Song of the Day: Lynyrd Skynyrd, “That Smell”

Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins wrote "That Smell" "as a warning about the consequences of careless overuse of drugs and alcohol". At the time, the band was abusing drugs and alcohol with reckless abandon. It appeared on Skynyrd’s 1977 album Street Survivors; three days after the album was released, Van Zant and several other members of the band died in a plane crash. The song was released as a single in 1977, but failed to chart.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Lynyrd Skynyrd, “That Smell”

  1. One of their best songs…This Smell is my second favorite of that album…the one I like the best is the song “I Never Dreamed”

    They hadn’t peaked yet either…I would love to know how big they would have become.


  2. That’s one of the reasons I hate listening to the radio. With all the songs out there, why do they have to keep playing the same ones over and over! Sad about all those great musical talents.


    1. 96 Rock, which used to have a classic format, played exactly two songs by Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird,” every damn day. I can’t recall the station ever playing anything else by them. Seriously, they had a weekday playlist of about 50 songs. They went all “hot contemporary hits” a while ago (probably to compete with Star 94), and even though I hate that format it had to have been better than what they had been playing.

      But back to Skynyrd. They were solid…

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    1. It was. Plane crashes have taken so many music legends: Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, Patsy Cline, John Denver, Rick Nelson, Jim Croce, Bill Chase, Glenn Miller (who they think is still in the English Channel)…


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