Review #101: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin

Karla Clifton
2 min readJun 8, 2021

#101: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin

A friend recently described Led Zeppelin to me as “easy to make fun of.” That only makes me love them more.

I once read a Led Zeppelin biography called When Giants Walked The Earth that was the most hagiographical thing I’ve ever seen. You can tell that author Mick Wall is a real fan because he talks about the members of Led Zeppelin in a way that is so reverent that he might as well have be describing priests.

My favorite part of the book was learning that Jimmy Page was really into the occult, and that he once freaked David Bowie out so bad that Bowie performed an exorcism on his house after Page visited.

What are you think the chances are that Jimmy Page has actually contacted the devil? I know the chances are low, but surely they’re not nothing?

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Good Times Bad Times” — This is my second-favorite Led Zeppelin song.

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” — The RS blurb calls this song “acid-flavored folk blues.”

“You Shook Me” — This is, in fact, NOT a different version of AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” but a Muddy Waters cover.

“Dazed & Confused” — I love music that sounds like purgatory.

“Your Time Is Gonna Come” — Kind of a relief to hear something like this after “Dazed & Confused.”

“Black Mountain Side” — This makes me wish I was actually good at guitar and not some kind of poser.

“Communication Breakdown” — How can a man reach those screeching high notes? Do you think Jimmy Page did some occult thing?

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” — Just a straight blues song.

“How Many More Times” — As many as I can stand!

LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:

Hahaha, you’re kidding, right?

IS RS FULL OF IT?

Look, if you see a Led Zeppelin album on this list, automatically bump it up by 20 spots.

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