Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused: Jimmy Page acusado de plagio por Jake Holmes.
Muy interesante la entrevista a Page realizada por Musician Magazine, y que ahora rescata Lemon Squeezings, donde ya en 1990 se le plantean a Page diversas preguntas sobre ese posible plagio:
MUSICIAN: I understand “Dazed and Confused” was originally a song by Jake Holmes. Is that true?
PAGE: [Sourly] I don’t know. I don’t know. [Inhaling] I don’t know about all that.
MUSICIAN: Do you remember the process of writing that song?
PAGE: Well, I did that with the Yardbirds originally…. The Yardbirds were such a good band for a guitarist to play in that I came up with a lot of riffs and ideas out of that, and I employed quite a lot of those in the early Zeppelin stuff.
MUSICIAN: But Jake Holmes, a successful jingle writer in New York, claims on his 1967 record that he wrote the original song.
PAGE: Hmm. Well, I don’t know. I don’t know about that. I’d rather not get into it because I don’t know all the circumstances. What’s he got, The riff or whatever? Because Robert wrote some of the lyrics for that on the album. But he was only listening to…we extended it from the one that we were playing with the Yardbirds.
MUSICIAN: Did you bring it into the Yardbirds?
PAGE: No, I think we played it ‘round a sort of melody line or something that Keith [Relf] had. So I don’t know. I haven’t heard Jake Holmes so I don’t know what it’s all about anyway. Usually my riffs are pretty damn original [laughs] What can I say?
Mas adelante, Lemon Squeezings también rescata una entrevista realizada a Mick Wall Holmes en la que de nuevo sale a la palestra el tema de Dazed and Confused:
“If you listen to Jake’s original version of ‘Dazed and Confused,’ it’s the same tune. It’s the same striding bassline. The lyrics to the verses are different, but the title is the same. The arrangement is essentially the same, and the melody [is the same]. And what Jimmy did was appropriate it. … Jimmy took all that and stuck his name down as the songwriter and essentially stole the song. He rewrote the lyrics, so really it should have been music Holmes, lyrics and arrangement Page, but he didn’t do that.
Sea como sea, juzguen ustedes mismos (yo lo tengo claro):
Nota: La foto que ilustra la entrada pertenece a 1968, antes de que en 1969 saliese Led Zeppellin, en una de las primeras interpretaciones de I´m Confused.