What If All Rock Bands Sounded Like Led Zeppelin?

by Paul Simister on September 15, 2011

While Led Zeppelin aren’t my favourite rock band from the 1970s, they are such an archetypal group and widely copied.

Let’s take a look at what made Led Zeppelin special and wonder what it would be like if more Led Zeppelin soundalikes had made it big.

Led Zeppelin – Why Are They So Special?

Led ZeppelinThe Led Zeppelin Band Members

The band members all had very distinct profiles:

  • Robert Plant – the sexy bare-chested lead singer in tight trousers and with the high shrieking voice
  • Jimmy Page – the guitar hero with interests in the occult
  • John Bonham – the hard drinking, thunderous drummer
  • John Paul Jones – the quiet, reserved bassist and keyboard player

Led Zeppelin The Biggest Band In the World

For much of the early seventies, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and The Who battled for the titled of the biggest band in the world.

According to Wikipedia, Led Zeppelin are still the fourth best selling artists in the United States although they are a long way behind The Beatles.

No wonder they were such a big influence on up-and-coming band and were regularly imitated.

Top 10 Led Zeppelin Rip-Off Bands

Personally I always thought it was lazy journalism. For example I remember reading many comments that Aerosmith sounded like Led Zep but looked like the Rolling Stones.

It’s also ironic as Led Zeppelin themselves plundered the blues heritage as they took ideas and adapted them.

What If All Rock Bands Sounded Like Led Zeppelin?

It would be so boring.

Variety is the spice of life and a pale imitation of Led Zeppelin is just that.

But we see imitation so often in business.

If something works well and proves popular, there is a huge temptation to copy it.

Too often product-markets converge into commodities where preference is driven by price since there’s little difference in what you get.

But success in rock music is different.

There are commonalities within musical genres but each successful group creates its own identity which makes it unique.

Robert Plant was born in West Bromwich, about four miles away from where I live. His big rival as a heavy rock singer Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath was born in Aston, Birmingham and that’s about three miles away in the opposite direction. They were even born in the same year, 1948.

While Zeppelin and Sabbath were both pioneers of rock, their sound is very difficult. I can imagine some fans loving one and hating the other. Personally I preferred Deep Purple and The Who to both.

Paul Simister is a business strategy coach who helps business owners to differentiate their businesses and develop winning strategies. Get your free copy of the ebook The Six Steps Profit Formula.

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Alternative rock bands March 6, 2012 at 1:33 am

Led Zeppelin is the best classic rock band of all time! If every band out right now sounded like them music would be much more worth listening to.

They are my favorite band because they span such a great range of genres its hard not to find something you like. BEST BAND EVER.


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