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Just what every Led Zeppelin fan needs: Stairways to Heaven, Stairways to Hell

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As a long time Led Zeppelin fan, I’m not sure whether I’m amused or appalled by this. Yes, it’s 101 cover versions of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, including a reggae version by Dread Zeppelin. (Actually, I kind of like Dread Zeppelin. I even saw them in concert once in Cleveland back in the early 1990’s. Great show. I mean, come on. How can you resist a Led Zeppelin cover band that’s fronted by an Elvis impersonator? I know I can’t.)

In any case, you can find reggae versions, banjo versions, backward versions, straight versions, symphonic versions, and more. I had no idea that Frank Zappa had done a version, as well, complete with horns, nor did I expect to find a version by Dolly Parton (which actually isn’t as bad as you probably think it is, although it’s not exactly good, either). Heck, there’s even a Gilligan’s Island version. The one thing that seems to be missing (at least I haven’t found it yet) is the infamous disco version from the late 1970’s.

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. Maybe I’ll do both.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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