Comments: How much is that free bird in the window? Oh, right, it's free.

From that article:

A few years ago, Mr. Doughty [of Soul Coughing] started promoting the Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men" as the new "Freebird," asking audiences at his solo shows to call for the disco chestnut instead. Now, he says, he gets yells for both songs at every performance.

A harsh reaction to "Freebird" came from the late comedian Bill Hicks during a Chicago gig in the early 1990s. On a bootleg recording of the show, Mr. Hicks at first just sounds irked. "Please stop yelling that," he says. "It's not funny, it's not clever -- it's stupid."

The comic soon works himself into a rage, but the "Freebirds" keep coming. "Freebird," he finally says wearily, then intones: "And in the beginning there was the Word -- 'Freebird.' And 'Freebird' would be yelled throughout the centuries. 'Freebird,' the mantra of the moron."

So the musician comes up with the funny, satirical response, and the comedian simply says "You're a moron." Shouldn't that be the other way around?

Posted by Eric Berlin at March 21, 2005 04:01 PM

Nope. Because M. Doughty is a friggin' genius.

Posted by The Dan at March 21, 2005 05:52 PM

My favorite bit is Johnny Van Zandt yelling "Freebird!" at a Cher concert.

Posted by Marc at March 21, 2005 07:18 PM

Dude, the Wall Street Journal will pay you to write *anything*.

Posted by Tanis at March 21, 2005 07:23 PM

The funniest thing I've ever (co)written was a radio bit where a conductor and a concertmaster trade drunken banter like a garage band singer and bassist. No, really, it was funny. Anyway, as much as I liked the skit, I was kicking myself a couple of years later when I thought of having the unruly crowd yelling out "FIREBIRD! PLAY FIREBIRD!"
Thanks,
-V.

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