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Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin IV”

I’ve got a new random number system for picking out records to write about, by the way, so there is no other reason for me putting this one on than that, though I still do thoroughly enjoy it—one of the more overplayed rock records of all time—every time I hear it. I don’t really need to talk about the songs or the music with this one, do I? My dream would be to meet someone who has never heard this record, then play it for them a few times while we talk about it and I take notes. But in what cave am I going to meet this person? My favorite song, no hesitation, is “Misty Mountain Hop”—one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs—especially the, “Baby, baby, baby do you like it,” part.

One of the funniest things is the disagreement over the title of this 1971 LP, the band’s fourth. I’m calling it, here, Led Zeppelin IV, as that, I think, is the most common way to refer to it, and what Wikipedia calls it. Discogs, however, insists that is has no title, which I guess is technically correct, but to call something “Untitled” strikes me as asinine, and that goes for anyone who has an artwork or something without a title, because then “Untitled” becomes the title and it’s no longer untitled. So please, people, title your shit. It just occurred to me, that since I’m writing about this now, in 2017, I may as well assign it a new title, and maybe it will catch on. I’ll think about this as I proceed.

I’m sure the album cover is considered some kind of a classic album cover, but I never liked it (except for there being no words on it), but when you open it up and look at the entire composition—the bleak landscape on the left, and crumbling wall with the painting hung on it in the foreground—it’s really pretty great. So I guess in that sense, I like it, which is more than I can say for the stupid stoner drawing on the inside, with a wizard standing on a rocky cliff looking down on a town (or maybe on a small, ragged figure of indeterminate gender, in the foreground). So little have I ever cared for this drawing, I feel like this is the first time I’m really looking at it. How many bags of weed have been consumed while the intricate, unrealistic rocks have been examined for hidden images and meanings? However, I just noticed, for the first time, that little white goat, grazing on an elevated plateau. I’m pretty certain the answer to the mystery lies there.

Okay, I’ve got it. Since this might be the most “Speenish”—(i.e., my last name, as an adjective, meaning the distillation of the R. Speen essence (sometimes, though not to be, confused with patchouli and burning sage))—of all popular rock ‘n’ roll records, I’m going to officially, as of this date forward, name this record: Led Zeppelin Speen.

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2 Responses to “Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin IV””


  1. 1 J Curtis
    August 23, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Actually, I think you will find that many people alive today, in their 20s and 30s, *have* never heard Led Zeppelin’s “Speen.” I’m 99% certain my bandmate Kat has never heard it, at least, not all the way through, intentionally. She’s certainly aware of it, and may have heard that one song a couple times, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she actually hasn’t.

    “Misty Mountain Hop” is indeed hands-down the best song on here, though, you have that right. I’ve played it on my college radio show, even. And probably apologized for doing so. But a very close second is their cover of Memphis Minnie’s “When The Levee Breaks,” due to the insanely great sounding drums on it. The Beastie Boys absolutely did the right thing by starting off their “Licensed To Ill” album with the “Levee” drum beat.

    Also, I had a stoner artist friend in hi-skule who looked exactly like the drawing of the wizard inside this album. He was a huge fan of Roger Dean, though, the artist who did all the Yes album covers (and if you want a copy of Yessongs, I accidentally picked up a copy for 50 cents recently and am desperate to get rid of it FAST).

    I need to catch up with all your other recent postings! I’m still trying to find a copy of Mose Allison’s album you reviewed recently!


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