Song In My Head #88: “If Not True” by Velvet Crush

Fun fact: The first time I heard the “‘Free Bird’!” heckle, I was watching Velvet Crush open for the Jesus and Mary Chain at Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium. (I can’t remember drummer Ric Menck’s comeback offhand, but given the excellence of his book about The Notorious Byrd Brothers, it must have been pretty good.) The long-running band continues to release great records, but here is one of the band’s earliest singles. Ken Stringfellow once cited this song as one he wished he’d written, which is high praise indeed. (With a riff like this one, it’s easy to see why…)

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