Please click here if you are not redirected within a few seconds. You are now on the desktop site. Disclaimer: this page is not written by from the point of view of a Led Zeppelin sick Again – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti and is not generally intended for narrow-perspective Led Zeppelin fanatics.

If you are deeply offended by criticism, non-worshipping approach to your favourite artist, or opinions that do not match your own, do not read any further. If you are not, please consult the guidelines for sending your comments before doing so. For reading convenience, please open the reader comments section in a parallel browser window. Drawing a deep breath, I set out on the treacherous path of reviewing the Zepsters.

I’m really a little scared about it, what with them guys being really huge, huge, huge. By all accounts, they were the Beatles of the Seventies – no, they didn’t have the Beatles’ vibe, and the music didn’t have anything to do with the Beatles at all, except for maybe a ballad or two, but on the social and commercial levels they certainly were the equivalent to the Fab Four. I give ’em a class status of C. I admit that it does seem a little strange after I’d called them the Beatles of the Seventies. I’ve never cared especially much ’bout the band just because they were a Seventies band. And, as is the usual problem with so many Seventies bands, they weren’t a hell of an original band. The revolution they led was more about the mood and the attitude than about the music itself.

Anyway, regardless of all my critiques, they were a good lil’ band, and certainly thousands of times better than the swarms of braindead metal crap bands they unconsciously bred and inspired. This, unfortunately, is a bad point against them: being a good band, they were certainly a horrible influence. But I’m sure everybody will sort it out for themselves. And a special note for the fans who are more than willing to flame me: please don’t bother. The Led Zeppelin issue is one of the few issues where I’m not – and I mean NOT – budging an inch.

I’ve had more than my fair share of Led Zep expertise over the years, and I’ve learned all about the reasons for which the band is so gruesomely overrated. There’s no way they can score more than a C, and that’s that. The line-up evocates immediate connotations with The Who, of course, and indeed, Led Zep modelled their image very much akin to that of their predecessors: with a wild, frenzied guitarist, a mad drummer, a lion-maned, free-flowing vocalist and a quiet, but highly professional bass player. This isn’t a good point: imitations are always cheaper than the originals. The rockers are great, but Led Zep ballads are very hit-and-miss, so fake at times Why couldn’t they have all their ballads similar to ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’? One point needs to be taken off because Led Zeppelin weren’t the ONLY or even the FIRST originators of heavy metal as we know it.