That’s a harsh view to voice Peedy Pre lockdown we put Paper Plane on our set list. It’s as driving a rocker as you’ll come across and it went down well at every gig. Speaking as a Briton where Quo is revered as opposed to in countries where they never made a splash, I’m constantly surprised when doing a top line Google Search or a look on a Spotify playlist at how many hits they produced that I as a non fan know, never mind the album tracks that were equally as good but were never released as singles. They kicked off Live Aid with John Fogarty’s Rockin All Over The World, a song most people think they wrote due to the success they made of it. That alone cements their place and even though the line ups have changed and Rick Parfitt sadly passed away I defy any audience not to smile and start bouncing when that song, Down Down, Caroline, Roll Over Lay Down, Whatever you want etc strikes up.
Man, I coulda been a lot harsher. Kindergarten lyrics. The same guitar riffs used OVER and OVER again etc. I confess that my takeaway after listening to their highest charters was: THIS band was huge in the UK?!? Seems like they just use the same Chuck Berry formula in EVERY SONG. Just listen to the Down Down video. Berry shoulda sued their asses.
Of course Led Zeppelin never did reach the same kind of rock god status back home that they did in the states.
To each their own. And before anyone goes batshit crazy on me . . . one word: skiffle.
Edit - Wow wow wow. Just checked the charts for Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love. Top 5 all over the world in 1969. Didn’t even make the charts in the UK . . . so, yeah. Edit II - see next two posts.
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