Day 85: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping

24 May

Sweet Home Alabama

I knew it was only a matter of time before this day came.  I’ve managed to go 17+ years without ever being subjected to a full Lynyrd Skynrd album.  Unfortunatly, they’re one of my dad’s favorite bands, and today, that streak came to an end.  Honestly, I was surprised that he held off for so long.  This Dad-Rock Tuesday, I listened to Skynyrd’s sophomore effort, Second Helping. Never again.

I tried to embrace my inner-redneck before I pressed play, I really did.  I searched and searched, and made a very fortunate discovery: I have no inner-redneck.  I have never found Jeff Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy remotely funny, I prefer my iced tea unsweetened, and I own exactly zero Confederate flag t-shirts, bandannas, belt buckles, or rear windshield decals.  I think it must be impossible to get into Skynyrd without an inner-redneck of some sort.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I was fairly biased going into this.  Lynyrd Skynyrd has a stigma attached to them that’s fairly hard to get around.  Had Second Helping blown my socks off, I’m not sure what I would have written.  It would take a lot out of me to say that I enjoyed something by Skynyrd.  Fortunately, this record was just what I was expecting.  See Swamp Music if you don’t believe me.  “Said, ‘Go ahead pretty mama’/Lord, just take your city hike/Well, I’d rather live with the hound dogs/For the rest of my natural born life.”  Need I say any more?

So for possibly the only time in my life, I have to give Neil Young some credit.  Southern men do, in fact, suck.

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5 Responses to “Day 85: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping”

  1. Yuanny Dollar May 25, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Critics. Shame on you. You quote the worst line from the worst song on a brilliant album and then you rest your case. There’s a bad brush stroke in the Mona Lisa, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a masterpiece. The South is more than Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy and Dukes of Hazard Reruns. Read some Faulkner and listen to some Robert Johnson and then get back to me. It’s not like your pappy asked you to listen to a Molly Hatchet album. Show some respect. Neil Young should save his criticism for Canada and maybe you should too.

  2. Dave Chops May 26, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    “Mona Lisa”? Skynard thought that she was their first cousin who they once dated. And even if you think Neil Young was wrong, Warren Zevon was right. Check out “Play It All Night Long” from Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School, the answer song to Southern Man.

  3. Raymond Devereraux September 9, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    what number of the album of Lynyrd Skynyrd that andrew jackson would love

    • Jacob September 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      I’m not entirely sure of what you’re saying or asking here.

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