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May 7th, 2012
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I had cause today to reflect on the iniquity that is the veneration bestowed upon Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird". Frankly tedious, and with lyrics that are easily arguably depressingly misogynist, it was released in 74.
Only a year earlier, Steely Dan had released an album with far superior guitar soloes, on "Bodhisatva" and "Boston Rag". In 74 itself, they did Any Major Dude, with some of the tastiest guitar work around, albeit not an extended solo.
In 74 Santana's version of Black Magic Woman was only 4 years old, and he was producing more great guitar work on Borboletta at the time Freebird was wasting radio airspace.
And of course the Allman Brothers "Brothers and Sisters" rarely spent more than a day off our decks that year.
I despair.

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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:May 7th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
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Is this in reply to some American woman claiming that 1922 is the best year for literature?
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From:oldbloke
Date:May 7th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
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No, it was a several-steps-away train of thought from opining to somebody in Dore that Marc Bolan had been a waste of space.
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:May 7th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I'd be surprised if anyone in Dore was a Marc Bolan fan. Totley, possibly, but not Dore!
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From:vinaigrettegirl
Date:May 7th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
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Thank God 1974 is a done deal, over over over. Including not having "Freebird" on all the time. It was typically adolescent, masturbatory and self-aggrandising, and misogynist, and as attractive as scabies. I had no idea it was venerated by anybody who wasn't wearing a mullet!
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From:femsc
Date:May 7th, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
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Thank goodness. I had the impression that Freebird was 'de rigueur', and that I was the only one who couldn't see the attraction.
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From:noradre
Date:May 7th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
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One of those songs that appeals for its epic feel but then you hear the words and feel kind of repelled.

Was having a bit of a Santana-fest on YouTube last night, music that makes you fly.
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