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The Echoing Din of Emptiness

Dr. Spin meets an empty mailbox.

by Dr. Spin
September 9, 2002

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The Echoing Din of Emptiness_Dr. Spin-Dr. Spin meets an empty mailbox. Perhaps it was a bit of arrogance; perhaps I thought the plague that sometimes affects Dear Jon would never happen to me. Alas, I find at the due date of my column with no letters. I too, have become the victim of an empty mailbox.

Was it the bragging that I had several columns ready-made? Or have you, the public grown tired of me? Surely I could not have answered all your musical questions. Maybe you all really wanted to know why I think Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is overrated. Whatever the case, I once again have to improvise my column.

As I threatened in my last non-letter column, I will explain why Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is on of the most, if not THE most overrated songs in the history of Rock.

Now don’t get me wrong, “Stairway to Heaven” is a good song, perhaps a great song, but it is not the be-all and end-all of Rock. Every time a radio station does the Top 500 songs of all time, “Stairway to Heaven” is either number 1 or 2.

Pul-lease! It’s not even my favorite Led Zeppelin song! “Oh, but it’s sooo dramatic! Listen how it starts of soft and wistful, and then builds to a powerful hard-rocking end!” Yeah, so do a lot of Yes songs, but they ain’t number one or two ALL THE TIME!

And while we’re on the subject, let’s end all that stupid crap about “satanic messages” being backward-masked in this song. Even if it were true, everyone now owns CDs, and you can’t play them backwards, so any “message” is now lost thanks to the advance of technology! Give it a rest!

Well, now that I got that off my chest, let me conclude by saying that I am starting a new periodical column, tentatively called “Spotlight On:” Spotlight On will look at older records, and perhaps some new ones. It is an opportunity to highlight some of my favorite albums, and hopefully introduce new listeners to some “lost” gems. First up, the Kinks’ 1967 album, Something Else.

And, unless I get more letters, it may be my only column; so please, write me today!

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