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YMMV / The Byrds

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  • 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.
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    • "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.
    • They recorded Crosby's One True Threesome ode "Triad" for The Notorious Byrd Brothers, but the others hated it and after Crosby got fired they saw no problem in leaving it off the album. Crosby gave it to Jefferson Airplane instead, and the Byrds version sat on the shelf for 20 years.
  • Ear Worm: Many songs fall under this, but namely "Chestnut Mare" comes to this troper's mind.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Bugler" from Farther Along, about a dog who gets run over and dies, took on a new meaning when Clarence White (who sang the song) was killed by being run over by a drunk driver in 1973.
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  • Vindicated by History: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo was recognized in later years as the Trope Codifier, even the Trope Maker, of country rock.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: This 2018 Twitter exchange.
    David Crosby: I don’t play stoned...used to long ago ...but it turns out I do better work if I’m clear headed.
    Roger McGuinn: Now you tell us! Could have used that advice 50 years ago.


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