November 30, 2007

Recommended Reading Of The Day

Skippy's Led Zeppelin reunion post. Recommended if you love or especially if you hate Led Zeppelin, there's something for everybody. Choice cuts include:

Plant invented one of the most annoying phenomenons in modern music: screaming the word "baby" seven or eight times in high C and letting people think that it's the blues. It isn't the fucking blues, it's being a dick. Listen to history's great blues singers. You almost never want to punch them in the face.

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When you get to be Jimmy Page's age, almost all girls are inappropriately young. If, at the age of 59, Robert Plant asks anyone to squeeze his lemon 'til the juice runs down his leg" he should be laughed at by the audience and immediately taken into police custody.

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Zeppelin was first and foremost a "rock" band, and that doesn't age very gracefully. The Stones on the other hand were always far more about the roll than they were the rock. You can be a really old guy and play, say, "Tumblin' Dice" without looking stupid. The same probably can't be said about "The Immigrant Song."

I barely remember watching Led Zeppelin when they reunited for the Live Aid show back in 1985. I wasn't all that impressed, but hey, I was eight and I wanted to see Duran Duran. Years later, I dated a drummer who educated me about the mythic status of the late John Bonham and the overwhelming awesomeness of "Achilles Last Stand."

As I say, I was educated, and I became a fan. But I can't see spending money on a reunion show today when they're so over the hill and their best guy is dead. I'd never go see the Rolling Stones or The Who these days either. Of course, if it were 1975, I'd be all over it!

Skippy really needs to read Lord of the Rings, though. I can't believe he hasn't read that yet.

Posted by: annika at 04:32 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 You're back! I trust the bar went well? And who knew you were so friggin' young? Damn, I was an elderly fifteen in 1985 and spent most of Live Aid day camping with my girlfriend. I did however get to see Mick Jagger tear off Tina Turner's skirt. That was pretty cool. Knowing what I do now about the late-lamented Young Offenders Act, I actually should've finished "Lord of the Rings." Hitting someone in the face always looked like fun in Road Runner cartoons. Alas, it would be unseemly for a gentleman of my advanced years. Oh, and I re-wrote hunks of that post. It might actually be funny now. Welcome back!

Posted by: skippystalin at November 30, 2007 08:55 PM (TUjSW)

2 Mebbe he's never read it because it's total garbage? I've tried, several times, and I can never make it past page 150.

Posted by: Victor at December 01, 2007 05:51 AM (kLJvP)

3 I can't believe it! Skippy wasn't kidding! SHE IS BACK!

Posted by: reagan80 at December 01, 2007 01:18 PM (o4G66)

4 I'd never go see the Rolling Stones or The Who these days either. Saw the Stones for the first time two years ago. Eh. But I still might see Led Zep...

Posted by: Nigel at December 01, 2007 08:26 PM (wearR)

5 Annie, I came by just to leave a comment in your "farewell post" about how much we miss you especially now that Bronco Bomber has taken the lead in the Iowa polling and holy shit on a shingle there's a whole page of posts here! I saw that you said "I'm not back, by the way", so I hope you're inspired to be "not back by the way" for a long time to come. Welcome not back, by the way.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at December 02, 2007 04:15 PM (fLFSv)

6 Oh, what the hell is this!?!? I quit coming by because I thought you were throwing in the towel and in the process of cleaning up my favorites folder I find that you completely head faked me....that's just mean. I MOURNED you dammit!!!

Posted by: TBinSTL at December 02, 2007 10:01 PM (soc2D)

7 Forgot to mention I saw The Who earlier this year. Daltrey's voice is as strong as ever, and better than damn near everyone elses out there, and the supporting band (which includes Pete's bro on rythym guitar and Zack Starkey, Ringo's son, on drums) is one of the tightest around. Obviously, Townshend has forgotten (or ignored) his wish to die before he got old; OTOH, he ain't pretending to be a youngster. Props to him for acting his age...almost.

Posted by: Victor at December 03, 2007 05:08 AM (1oGDT)

8 I rescind my previous congratulations on being back, as you most definitely are NOT back. And I hope that you continue to not be back.

Posted by: physics geek at December 03, 2007 07:22 AM (MT22W)

9 I seem back.

Posted by: dawn summers at December 03, 2007 02:41 PM (SOf9N)

10 Damn, Skippy's rant was one of the best I've read in a while.

Posted by: ElMondoHummus at December 04, 2007 05:44 AM (xHyDY)

11 A welcome-back present for you.

Posted by: Victor at December 05, 2007 05:34 AM (1oGDT)

12 hey those would be so much better without the bows!

Posted by: annika at December 05, 2007 06:48 PM (mzyb2)

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