miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2006

Led Zeppelin

Por Alfredo Triff

Qué difícil sonar hoy así... Led Zeppelin, heavy metal al duro y sin guante. El grupo de más éxito de los 70, con diez álbumes de producción rigurosa (8 de ellos llegan al número 1) y 300 millones de elepés vendidos. Un grupo que se desintegra justo en 1980 (después de la muerte del baterista John Bonham) para definir un momento en la historia del rock. LZ lleva el grito al centro y lo empaca con una energía sicótica, de pulso eléctroacústico incendiario. ¿Magia? Aplastante, en la interpretación del blues, en la honesta y desgarrada voz de Robert Plant y el virtuosismo de Jimmy Page en la guitarra. Sin LZ no habría Kiss, Queen, o Metallica, ni el grunge de los 90 en Seattle (que nos trajo a Nirvana, Pearl Jam y Soundgarden). Grupo de rigor conceptual que raramente lanzó sencillos ("un álbum es una idea es una propuesta") y casi nunca brindó entrevistas. ¿Qué sería hoy de LZ, en un mundo de MP3, ipods y canciones a la venta por 99 centavos? LZ cierra le cierra la puerta a la idea de la emancipación cultural de los 60, pero su nihilismo sonoro no será vociferante y desbocado (como el hardcore posterior de Sex Pistols o The Ramones), sino cocinado a fuego lento (Stairway to Heaven es la prueba). El clip muestra al grupo en un estudio de televisión interpretando el clásico Communication Breakdown: Pura, enorme energía.


23 comentarios:

paul moor dijo...

"Led Zeppelin inaugura el heavy metal al duro y sin guante..."

se nos olvida black sabbath?

sin lz no hay kiss ni nirvana, pero sin bs no hay lz ni slayer ni skinny puppy...

tumiami dijo...

DE acuerdo Paul. Gracias por esa aclaracion.

paul moor dijo...

rereading it, the comment sounds more pedantic than intended...sorry...it was late and a latent music nerdomness kicked in...

tumiami dijo...

Paul: I can see you lean toward Sabbath. They were definitely contemporaries and competitors. The difference in my opinion is LZ's sophistication. In contrast to meticulously arranged and surprising shifting in dynamics, BS just flailed away at the guitars creating an impenetrable slow and heavy sludge.

paul moor dijo...

yeah, but that sludge is what opened up the non-commercial (ok, less commercial) end of metal/hardrock/industrial/(punk?), etc...i can t imagine throbbing gristle or megadeth coming out of anywhere but the smoldering, bruegelean ruins that bs made out things like 'chords' or 'singing'...lz--the soundtrack of '78 camaros roaring down country roads--is great, don t get me wrong, like a prodigious quarter of classical musician who figured out where to go for coke and groupies, but they just seem to be 'on track' to me...no sleazy underside of the real or whatever...and no icky weirdness like, say, lynyrd skynyrd... postpunk--define that--seems to need bs more than lz...

tumiami dijo...

i can t imagine throbbing gristle or megadeth coming out of anywhere but the smoldering, bruegelean ruins that bs made out things like 'chords' or 'singing'
Well put, I have to agree.

EL ICONOCLASTA dijo...

Nunca hubiera podido discernir lo que me molestaba de Black Sabbath y con este intercambio de entendidos entre AT y Paul Moor veo que la densidad de BS era lo que yo no aceptaba.Mi hermano menor me echaba en cara el muro de sonido de BS y yo me defendia con lo mas sofisticado de LZ.El nivel de elaboracion entre ambos es distinto.Con el tiempo he apreciado lo que dice Paul Moor, pero sigo bebiendo de LZ como mi mejor añejo.Es incrible llegar a viejos cargando con una estridencia tan sublime.

mm dijo...

Wow, way over my head guys... reflects heavy involvement in heavy metal; I never got into it. But this is what makes Tumiami such throbbing, sometimes smoldering space.

quiero cumbia dijo...

punk & POST PUNK is much better. Pues ahi ya no esta implicito the pain & letargy of darkness, but the solution itself, marginal in a way, given that is not an accepted posture of society, as if being good was bad, and you need to hide to be good, or be rebelius to up-hold the flag of being awesome.

