YMMV / The Byrds

  • Americans Hate Tingle: "Eight Miles High" chronicles the band's frosty reception in London.
    • Things shifted around in their later years, though. "Chestnut Mare" was a Top 20 hit in the UK but didn't even make the charts in the US.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The bridges of a couple songs on The Notorious Byrd Brothers: "Wasn't Born To Follow" (music is suddenly phased and discordant) and "Old John Robertson" (a string quartet out of nowhere takes over the song).
  • Covered Up:
    • They've covered Bob Dylan several times.
    • "Turn! Turn! Turn!" was written (the music, that is) by Pete Seeger and was first recorded by The Limeliters in 1962.
    • They Covered Up "Jesus is Just Alright", first recorded by the Art Reynolds Singers, only to have The Doobie Brothers' version Cover them Up.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gene Clark and Gram Parsons both have reputations that transcend their brief stints as Byrds. While their solo work and untimely deaths have a lot to do with it, they both played important roles in the band's history. Clark was their best in-house songwriter on the early albums, and Parsons was responsible for their shift to Country Rock.
    • Clarence White's guitar virtuosity was a major ingredient in their later years and has also won him some admiration. And he died young too.
  • Vindicated by History: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo was recognized in later years as the Trope Codifier, even the Trope Maker, of Country Rock.