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The Who vs. Led Zeppelin....which one do you prefer?

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Initial post: Aug 9, 2011, 7:35:15 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
1. Both had drummers who would redefine how the instrument was played.

2. Both had legendary guitarist who were two of the greatest songwriters of their generation.

3. Both had bass players who are not given the praise they deserve & yet were an important part of what made both bands great.

4. Both had, what many considered, the quintessential "Rock and Roll" type singer.

5. Both were truly two great Rock and Roll Bands that gave the music world some of it's best & most influential songs.

So who would you give the overall edge to?

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 7:51:32 AM PDT
Both were great bands. Both had a lot of similarities. Both had a fantastic drummer that died much too young. I liked both, but I probably liked the Who a little more. While Daltrey was a great singer, not being a songwriter, he was left singing songs about being a repressed little boy much too often. Plant, on the other hand, always maintained the stature of "macho stud" for the band. No repressed little boy songs from the Zep! But, as I said, I like 'em both!

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 7:59:54 AM PDT
Keith Moon gets a slight nod as the more interesting drummer. Jimmy Page was the more eclectic guitarist. Both had some outrageously silly lyrics. I think the Who were deliberately chasing after female buyers of singles...Zeppelin male buyers of albums. FM radio has kind of ruined the best Who songs for me with constant overexposure (like Eagles, CCR, Skynyrd), while many of my favorite Zeppelin songs never made it on "classic rock" stations.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:02:38 AM PDT
Exile says:
The Who..Zeppelin just never did it for me...

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:06:37 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
The F'n Oo'

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:08:44 AM PDT
KOP ESF says:
Always liked The Who better.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:14:48 AM PDT
While I am a fan of both bands, I can sum it up in one statement: When Sirius radio gave Zeppelin a 24/7 station for a month a year or two ago I was more excited to listen daily than I was for any Who album.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:20:55 AM PDT
Gino says:
Much bigger fan of the Who, but I heard them first. What follows, in my ear, sometimes also trails.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:23:20 AM PDT
MC says:
Probably Zepp while I'm listening to them, and maybe the Who when they're playing. Very hard for me to compare individual players, as they had such different styles and did different things for their respective bands; but Daltry was and still is a great interpreter of lyrics, while Plant takes a more free form almost scat style....

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 9:05:49 AM PDT
Spikor says:
The Who.

Jimmy Page, the greatest theif of American Black Music.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 9:11:34 AM PDT
Music Lover says:
Probably two of the most talented 4 piece bands in the history of rock-strong at every position. almost all members are universally recognized for their prowess(with the exception of the criminally underrated John Paul Jones). with most other things being equal it comes down to Page over Townshend for me.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 11:19:36 AM PDT
K. Carter says:
Zeppelin...the Stones just never did it for me...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011, 11:26:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2011, 11:30:18 AM PDT
club 7 says:
the who for being far more original.
jimmy page stole the led zeppelin sound concept from the jeff beck group and ripped off many blues artists etc...
oh and roger daltry also never had a tendency to sound like a woman having multiple orgasms.
instrumental wise jimmy page is the only member in zeppelin superior to a who member.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 11:33:27 AM PDT
bass boy says:
The Who.

I love Zeppelin but The Who were more original. Sure, The Who's first record had a couple R&B covers, but after that, they really came out of left field with their own sound. Rock opera, the first use of synthesizers on a major rock record ("Who's Next"), the wildly aggressive playing, the incredibly introspective writing of Townshend (and, to a lesser degree, John Entwistle) - no one sounded like them in the 1960s and no one has since. I love Zep, but I never understood those who said Zep were more for guys, and The Who were for girls. ????? Actually, I've never heard that EVER until reading the earlier post. Come on, Plant is/was great, but his "Oooooooos" and "Ohhhhhhhs" in falsetto were more girlie than Daltrey's howl. Ha! Just kiddin'. Both bands are still great. But The Who is No. 1 for me.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 12:02:20 PM PDT
P. Cross says:
Zeppelin, the best period....

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 12:24:06 PM PDT
Walter Five says:
Hard to say; You've got to figure the last two years of The Yardbirds into the Led Zeppelin, as so much of Zeppelin's sound (and a good bit of its material) came from the post-Jeff Beck Yardbirds.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 1:48:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2011, 1:52:06 PM PDT
B. Derschau says:
When I was in elementary and junior high, it was Zepp or nothing. I compared all others to Zepp. When I got to college, I learned my brother in law was a huge who fan. Not that he had any influence on me, I started taping his records and seriously Jamming out! It was like an awakening. Now, 20 some years later, I'll still rock out to the who (be it on the radio, vinyl, cassette, cd). But more often than not, I'll change stations when Zepp comes on, Yawn. Bored. Dont give a hoot about all the wizardry and mystical british crap. The who is in your face, rock and roll heaven. Zepp is for kids. ...tho, JPJones should must be recognized as the tits in Zepp

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011, 1:51:29 PM PDT
The Zep

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 6:56:56 PM PDT
Led Zeppelin and its not even close. Im a hard rock/metal fan and the who is just too poppy for me. No edge to their music. Zep would have more of a fight against Deep Purple or Black Sabbath.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:40:07 PM PDT
B-Jak says:
The Who was certainly the more original and creative of the two. I find myself listening to Zep more.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 8:49:36 PM PDT
mr. critic,

i like your take on the role of radio in the long term as a definer and ruiner of both of these bands legacys. I agree for such truly great artists they have been simplified.

The Who's first record and early singles are so gooood !!! Same with Zepps first just great. And neither were repeated. Like so much in music.

Singer - tied
songswriting - tied
bass - Estwhistle
Drum - Moon
Guitar - tie (this one deserves expanation. Both low down feeling players with sophisticated tastes. And execution simple and all their own, unforgettable. If John Lee Hooker was a British sixties player he might be Townsend or Page. I know Page is more musical but at the same time very simple and perfect. Both bands depend on these guys. Focused, creative, and lowdown perfect.)

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 10:11:48 PM PDT
RaZoR says:
Zeppelin. Lead guitarists should prefer girls to rough boys.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2011, 10:13:01 PM PDT
Exile says:
Are you trying to get my attention, Carter? LOL

Posted on Aug 9, 2011, 11:11:06 PM PDT
Hinch says:
As far as whole albums, I like Zeppelin's 4th and HOUSES OF THE HOLY. The other albums have some songs I like, although the first 3 had a lot of rip-offs from blues artists. I prefer the songs and albums from 4 on.

The only Who album I like a lot is WHO'S NEXT, but The Who have more individual songs I like.

I've never seen either band live, but from the concert films I've seen. The Who were a better live band.

Bonham and Moon were both great drummers.
Page was probably a better guitar player than Townsend.
Bass players don't make much difference to me, unless it's someone very unique like McCartney or Chris Squire.
I like Daltrey as a singer better than Plant, especially judging from the live films I've seen.

Better songs? The Who!

Zep's songs haven't aged very well for me, but The Who's songs sound as good as when they were new, so I pick The Who as the winner.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011, 3:33:36 AM PDT
K. Carter says:
Just a little inside joke there, 5:15. Glad to see you're paying attention.

Probably didn't add to the discussion, though ;o)
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