Glenn doesn't get Led Zeppelin. He never did. I do. I really do. Me and Zoso are, like BFFs. So we're going to spar a little with much love and respect. Volley some barbs back and forth, so to speak. Be nice to Glenn, in a Circle of Fits sort of way, cuz he knows more than you do.
Here is his essay.
Ever Since I was a Rockin' Kid, I've Been Constantly been told What to like ( & what NOT to like) This became my Nature to "trust my Own ears." This Also became my Gospel to spread the word about Everyone doing & being able to do just that! A mantra of Free thoughts, Musical Thoughts, It has Served me well, all these years. But, for years, certain artists, have always presented certain mysteries, to me. Puzzled about their popularity or why I resisted them, even when the Music is definitely there. We can't like Everything, But why is the Bad stuff So BAD? or Good stuff Ruined by a Blind acceptance.
I grew up in Upstate, Suburban NY, so 70's rock was accessible & for the most part "acceptable" to me. It was constantly being Hammered into my head that i HAD to like certain Artists/Groups. Sometimes so much that the artists are Just Lost to me forever, with no real sense of "loss". Yet still, some "broke on through" & are now Favorites. Some which i now need to almost defend their sheer undeniable Incredibleness (The Doors, The Who…) Why do I set up theses walls? Where did all this start??
The First was the Grandpappy's of BIG 70's Rock: Led Zeppelin. Over & over I was told this was The Band, The Group. I was some Loser for Never getting into them. All mostly from being told I Had to get into them, Had to Love them! Fans can Ruin a Band faster than some Smack filled train ride to hell! Check the Cure, U2, REM, The Beatles…. Robert Plant's shrill voice grated on my nerves Anytime I heard it, coupled with seeing every stoner wearing a LZ t-shirt. Never wanted to be in that Gang! Talk about their GREATness of Musicianship & Power to move the decade Forward> (this was the 80's after all)!
Funny, a few things about Zeppelin I can't get enough of! I love to Read about them! Their Touring adventures as The BIGGEST band in the World. Tales of Devil Worshipping & The Black Arts. Landsharks & Other Fish Tales, Dirty Deals involving their Fat, Evil Ooozing, Manager the Late Peter Green. Their Own Charted Flying Party Bus, Teenage Groupies (i'm talking Real teenagers, like 13 & 14)! Intake of Every illicit substance available, which culminated in the Death of their drummer John Bonham & the demise of the Band. I'll Always have a Visual of Bonham riding that tractor, in the Song Remains The same (sound Off) Weren't you listening?? I hate the music!
Jimmy Page's 50/60's studio work as a Hired gun, & with the Yardbirds, supplies my intact of his Genius. He IS talented! John Paul Jones, just seems a big Crybaby these days, But He went Toe to Toe with Diamanda Galas, in the Studio for an Album, so he Must have Balls (& ears of Steel)
Will I ever wake upon tomorrow morn to the Opening bars of Kashmir or Stairway to Heaven?? Changing my Life Forever? Doubt it! But I always know When its Time to Get The Led out on Any Classic radio station, I Can get a half hour Break from them playing the Only 3 songs from the Doors or The Who, that they have in Constant rotation! Deep Cuts! Deep Cuts!!! Or a Silent Lunch time!
I get Why They are Popular! Tight, Big, Mythological Sounds, But it seems more an Empty Given to Young Rockers these days. Not to be Discovered, but to be Simply Adopted. No Mess, No Fuss. Doesn't it Dilute their, so called, Power of Creativity? Dilute the Evil, of the Deal with The Devil Peter Green made for their successes?? I'd rather be a Dirty boy Rockin' with the Bad stuff. That surely brings me Closer to Jimmy Page, without the Track Marks!
I gotta Trust my Old Ears of Many years, sticking to my Guns. And to not lose my Freedom to be My Own Man. Flying around in my OWN imaginary Flying Tour Bus! Music will be Lost & Found, Because The Hits Abound, But Lets Talk it out & Let me Prove you Wrong!