3/30/17: The Yardbirds Legacy


Last week on the Fuzz Factory, I explored the legacy of the Yardbirds. The Yardbirds are one of the most important rock & roll bands of all time. Many people credit the Yardbirds as the first band to use feedback in their songs. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page all played with the Yardbirds at one time, think about that for a minute.

So most of the second hour was dedicated to the large legacy of the Yardbirds. Here’s the playlist:

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Bulls – All Them Witches

Cat’s Eyes – Popstrangers

Easy Way Down – Snowpony

Can I Run – L7

Grey Spring – Sahara Surfers

One Leg Up – Geezer

X-Ray Visions – Clutch

Firebirds – Clutch

Nothing New To Trash Like You – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

No Love Lost – Joy Division

Give Me The Cure – Fugazi

The Associate – The Jesus Lizard

Planet Of Sound – Pixies

Brianstorm – Arctic Monkeys

Hoochie Coochie – Band Of Skulls

Kiss The Devil – Eagles Of Death Metal

Shake Shake Shake – White Denim

For Your Love – The Yardbirds

Heart Full Of Soul – Chris Isaak

Shapes Of Things – Jeff Beck

White Summer – The Yardbirds

Black Mountain Side – Led Zeppelin

The Train Kept A Rollin’ – Aerosmith

Little Games – Pentagram

I’m A Man – Bo Diddley

Drinking Muddy Water – North Mississippi Allstars

Smile On Me – The Yardbirds 

Shapes Of Things To Come – Gary Moore

A Certain Girl – Warren Zevon

Over Under Sideways Down – The Yardbirds



The Led Zeppelin List


This article ranking all of Led Zeppelin’s songs from worst to best has gotten a lot of attention Perhaps you’ve seen it. It’s not a bad article (http://www.vulture.com/2015/07/all-74-led-zeppelin-songs-ranked.html?_ga=1.193424622.2106476627.1437092159).

I love Led Zeppelin, but even more important, I love lists! Therefore I had to take the time to compile my own ranking of their songs. Keeping with the criteria of the article I excluded Coda, and all subsequent releases (including the limited amount of unreleased tracks that have popped up since their breakup in 1980.

First and foremost, Led Zeppelin were an album band. They didn’t edit their songs, they didn’t release singles for pop radio. Therefore a quick ranking of their albums (minus Coda) would be an appropriate beginning.

8. In Through The Out Door
7. Presence
6. I
5. II
4. III
3. IV
2. Houses Of The Holy
1. Physical Graffiti

Now the songs…

74. Moby Dick
73. Hot Dog
72. Candy Store Rock
71. Hots On For Nowhere
70. Gallows Pole
69. D’yer Mak’er
68. South Bound Suarez
67. Hats Off To Roy Harper
66. I Can’t Quit You Baby
65. Carouselambra
64. You Shook Me
63. The Battle Of Evermore
62. The Crunge
61. Black Mountain Side
60. Tea For One
59. Down By The Seaside
58. Your Time Is Gonna Come
57. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
56. Black Country Woman
55. Bron-Yr-Aur
54. Royal Orleans
53. The Wanton Song
52. The Lemon Song
51. Thank You
50. Boogie With Stu
49. Night Flight
48. The Rain Song
47. Rock And Roll
46. Since I’ve Been Loving You
45. Achilles Last Stand
44. Four Sticks
43. All My Love
42. In My Time Of Dying
41. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)
40. Out On The Tiles
39. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
38. Sick Again
37. Dazed And Confused
36. Dancing Days
35. Trampled Under Foot
34. Friends
33. Whole Lotta Love
32. Black Dog
31. Fool In The Rain
30. For Your Life
29. Custard Pie
28. I’m Gonna Crawl
27. The Ocean 
26. In The Evening
25. Bring It On Home
24. Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
23. No Quarter
22. Going To California
21. That’s The Way
20. Houses Of The Holy
19. Communication Breakdown
18. Tangerine
17. Ramble On
16. Stairway To Heaven
15. Kashmir
14. Misty Mountain Hop
13. The Rover
12. Celebration Day
11. Heartbreaker
10. In The Light
9. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
8. How Many More Times
7. The Song Remains The Same
6. What Is And What Should Never Be
5. When The Levee Breaks
4. Ten Years Gone
3. Immigrant Song
2. Good Times, Bad Times
1. Over The Hills And Far Away