Thursday, December 27, 2007

Led Zeppelin

When I think of the biggest bands in Rock history, way at the top of my list is Led Zeppelin. It would probably be atop most music fans' lists.

But, I may have discovered another sign of my age.

I was bowling at King's with Chris, Ryan, and Jamen on Saturday. (aside - props to Jamen for winning both games, but my second-place finish with three strikes and 144 pins during the first game was one of my best performances. I usually hang around 100, so I'll attribute my score to practice playing Wii bowling).

One of the songs that came on was "Ramble On," by Led Zeppelin. When the part of the song about Lord of the Rings came on (T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair. But Gollum, and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her, her, her....yeah), I made a comment about it.

Not one of them - all in their late 20's - had any idea what I was talking about. They had never heard "Ramble On," and when I pressed them, asking if any could name another Led Zeppelin song, not one of them could.

Stairway to Heaven? Black Dog? Rock and Roll?

I don't get it. No, I didn't grow up when Zeppelin was releasing original albums. But, in high school - HIGH SCHOOL - I loved Zeppelin, as did many of my friends. It was kind of a given.

I graduated twenty years after Led Zeppelin IV. They weren't exactly the band of the moment. They were (and are) simply timeless.

Is Zeppelin really not gaining new fans? Is 30 the cutoff age, where they are irrelevant to people under 30?


Jamen said...

You need to print a retraction Jason...Ryan actually beat me on the second game but just by a few points. However, my score from the first game of 160 was the top score of the day. I should join the pro tour. haha!

The Fuz said...

When the former star of the band is making music like this:'s hard for the young ones to want to listen to the old good stuff.

Seriously though, they couldn't name another Zeppelin song? What music do they normally listen to?

r. said...

2 kids from the neighborhood carrying their guitars came into the living room at our family's holiday party. I said, "Great! The rockstars are here. How's about a little Black Dog." Silence... stares... the eyebrow... "Uh... stairway to heaven?" chirp chirp of the crickets... damn... 30 it is!