These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Led Zeppelin
Awesome Music: "Stairway To Heaven" is considered by some to be the greatest rock song of all time. Coincidentally, others (even some who areLed Zeppelin fans) consider it to be the most overrated. Fans would nominate everything the band recorded between 1969-1975, with particular emphasis on IV and Physical Graffiti.
You could throw in Creator Backlash too; Plant reportedly said that he wished the band were remembered more for "Kashmir" than "Stairway".
Covered Up: Who remembers "When the Levee Breaks" by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy? Or "Dazed & Confused" by Jake Holmes? Or every other song they covered/plagiarised bits of?
Critical Dissonance: Although they were wildly popular with rock fans, Led Zeppelin was hated by music critics. Rolling Stone magazine gave negative reviews to every single Led Zeppelin album released during the 1970s except maybe Physical Graffiti (then, strangely, in 2006 they put Led Zeppelin on the cover of the magazine and called them the greatest rock band of all time).
Crowning Moment of Awesome: Those double-kicks you hear on "Good Times Bad Times"? They were done with a single pedal. While not as remarkable now, back in 1969, this was considered amazing, especially considering Bonzo was imitating what was originally done with a double-bass set.
Ending Fatigue: As great as they were in pretty much all other respects, some of their songs suffer from this to a certain degree. "In My Time of Dying" should probably have just ended at the Fake-Out Fade-Out, for example - Robert Plant, while a great vocalist in most other respects, unfortunately is a rather tiresome scat singer.
"When the Levee Breaks" after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and...the levees broke. When the levee broke, the people of New Orleans didn't have any place to stay. The song is actually about the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, as it is a reworking of a Delta blues song from that era, but these days it's hard to associate the image of levees breaking with anything but Hurricane Katrina.
Also, Sandy Denny, who lent some vocals on IV—you know, the one with "Stairway to Heaven" on it?—died a few years later after falling down a flight of stairs.
The Icarusnote It's actually Apollo from a drawing by William Rimmer called "Evening Fall of Day", but Robert Plant has said the band reappropriated the image to be Icarus image used as the logo for the Swan Song label. It was used as the primary promotional art for the 1977 American tour and was featured on the tour program, posters and t-shirts. The tour was plagued with incidents, including rioting, assaults and lawsuits. Also, Jimmy Page's heroin addiction was starting to have an effect on him and his playing, leading to illness and less than inspired playing. It came to a head when Robert Plant's five-year old son Karac died and the tour was cancelled. It took two years for the band to return to the stage and by that time Page's addiction had gotten even worse, Plant was visibly aged by the loss of his son and punk was big enough to make the band look old, tired and pretentious. The 1977 tour was the band's fall from grace, making the Icarus imagery sadly appropriate in hindsight.
The Law of Fan Jackassery: Since the band's heyday is long gone, but the band is still widely well-regarded — the fanbase is pretty much at the peak.
Magnum Opus: While there is much discussion among fans about what the band's best album is (you can usually find a lot of people who will advocate for any of their first seven studio albums), their untitled fourth album seems to be the critical favourite.
"All My Love" is a Grief Song that Robert Plant wrote after his five-year-old son died of a stomach virus.
Can also include: "Stairway To Heaven", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Thank You", "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do", "That's The Way", "The Rain Song", "Tangerine", "Ten Years Gone", "Going To California", "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You", "No Quarter", and "The Battle of Evermore".
The scenes from the Rockumentary film The Song Remains the Same that Robert Plant's children appear in can also bring one to tears — when you watch how happy and playful young Karac is, and realize that his life will come to a tragic end in a couple of years.
Led Zeppelin was initially trashed by music critics, including Rolling Stone. There's also a brutal Melody Maker review of Led Zeppelin III that, for a while, seemed to be something of a Berserk Button for Jimmy Page. Now, of course, both publications have "revisited" those assessments.
On the other hand, Rolling Stone actually praised Physical Graffiti when it came out, calling it "the band's Tommy, Beggar's Banquet and Sgt. Pepper rolled into one."
The press in general was a Berserk Button for John Bonham. He once threw a fit at a journalist who claimed to be a fan.
Zeppelin Is Unheavy: Well, try finding one famous band that doesn't have this sort of thing. In particular John Bonham's drum beats. (Especially "When The Levee Breaks") His influence is so pervasive in modern rock that many younger listeners are legitimately baffled as to what's the big deal about him.
Double Subverted: When Jeff Beck joined The Yardbirds they were known as a heavy band (Beck being one of the first to really use distorted guitars. Just look at this clip from the film Blow Up (which was during the short lived Page/Beck line-up), while never trashing instruments on stage (they did originally want The Who) it's still far from "light".
Geddy Lee saw them in 1969 in an old theater in Toronto. They brought the house down. Literally, bits of the old roof started falling down.