hip-hop? “Free bird!” One of my best friends, George, usually follows up that call with “Whippin’ Post!”

    I used to call out “Sabbath!” but then one day, the bassist from an R&B band actually played and sang the first few lines of War Pigs — and did it well.

  6. Publicola Says:

    heh. I was playing in this top 40/r&b band a few years back. We haed a gig on the top floor of some hotel in N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. It was a jazz room more or less so the first set we did nothing but light jazz & opened it up a little (but not much) in the following sets.

    So one night we’re in the middle of the first (light jazz) set & this older biker looking dude walks up & asks us if we know Freebird. The keyboard player (who sung & ran the band) smiles & says “look at the band – I’m sorry we don’t play it”. The old guy reaches in his pocket, lays $100 on the keyboard & says “how ’bout now?” So the keyboard player promptly turns around, says “alright y’all – Freebird in G – Pub, you’re white: call out the (chord) changes”.

    Truthfully I’m kind of tired of the Skynyrd you hear all the time on the clasic rock staions. Hell, I was a bit burnt out on it when they were “album oriented rock” stations. Sklynyrd has a lot of well written & well performed songs that never get any airplay at all.

    “I need you”, “Mississippi kid”, “Made in the Shade”, “Am I losin?”, “Things goin’ on”, “4 walls of Raiford”, & “One in the sun” are just a few. If you have some old Skynyrd albums laying around look those tracks up & give them a listen. Better yet, call the classic rock stations & demand they add them to the rotation for a while to relieve “freebird burnout” (which is a shame cause Freebird is a well written & performed song for the genre).

  7. Thibodeaux Says:

    What about their anti-gun anthem?