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  1. Yeah, I went back and listened to it and its definitely "Keep A Knockin'." The reason I thought it was "Rip It Up" is I remember reading an interview with Page a long long time ago and he was talking about "Rock And Roll" and said something to the effect of "Then Bonham started playing around with the 'Rip It Up' thing..." But I guess I remembered it wrong, he must have said "Keep A Knockin." For the life of me I've always remembered it as "Rip it Up." Magic Sam, that's probably the same intereview you're remembering, about Bonham improvising around a LR song.
  2. Ooohh, yoou can't go wrong with Jaws, go rent it today. One of the best movies of all time, an instant classic. Yes, it is scary, but its just great film-making and Richard is outstanding in it. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is also great, I particularly Love the "Tennis / Question Game" scene, Roth is also good in that. Of course, I'm a massive Hamlet fan so I'm geared toward liking it anyway.
  3. Not to side track you lovely lusty women here, but Liz Taylor circa Butterfield 8 era, there wasn't a woman that came close to her then. I'm too drunk to go searching the net and post pics, maybe tomorrow. And... for my own opinions here - Pitt-- great in Fight Club, and yes he's gorgeous. The guy in the new Bond, Casino Royale, can't remember his name...excellent as Bond. Jared Leto - should play Roger Daltrey in the Keith Moon flick. David Beckham - I'd rather fuck Posh Spice, but then you'd all expect that, I'm sure. Pacino - He's beautiful DeNiro - Maybe I'm biased because of his performances, he's just magnetic on screen. Redford - Oh, if you only knew the way women swooned over him in the 70s. He was the Brad Pitt of his day. I always liked Bob, he had a kind of rugged look that men could identify with. Great in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Lots of great films. If anything I probably look more like a middle-age Tom Cruise than anything else. Hey, I was an extra in the auditorium scene from Talk Radio. Oh, that Oliver Stone. Kept us all waiting for hours. I was just too fast for the movie scene. I'm more of the wandering artist type.
  4. Footsteps, Jaws is still the fave, maybe too predictable, but its just such a magic piece of work and he shines in it. A little Hollywood side story here, you may know this already... when it was made ('75 or so) Dreyfuss was worried about his career. I think he had just made The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz and he really thought his career was over. He took Jaws just because he thought he wasn't going to get any more offers. Spielberg was an unknown then, so he didn't have the rep he has now. Anyway, Dreyfuss thought Jaws was going to be a complete dud, he thought his career in the movie biz was OVER! He was so depressed about it. Then, he went to the premiere and lo and behold Jaws was an instant hit. It made him an overnight star. Of course, he followed with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind two years later and he's been a major star ever since. Other faves would be Down And Out In Beverly Hills, Goodbye Girl (his only Oscar) and Let It Ride (no one has seen it) and a host of others. He's great, Love him to death.
  5. The Keith/Mick pic is definitely from the late 60s. The Newman pic is most certainly pre-73, The Sting-era. Just thought I'd be helpful in the kitchen here. I'm assuming by posting in this thread everyone will automatically assume I'm gay, but no...just a movie/movie star fan. Newman was great. Nobody's Fool is still one of my faves (and he was in his 70s by then).
  6. OK, to Footeps Of Dawn, as a completely heterosexual man I must say... You have impeccable taste in men! Dreyfuss, particularly...one of my fave actors, and we share the same b-day, Oct. 29.
  7. I'll give you the props on Oldman, he did look great in Dracula. The film itself, however, is an incredibly laughable joke. But he LOOKED great!
  8. I didn't read through the whole thread (because I've been drinking bourbon for two hours) so forgive me if I rehash here (I'll read through it when I'm done). They had commercial success early on, with "Whole Lotta Love" (at least in the states), and "Black Dog" and "Rock And Roll" charted over here too. After that they seemed to slip into this dark underworld of stone-heads culture. After Bonzo's death they were revived with songs from In Through The Out Door being played heavily on clasic rock radio stations (specifically "In The Evening" and "All My Love" ). I think they went "mainstream" from then, they were already a big deal when Live Aid happened in '83 (?). So their mystique changed after '80 into something different from dark "heavy metal" underworld into "great lost band." Its strange and ironic that they were still mythical in a way but for different reasons and from different interpretations and a different perspective. A whole new generation was ready to discover them and this generation KNEW and UNDERSTOOD Zep's place in rock and roll history and their importance. To THAT generation, of which I count myself (being born in '64, 16 in 1980) I say "Thank You" for your wisdom and your insight ( I count that generation, the Punk/New Wave generation as the last great brilliant wave of musicologists, even given their presumed hatred of 70s excess and so-called dinosaur bands, the real intellects behind that movement were able to trace the linear logic behind all that evolution of "popular" music). I would say Led Zeepelin has been a commercial entity since the end of that era ('83) but they just haven't capitalised on it. As far as them doing it now, 25 years later, I say more power to 'em! They deseve every bit of recognition they get. Nothing anyone does now, no commercial or advertising, is going to change what they were and what they did and represented. The image of Led Zeppelin is always going to be rock and roll, Plant with his tight pants, Page with his Magus outfits of mystical symbols and *GREAT* stage moves, Jonesy with his long Lord Valiant hairdo, Bonham with his 'wild man' drummer persona, that's rock and roll, that's Led