When Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused (1993) hit theaters, it didn’t take a lot to get the reference to the traditional Led Zeppelin music. In spite of everything, the movie came about at a highschool in 1976, and the soundtrack featured traditional songs by Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Bob Dylan.
Naturally, the primary characters who smoked weed and worshipped the day’s rock bands could be Zep followers. At one level, you hear Slater (Rory Cochrane) explicitly reference John Bonham’s drum solo on “Moby Dick.” (Slater notes how Bonzo “couldn’t deal with” a one-hour solo “on robust acid.”)
However Dazed and Confused by no means does “get the Led out.” How might there be such a lapse? Effectively, on this case you don’t want to look far for the reply, given Led Zeppelin’s reluctance to license its music within the many years following the group’s 1980 demise.
Richard Linklater tried however did not get Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’ for the ‘Dazed and Confused’ movie
Given the title Linklater selected for his movie, you may suppose he had the Zeppelin monitor of the identical identify in thoughts for the soundtrack. Apparently, that wasn’t the case. As an alternative, the director needed to make use of “Rock and Roll” from Led Zeppelin IV (1971).
He didn’t get his want. Talking with The Daily Beast in 2013, Linklater acknowledged it was tough to take care of the band within the early ’90s. On the time, the group simply wasn’t licensing its music. “They notoriously weren’t letting their songs in films,” Linklater mentioned.
Certainly, Zeppelin appeared to maintain a lid on its music till the tip of the ’90s. That’s when you possibly can hear “Rock and Roll” performed within the background of an episode of The Sopranos. The Zep additionally let Cameron Crowe use songs for Virtually Well-known (2000) across the flip of the century.
However the band’s three surviving members weren’t so hospitable to administrators within the ’80s and ’90s. As Linklater identified, it went past defending the music. Round that interval, you wouldn’t discover Jimmy Web page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones on the identical web page too typically.
Linklater thought the connection between Zep band members made it more durable to license its songs within the ’90s
The Led Zeppelin coverage towards licensing music ought to clarify why Linklater couldn’t get a Zep monitor into Dazed and Confused. However the director thought the connection between band members may need performed a component in it as nicely.
“I feel in ’92, ’93, they weren’t actually speaking a lot and never getting alongside,” Linklater advised The Day by day Beast in 2013. “It was only a communication-timing factor with them.” That suggestion matches up with accounts of Plant saying no to Linklater’s request whereas Web page mentioned sure.
In Led Zeppelin All of the Songs, the authors additionally wrote that Plant nixed the concept of involvement in Dazed and Confused. By ’94, Web page and Plant no less than had put aside their variations and begun collaborating collectively once more. (That they had beforehand worked together in the ’80s.)
But their relationship with Jones had clearly deteriorated by the mid-’90s. If Zeppelin followers wanted proof of that, they solely needed to witness Zep’s awkward Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in early ’95.