Post-Punk and ever futher than that like "Cold Play" for example, reveals a better reality, softer but declared pure, demosntrating in such away, that the agressivenss & cinism of PUNK Lirics did work out in the lower spheres, youth & children who took refuge there scaping from the cruel reality. As a result we find a much better generation, that has now grown stronger and elder & can enjoy amongst their huge circle of friends and has power and money like any adult.

Being pure and good is not all of the sudden rare once again. Taking pride in being a good person is not anymore a social disorder. I still remember, when for the criptical generation of flowers the hippies, singing freedom songs and dying out of prostitution and drug addiction, including there a Kurt Kubain, and the "Alternative" parade. I do not respect those guys much, why? Simple, they didnt survive themselves, Janis Joplins for example, o yeah great but.....what is that?

Is that what is means to be COOL? Where? In which Planet? I call that zero brains, if you have no stregth to understand your limitation & your capacities aswell as those of your body needs, then you shouldnt do drugs inconhesively.

I guess, the middle of that century, was harsh, i feel sorry for the youth of those days, very sorry. For they had to deal with and break through the evil not at a human level but at the chemical & phisical level of Atmomic bombs and the psychological pressure of the Cold War (the Witch Hunt) or ask Chaplin and he will tell how & why was he extraditated back to England, or ask Lennon why was he assasinated.

Very impressive, but we also saw the birth of different institutions like the UN, which may be not yet "Optimus Prime" however it does have the influence and compromise of the nations.

We will progress sonorically, the exploration in sounds will impress the human ears, relatively to the purerity of the blue elfs singing in "The Lord of the Rings" T.

Just around the block, a few billiseconds away from another kind of sound, one that unites and mixes all in all, as in all that JAZZ, sincretism in sound, the complextion of sound, in other words sound is free, and shall never be bounder by styles, like Habana Abierta says, "Que rico suena un rock&Roll con timba"...

All together, gluing the pure essense of the different schools, like a collage or and exploration pure and definate forms, can surely bring you up to something new. As could be the deconstruction of sound, and the analisys of sound at another level, at a more nature level, or like in the book "Asi hablaba Zaratustra" there was an image of his seating at the verve of the river, when he listened to all the world & the universe together, something like OMMMMMMMMMMM! and Nothing like Silence.

It will be like that. It is already like in many circles.

jr dijo...

Mi grupo de los setenta. Yo creo que Zoso asumió el hilo de la excepcionalidad musical que cuatro locos geniales habían iniciado un septenio atrás. Aún cuando su estruendo podía llegar a ser dantesco, eran un "grupo de rigor conceptual" cuyas composiciones eran arduamente elaboradas como bien explica Alfredo en su post. Stairway to Heaven es una de las piezas magistrales del rock y, en mi rudimentaria opinión, representa un hito en la historia musical. Es una creación que muestra que tras la rabieta sonora puede haber virtuosismo y clasicismo de nuevos bríos. Pero, en verdad, para mi gusto, muchas de las canciones de LZ son como peldaños al cielo. Gracias, tumiami, por recordarme esos momentos de levitación.

Vizcaino dijo...

Les falta hablar del grupo "TOOL",
Es un grupo que lleva el sonido sicodelico de Led Zeppelin,a otra dimension.Musica underground de la buena,donde su disco AENIMA,es de lo mejor de nuestra epoca,en el estilo POST-TRASH METAL.Las letras de TOOL y su estilo musical,son una esperanza de la buena cultura norteamericana,donde hay tanta ANEMIA cultural.

P.Vizcaino

Inkieta dijo...

Oh oh oh oh oh oh …
You don’t have to go…

El « mojo » de Robert Plant elevo esta banda muy pero muy encima de muchas.

Inkieta dijo...

Vizcaino - yo tengo ese disco. Es muy bueno. Mi track favorito: "Stinkfest".

El Buti dijo...

Wow man, que post. Cuando oi a Zepelin laprimera vez fue en una fiesta del Vedado por el anno 77. El LP lo llevo Martica,la hija de un pincho con la que estaba en ese momento. Yo desauciado, ella una loca que sabia que aquel no era su ambiente. Martica y Led Zeppelin cambiaron mi vida. Cuanto la extranno....

