Sunday, December 10, 2006

Does Anyone Remember Laughter?

Despite the fact that I'm male, I never went through the prerequisite, 15-year-old, Led Zeppelin phase. When the time came that all young men must buy their copies of Led Zeppelin IV, I was too busy listening to the Beatles White Album and trying to figure out why "Helter Skelter" made Charles Manson go insane (as was my understanding of the situation at the time). It's like I missed out on that health class video that explains what boners are and why you're supposed to buy deodorant. And it's not that I don't like Led Zeppelin; I think they're just fine. I even, eventually, owned said copy of Led Zeppelin IV, but not until years later, when I was in college and had bought it purely to be ironic. I was just never... you know... in to them. The same goes for Pink Floyd, but I don't feel weird about that; they kinda suck.

Anyway, I was watching, last night, in a drunken haze, the VH1 doc Heavy: The History of Metal. It opened with a long discourse on Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and how they were the founders of Metal and it got me to thinking; pondering, even. I've always liked Black Sabbath, so why am I not a Zeppelin fan? What's wrong with me? Am I not a Man? Then the show started talking about Judas Priest and AC/DC and I got distracted by Rob Halford's leather-clad antics and Angus Young running around dressed as a school boy and the pondering, for a time, was forgotten.

This morning, however, it's bothering me again. Nagging at me. Led Zeppelin... why? Why not? A billion teenagers can't be wrong, can they (evidence points, most cases, that yes they can be; how else do you explain Limp Bizkit)?

At any rate, I've now decided that it's time, long past time, for me to get in to Led Zeppelin. I'm going to start with the gateway album, the aforementioned IV and work my way in from there. I hope to soon be reading "Hammer of the Gods" with a knowing smirk and growing my hair out into long, flowing locks of pure musical understanding.

I'll keep you posted.


Anonymous mmyers said...

Might I suggest Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffitti?

I've heard folks say they were metal but I think they're way cooler than that. There was a lot of reggae and country and hard rock to their stuff, but they were always evolving.

m"Yes, I went through a Led Zep phase, but not a Doors phase"myers

12:50 PM  
Blogger Clinton said...

Have to check those out; thanks for the tip!

Yeah, I never did The Doors either. I like their song "Peace Frog" and also "Touch Me," but otherwise I've always thought of them as way, way overrated.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Big Daddy said...

The Doors ARE way overrated.

I am actually kind of starting to get in to Pink Floyd, now that I saw a documentary on Dark Side Of The Moon [on VH1 as well].

6:10 PM  

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