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Tal Bachman: Forty Years Later, A Musical Memoriam
Steyn On-line ^ | October 4, 2020 | Tal Bachman

Posted on 10/05/2020 3:21:21 PM PDT by Twotone

The song grabs you in the first two seconds: two shots on an E chord, followed by quarter-note hi-hat hits. You know something big's going to happen. No—it already is happening.

At five seconds, the hi-hat hits double into eighth-notes as the E chord shots repeat. At seven seconds, the addition of a swung sixteenth-note (played on cowbell with a brush) signals the imminent, exhilarating plunge into a song you've never heard, but which you now want to hear more than anything else.

And at twelve seconds, an authoritative, effortlessly-executed drum fill plunges you into what might be rock and roll's greatest first song on a first album, ever...and we already know—before the song, or even a proper drum part, has started—we're in the presence of drumming greatness. The rest of the song, as well as the rest of the album, only further confirms it.

The song is "Good Times, Bad Times". The album is Led Zeppelin I, released in early 1969. And the drummer was a scrawny, twenty year old Brummie who'd never taken a drum lesson in his life. For the next twelve years, John Bonham would power the biggest, most influential, most iconic rock band in history, until his premature death forty years ago this past week. Even now, all these years later, ask any rock musician who the greatest rock drummer in history is, and almost all will name Bonham. Here's why.

Think about any musical contender for the "greatest" something or other—singer, guitarist, saxophonist, etc.—and you'll notice that underneath all the differences in style, they were all great musicians first.

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TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: bonzo; drummer; johnbonham; ledzep; ledzeppelin; overrated; ripoffartists; yawn
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1 posted on 10/05/2020 3:21:22 PM PDT by Twotone
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To: Twotone

E E G A...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0b4Ga5WQkw


2 posted on 10/05/2020 3:23:33 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1, Today's Special: Half Baked, 50c)
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To: Twotone

good times bad times - led zeppelin
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsZG7n7ries


3 posted on 10/05/2020 3:26:50 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Get out of the matrix and get a real life.)
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To: Twotone
And at twelve seconds, an authoritative, effortlessly-executed drum fill plunges you into what might be rock and roll's greatest first song on a first album, ever

I'm thinking Van Halen might also have a claim to that with "Runnin' With The Devil".

Both debut albums pretty darn good, but LZ has proved to have more staying power.

4 posted on 10/05/2020 3:27:37 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Orange Man GOOD!)
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To: Twotone

Randy’s son.


5 posted on 10/05/2020 3:28:29 PM PDT by bwest
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To: Twotone

I agree that Bonzo was great, but don’t forget Neil Peart or Jukka Nevalainen. As for how hard he pounded the skins, Achim Färber of the NDH band Eisbrecher gives John a good run for his title.


6 posted on 10/05/2020 3:34:31 PM PDT by Don W (When blacks riot, neighbourhoods and cities burn. When whites riot, nations and continents burn.)
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To: Twotone

It’s amazing how many top notch musicians have been self-taught. Maybe instead of preparing them to play well it frees them to play extraordinarily well.


7 posted on 10/05/2020 3:37:08 PM PDT by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan)
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To: Twotone
...John Bonham would power the biggest, most influential, most iconic rock band in history.

The last I heard, the drummer for the Beatles was Ringo Starr not John Bonham. (Ducking for cover.)

8 posted on 10/05/2020 3:38:10 PM PDT by KevinB (Quite literally, whatever the Left touches it ruins.)
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To: KevinB

Couldn’t agree more!


9 posted on 10/05/2020 3:41:30 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono
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To: KevinB

The Beatles defined POP music. They dabbled a tiny bit into rock, but were mainly a pop band.


10 posted on 10/05/2020 3:45:00 PM PDT by Don W (When blacks riot, neighbourhoods and cities burn. When whites riot, nations and continents burn.)
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To: Twotone
I'm gonna love you
each and every day...

Led Zeppelin I and I and III and IV and Houses of the Holy.... great rock-and-roll. After that ... Well, Physical Graffiti was a disappointment.

11 posted on 10/05/2020 3:46:10 PM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.d)
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To: KevinB

True. But you can’t find the Beatles on the radio anymore.


12 posted on 10/05/2020 3:48:15 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: Rummyfan

Kashmir from PG is the one LZ song I hate.


13 posted on 10/05/2020 3:52:04 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Reverse Wickard v Filburn (1942) - and - ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
But you can’t find the Beatles on the radio anymore.

What is this radio of which you speak? :-)

14 posted on 10/05/2020 3:56:33 PM PDT by KevinB (Quite literally, whatever the Left touches it ruins.)
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To: bigbob

I didn’t realize Bonham was self taught until reading this. This is some seriously sophisticated technique for self taught.


15 posted on 10/05/2020 3:59:07 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: KevinB; Twotone

..John Bonham would power the biggest, most influential, most iconic rock band in history.
The last I heard, the drummer for the Beatles was Ringo Starr not John Bonham. (Ducking for cover.)

Love’em both.
Alan White
Bill Bruford
Phil Collins
Charlie Watts


16 posted on 10/05/2020 4:06:23 PM PDT by redrhino47
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To: redrhino47

For the record, “Kashmir”, rocks !


17 posted on 10/05/2020 4:08:33 PM PDT by redrhino47
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To: Twotone

Get Chicago’s Seventh album, put on the single “Devil’s Sweet”, and then can we throw one more name into the discussion?

Of course, the inside story is that Walter Parazadier wrote that 10-minute tune to feature Danny Seraphine on drums because he was in fact, or may as well have been, the devil in the flesh, right there in all of their lives.

Eventually they would kick him out of the band - I think I heard somewhere that it was with the help of hired security dudes, but that’s never been confirmed.

Mrs. Seraphine did raise a psycho. Don’t ever doubt that he could play, though.

Just listen, and say a prayer for yourself just in case.


18 posted on 10/05/2020 4:08:33 PM PDT by OKSooner (We are not allowed to criticize George Soros or BurnLootMurder.)
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Just listen, and say a prayer for yourself just in case.

I will, thanks.


19 posted on 10/05/2020 4:10:12 PM PDT by redrhino47
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Speaking of Bruford, is there a better album opening than the opening chords of “Yours in No Disgrace” on “The Yes Album”


20 posted on 10/05/2020 4:12:11 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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