Odd Couples: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” vs. AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

So which will it be: a ’70’s rock anthem with pompous, ethereal philosophical meandering or a ’70’s rock anthem with mindless, bombastic drivel?

Yeah, I know you hipsters who disavow any knowledge of the ’70s are snickering and saying, “So which is which?” Laugh if you want, but both Led Zeppelin and AC/DC will still be selling albums long after flavor-of–the-month (insert name here) returns to wherever they came from before the radio gods decided to play their hit into the ground.

For me, I think Zeppelin deserves this one because I’ve actually run this tape backwards, and you really can hear some vaguely threatening mumbo jumbo, unintentional as it may be. AC/DC run backwards sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks starring in Gidget Goes Hawaiian.

Winner: Led Zeppelin by split decision (American Judge scores it Zeppelin 97-94, British Judge scores it Zeppelin 99-94, Aussie Judge scores it AC/DC 99-96).

JC Mosquito

JC Mosquito

JC Mosquito spends most of his day keeping the wolves from the door. When he's not occupied with this pastime, he's interested in all things rock and roll -- which may or may not have died back in the late 1950s, the late 1970s, or the early '90s, depending on who you believe. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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