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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”: Ten Covers from Worst to Best

on August 13, 2013, 12:00am
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Will to Power’s “Frampton Meets Skynyrd”

Here goes the pitch: Look, Andy, we need to make a song with as little money as possible that will make us as much money as possible. So, I’ve been thinking, you know that Frampton jam, “Baby, I Love Your Way”, and Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”? Well, they’re basically the same key, so I played around with the chords, and they fit perfectly. Both are songs theoretically about lovers, so we have the woman saying how much she loves the man with Frampton (always the woman, am I right? Ha ha), and then the man sings Skynyrd. He’s the free bird just trying not to get tied down, man. Best part is, we can do the entire song on two keyboards. Synthesizers are the future, Andy. Plus, I’ve got this chick singer who looks like Stevie Nicks and a guy that looks kinda like Kenny Loggins. It’ll be perfect.

Epilogue: Will to Power’s “Baby I Love Your Way/Free Bird” medley hits #1 for a week in 1988. Andy made the right choice.

Faithful to Original? It’s a mash-up of Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1988, by a band named after a key work of non-fiction by Frederich Nietzsche, so fuck you.

Stars & Bars: One bar. One long, metallic, studded, ramming bar.

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