Led Zeppelin’s “Song Remains The Same” Remains Inane

Oct 27th, 2006 // 7 Comments

Hard to believe we almost missed it, but this week is the 30th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s concert film The Song Remains The Same, one of the best bad music movies of all time. For those of you who didn’t rent it a half-dozen times in junior high-school–each time with the hopes that it would somehow get better, or least less cockamamie–you’re missing out on the bizarre fantasy sequences in which the band members chase wizards and play gangsters. Honestly, not even a few hours in front of a Volcano vaporizer can make this thing tolerable.

But one true-believer fan tried to salvage the movie by taking the footage from the band’s lackluster “Stairway to Heaven” performance and pairing it with the audio from the (awesome) How The West Was Won CD. And you people thought yesterday was nerdy.

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven (new audio)

  1. PengIn

    Agreed. Not only are the fantasy sequences mind bogglingly awful, that has to be the worst show Zeppelin ever played. Also, I’ve seen that movie about 20 times.

    The DVD they put out with HTWWW more than makes up for it. The Dutch TV performance of How Many More Times is incredible.

  2. chaircrusher

    Let me betray my age by saying I’ve been hating Led Zeppelin for their entire 37+ year career. Robert Plant spawned 37 years of screechy rock vocals by tight-pants hair farmers.

    The only really good thing about Led Zep is the engineer who turned the compressor up to 11 for the drumming on “When The Levee Breaks.”

    And “Stairway”? Fuck me if I have to hear that piece of crap ever again. If it comes on the car radio, I don’t just switch stations, I remove the “Stairway” station from the channel presets.

    And the sentence for Hobbit-themed songs should be Life Without Parole at a Renaissance fair…

  3. Ozzy

    “Does anyone remember laughter??”

  4. Chris Molanphy

    Thanks, Ozzy – I was waiting for someone to drop that line. Never ceases to be hilarious.

  5. jmhtalley

    IMHO, the chief reason to rent this flick was always to see Jimmy mess with a theremin, which, for many a classmate/fellow rock nerd back in high school, was the first we’d ever heard of a theremin. Many of us would not bother to look up what a theremin was until after seeing that certain documentary a few years later…

  6. SirLoin

    Hey, these guys are totally ripping off Wolfmother!

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