Le Samurai dijo...

very nice discussion indeed. i'm glad we can talk english & spanish. i think i feel better with the first, but anyhow...
guys you're playing the music of my parents, other than that, it's great. i feel that some of today's music with few exceptions is shit. entonces se vuelve al pasado. it's as if anything that smells good smells bad later. what is it? that's why paul admitted (ok, less commercial)...

La Mano Poderosa dijo...

Le Samurai,
I agree, the downward trend in music is saddening. The "Classic Rock" still is a foundation in 20th century and 21st century music, yet, the commercialism and industry has overtaken the talent of writing good scores and concurrent melodies, in fact this "funk factory" of product promotion has lost its way as in other art forms. Perhaps it may be necessary to look back a little before fast forwarding and crashing into the wall of just noice.

mayo dijo...

no creo que tool sea considerado underground en estos dias. si en los principios de los noventas se iniciaron en la escena punk de california (the opiate), y sus canciones de mas de cuatro minutos no son aptas para radiodifusion, su produccion de discos se a limitado a un album por lustro. no olvidemos que "lateralus" gano el grammy por el mejor disco de heavy metal y la banda toca en arenas no en dives como las bandas underground. Tool ha logrado refinar la sicodelia y el uso de secuenciadores y moogs para crear atmosferas siniestras y/o tranquilas que progresan irremediablemente en la catarsis que identifica a el punk y el metal. Tool ha alcanzado el equilibrio entre la elegancia oscura de black sabbath y la estridencia de led zeppelin, ironicamente, sus influencias son mas marcadas por una banda contemporanea de ellos que se quedo en el underground. Neurosis.

"I will work to elevate you
just enough to bring you down...
...I will find the center in you
i will chew it up and leave.
trust me! trust me! trust me!

quiero cumbia dijo...

me rathers angloxason too. Me forgat spanish totally. :+( I am practicing here. ;+)

for sure. AN GLISH is better. Shorter and consice, compact.

I LOVE ENGLISH.

tumiami dijo...

Samurai, welcome. Lo que dices es importante. Y tiene que ver (y perdona que desvie la cosa un poco) al hecho mismo de la modernidad. A monster with many faces... the thing is not to keep pretending that we have somehow to "be underground." Have not we learned throughout modernity that anything "underground" now will be tomorrow's top 40's? C'mon! So, more than being (or not) underground, la cosa es ser autentico con tu mensaje y con tu obra. I'm glad you like your parents' stuff. I feel I could probably be he.

Inkieta dijo...

Yo soy amante de los videos de Tool. Siempre me han parecido muy conceptuales. Complementan muy bien todo el cuadro.

El Buti dijo...

Gente nueva... bienvenidos.

paul moor dijo...

in the late 60s, there was a very famous art exhibit titled "when attitudes become form"...i think someone should produce a compilation titled "when disenchantment becomes form"...3 volumes...volume I: the horror of the system: starts with black sabbath runs through alice cooper and then slayer and ends in death metal (american and scandinavian) and hardcore...volume II: psychic rape: velvet underground and throbbing gristle through suicide and finishing off with merzbow and wolf eyes... volume III: autism is our rebellion: the stooges, mc5, the red krayola, half-japanese, pere ubu, the fall, selected punk bands (bad brains, for instance)...

sorry no tool, no clash, no zepplin, no beatles--that s for a different compilation titled "the world is shit but we can make lillies bloom if we can get it together..."

cold play, in this ideal world, would be in the bargain bin and so they don t really get invited to be in compilations...

this compilation wouldn t be underground, but it would have something to do with modernity's slimy underbelly...

lz vs. bs: it s a good scotch/blinding (or deafening, as the case may be) moonshine kind of comparison...there s a season for each...these days, moonshine just sooths better...

le samurai, shitty music that doesn t revel in its shittiness, of course so in tune with the shittiness of the times, gets radio play...whoooa, i almost wrote radiohead instead of radio play...

ok, what a long comment...weel, some other day we ll have to talk about all the shit that has replaced nuclear anxiety and the other terrible things that afflicted those poor mid-century souls...after all, kids are still making little ditties that are like jackhammers to the cerbellum...

quiero cumbia dijo...

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