Richard_Coleslaw Posted January 27, 2008 Share Posted January 27, 2008 I submitted this topic on The Who's forum........... The Who's strengths: Innovators of volume and feedback. Mod icons Great pop songs and rock anthems Strong and conflicting personalities which added an air of tension to the proceedings. Unequaled live shows. Tommy First band to fully utilize synth's. Turned pop music into rock music. Highly regarded as an influence of punk rock. A great documentary in "The Kids Are Alright." The Who's weaknesses: Pete's preoccupation with the past and wanky subject matter. Unable to perform much of their latter material live,due to synth arrangements and guitar keys. (could have been remedied by writing songs in terms of live performances.) Too much live inactivity between '72 and '78. Remaining together after their "farewell tour"in '82. Having more "greatest hits"albums than studio albums. ('65 to '78) Pete not allowing all members to contribute more songs. Led Zeppelin's strengths: Willing to take musical chances.(drum solos, bowing of the guitar, the theremin, acoustic playing.) Breaking up after John Bonham's death. Playing in Belfast when most bands wouldn't dream of it. Giving more bang for the buck with some concerts lasting up to 3 hours. Although detached from their fans in some regards, their popularity was undeniably huge. Strong work ethic. They toured ceaselessly from '69 to '71. Jimmy Page created some of the best sounding records ever up to that point. The drum sound alone on "When The Levee Breaks" is just plain SICK. They seemed to enjoy themselves and despite of Jimmy Page's dominance, they were able to put aside egos for the common good of the band. Thy changed the way bands made money from concert promoters and record labels. Physical Graffiti. Led Zeppelin's weaknesses: They ripped off blues artists by stealing their music and not compensating them. Robert Plant's vocals and posturing. Were considered hyped-up and greedy. Their implied association with the occult. Overindulgence in solos. An awful documentary in "the Song Remains The Same". As far as The Who's higher rankings in recent polls, I can chalk that up to their recent popularity from touring and recording. Take the same poll when the "No Quarter" album and tour were popular, and The Who were inactive,and I'm sure Led Zeppelin would come out ahead. All in all, I am grateful for BOTH bands. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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