Zeepelin, they will always be seen that way. Its a strange and wonderful dichotomy, their image vs. their music. Thier image is stuck in time, but their music transcends it, to this day. "The Rain Song" is no less as revelatory and meaningful as it was 30 years ago. Ditto dozens of other songs we could name. "The Song Remains The Same"...what band today could produce that kind of brilliance, in the production and the songwriting and the execution? None that I can name. "Commercialization" is fine by me. They deserve the credit and the recognition. They don't need the money, I assume, but the fame and recognition, and the credit, they deserve. But who among us is ever going to picture them as anything else but the way they looked in The Song Remains The Same? That is classic Led Zeppelin. How do you pictuire The Beatles? With grey hair and trousers puilled up to their waists? No...either suit and ties from A Hard Day's Night or wino bums from The White Album; either way, the music sets the stage. One thing I want to add... It was definitely strange seeing them at the 02. In my mind they are always at Madison Square Garden, '73. And yet, they looked SO MAGNIFICENTLY beautiful at the 02. So F'n CLASSY. Yes, they were the elder statesmen of Rock. Page looks great with his silver hair and subdued moves. Robert looked great as the country gentleman. Jones looked great as the casual guy who just sort of wandered into the whole thing off the street. And Jason was the spirit of hyped-up energetic youth. It was beautiful. For all the talk and rumours of tours and new albums, you know, they've done their bit, they gave at the office, no one of us has any rhyme or reason to ask for a single note more, they already did it, anything we could be asking for they already did it, so its fine by me for them to get some pay-off from it. People can call it "commercialization" all they want, it doesn't change a thing for me. You know, they could do the Full House Reunion T.V. show for all it matters to me, in 30 years when I'm 73, I'll still be rockin it to "The Song Remains The Same," guarenteed. That song is already 30 years and I'm STILL rockin it on my handheld, in the car, almost every day. And it STILL beats 99% of anything I've got on there and anything I've heard since. The only things ahead of it are probably "Tomorrow Never Knows" by The Beatles and "A Quick One (While He's Away" by The Who from The Rolling Stone's Rock And Roll Circus. My point is... Commercialization is an immediate thing but "The Rain Song" will be still be listened to 20 years from now when all this is forgotten. Look at all the image and commercialization the Beatles have gone through, but their music has transcended all of that. Same for Zep. I realize none of that makes any sense whatsoever. It was just the bourbon talking.
  9. I find it rather telling that so many of us list "Stairway to Heaven" as the song that got them interested. Such a tribute to the power of that song, even regardless of its current overplayed status as an icon of popular music. More interesting though, is "Black Dog." That song is like some weird bridge between satanic stoner heavy metal and classic rock. That riff...and Bob's vocals...its like its underground and mainstream at the same time. (Yes, I called him Bob, bet I'm the first on here to do it. Probably made half a dozen enemies, just with that). Its the bridge between middle-class suburbia and stoner-freak satanic metal-head. Hey, that's no small feat.
  10. Just purchased Amazing Journey with the extra 79' show in Chicago. Hmmm...s'ok. 80% of the live footage can be seen in The Kids Are Alright, I was expecting so much more than that, but the interviews were nice. I was most impressed however with the footage of "The High Numbers" from '64. Abso-fucking-lutley AMAZING! Unbelievable that that's what they sounded like in '64. If I were in a band currently I would KILL to get that sound! Moon was not human, from another planet. Its just mind-blowing to me that that footage is from '64. And that whole short film is just great, with those *mostly* deadpan mods, that whole party, reminds of the party scene from the Quadrophenia film. I Love The Who. One thing that Amazing Journey does is show that hands down they were probably the best live band of their time, their frenetic chaotic energy is just unmatched by anyone, imo. I've always maintained that if you reeled in the energy of The Who live (with Moon) and focused it you'd have Led Zeppelin. And consequently if you unbound the energy of Zep live and let it spin off in four directions you have The Who. Love 'em both dearly.
  11. I have to say, one of the things I find interesting about this board is how threads can veer off into antagony at the drop of a hat! Makes me laugh! The same thing happens on the XTC board, although there it's usually someone trying to make everyone laugh. Actually, this board reminds me of the XTC board a lot, everyone's pretty loose on here. Communication on the internet just always makes me laugh, things careen off into madness without a care. And that's one of the good things about it.
  12. These kinds of lists are never easy but they are fun. 1. The Song Remains The Same 2. The Rain Song 3. Carouselambra 4. Achille's Last Stand 5. Out On The Tiles 6. Celebration Day 7. Communication Breakdown 8. Friends 9. The Wanton Song 10. In The Light In no particular order, natch.
  13. Just to interject a relatively meaningless fact here... If I'm not mistaken, and its been quite a few years since I've listened to Little Richard with any regularity, but I think the opening drum to "Rock And Roll" is actually lifted from Richard's "Rip It Up" and not "Keep A-Knocking." That was a great dissection, Sam.
  14. HA! I've been saying this for years! That's classic, Magic Sam. You mind if I use that for my sig line? Provided I give you fair credit, of course.
  15. I used to joke "never let your left hand know what the right one is doing...otherwise you'll have to wash both of them." Which sounds funny but doesn't really make sense, I guess. It begs the philosophical question, What is the sound of one hand washing?
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