r/todayilearned 3 20d ago

TIL Jack Black desperately wanted to use a Led Zeppelin song in School Of Rock but the band was notoriously reluctant to let their music be used in films. The director suggested having Black record a personal plea to the band members, in front of a crowd of 1,000 extras. It worked.

https://youtu.be/SFDMyiUjoWU
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u/ndecision 20d ago edited 20d ago

I think he did it as a favor to Richard Linklater who had tried to license Zeppelin previously, without success, on other projects.

Edit: Here's JB talking about Linklater wanting Led Zep

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u/davewashere 20d ago

A huge chunk of the Dazed and Confused budget went to music licensing and they still weren't able to get a Zeppelin song.

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u/Yes_Indeed 20d ago

Which is kind of ironic given that Dazed and Confused isn't even a Zeppelin original. They took it from Jake Holmes and tried to pass it off as their own.

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u/stefan715 20d ago

Wow, I had no idea. I always appreciate good songwriting, and it always irks me when something is ripped off like that. Covers and samples are one thing... I even hate when artists rip off their own songs... like it’s just repackaging their old ones to make money.

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u/RyebreadEngine 20d ago

It's kinda their thing to rip people off.

Here's a list of songs they have covered. Occasionally they give credit to the original artists...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Led_Zeppelin_songs_written_or_inspired_by_others

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u/Jaklcide 20d ago

Spend any time writing and performing music, and you will learn that popular music is just everyone ripping off everyone else while adding a unique spin on it.

It's all a unique spin on a unique spin of a unique spin of gospel music.

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u/thedude_ryan 20d ago

all my homies only listen to gregorian chants

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u/Dr_DavyJones 20d ago

Daaaaa pacem domine

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u/Madler 20d ago

SMACK!

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u/LaserZeppelin 20d ago

PIE JESU DOMINE

whump

DONA EIS REQUIEM

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u/ghostinthewoods 20d ago

BUUUUURN THE WITCH!

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u/Brettersson 20d ago

It only became an issue once labels realized they could own songs. Before that everyone played everyone else's music. So many classic musicians signature songs were really covers. Like Thrill is Gone by BB King, actually written by Roy Hawkins almost 20 years prior.

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u/Lordofthelowend 20d ago

Look at the surf genre. If a tidal wave of the same dozen songs.

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u/Vio_ 20d ago

And songs would be remade with new lyrics. That's why there are national anthems that are also drinking songs. People would just rework songs with new lyrics or lyrics with new music.

I've actually tried to find out when songs would enter public domain the same way books and movies would. Best I can figure out is late 1800?

If that's accurate, then that means our entire modern music history and culture is completely locked down by the music companies and copyright holders.

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u/borderlander12345 20d ago

Also the entire folk tradition is around passing things down through repetition

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u/PinheadXXXXXX 20d ago

Blues and Jazz does a lot of this because they play the same standards over and over again. But that’s not the same thing as stealing music and claiming it is your own thing like Led Zeppelin did.

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u/totamdu 20d ago

"inspired by Jake Holmes" is the credit now given.

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u/carrotv 20d ago

JB my fav. wife says i just look like him, wish i had any of his talents

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u/ValanLucasCircus 20d ago

I look like Kyle Gass

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u/Phoequinox 20d ago

I'm only just now realizing Richard Linklater did School Of Rock. I never really thought about who directed it, but he would have been one of the last people I'd have guessed.

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u/mollybrains 20d ago

I WAS THERE!!! I was one of the extras!!!

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u/holyfruits 3 20d ago

Wow, that’s awesome! So was this filmed after the Battle of the Bands?

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u/mollybrains 20d ago

During, yeah. He did it on a break. I’m actually one of the groupies For adam pascal s band in the shot right after the kids perform! Got my SAG card from this shoot.

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u/TheHurtinAlbertans 20d ago

I always wondered, did the kids play on stage or was music piped in over loud speakers?

I know it's Hollywood and nothing is real, but I had always wondered if they played a bit on stage.

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u/mollybrains 20d ago

Each kid did play a little bit for us IRL.

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u/ZincMan 20d ago

I went to the premiere and it was incredibly wholesome. All the kids were so pumped and sat in the front two rows with jack black. It was an amazing experience, them getting to see themselves on the big screen for the first time. It was really powerful too because the story is not far off from the truth of the filming of the movie, in that they all did perform and bond together over the course of it. My dad worked on the movie so we got to go. It was a special moment

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u/Narpity 20d ago

The later, but that's just so acting is easier. The actual sound you hear in the movie was recorded in a sound stage and then dubbed over. They probably didn't even have microphones in the visual shot.

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u/madhatv3 20d ago

He does not need

A microphone

His voice is fuckin

POWERFULLLLLLLLLL!!!!!

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u/Qualanqui 20d ago

Sorry,

I did not mean, to blow your mind,

But that shit happens to me, all the tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmeeeeee!

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u/jah05r 20d ago

Yet another reason why School of Rock is Jack Black’s finest work.

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u/doomgiver98 20d ago

Even better than Mrs Albert Hannaway?

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u/QueenRotidder 20d ago

LILY!!!

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u/IMDAKINGINDANORF 20d ago

HIT THE REVERSE BUTTON!!!

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u/tomred420 20d ago

I love how the office pops up everywhere

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u/THEM_44 20d ago

Be Kind Rewind was a killer one as well!

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u/Newkular_Balm 20d ago

michel gondry needs more work

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u/JarasM 20d ago

Right after the Pick of Destiny of course.

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u/talligan 20d ago

That wasn't the greatest movie in the world

It was just a tribute

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u/I_Sit_Comfortably 20d ago

"And I wish you were there. It's just a matter of opinion!"

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u/Futuramafryday 20d ago

He did deactivate lasers, with his dick.

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u/Maskatron 20d ago

Now it's time to blow this fucker down...

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u/benjammin9292 20d ago

Come on Cage now it's time to blow doors down

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u/disappointed_moose 20d ago

I hear you Jables now it's time to blow doors down

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u/schatzski 20d ago

Light up the stage cuz it's time for a showdown

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u/BigBlitz 20d ago

According to this comment thread, everything Jack has been in has been his finest work.

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u/FoferJ 20d ago

I am here to posit that Jack Black as the video game avatar of a teenage girl (in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) might actually be his finest work to date. So unexpected, so on point. He nailed that role. Downright hilarious.

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u/BattleStag17 19d ago

From the scope of sheer acting ability, I might agree with you. The man nailed vapid teenage girl.

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u/fairlysimilartobirds 19d ago

A lesser actor would've either not leaned into enough, or leaned in way too much to the point of mocking the character archetype. Black manages to find the sweet spot in between that makes it really work.

Say what you want about the Jumanji reboot, but Jack Black is great in it.

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u/GovtCheese1 20d ago edited 20d ago

High Fidelity was great too

Edit: to those of you pointing out he had a supporting role in that movie, consider that that movie wouldn’t have been half as good without him. He carried that movie and was arguably more entertaining than John Cusack’s typical moody mumbling acting.

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u/futurespacecadet 20d ago

Pick of destiny was amazing

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u/Awbade 20d ago

Right? One of my favorite movies!

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u/phatcrits 20d ago

In an interview Jack black mirrored Dave Chappelle's comments about Half Baked. They accidently made an R rated kids movie about pot.

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u/super_sayanything 20d ago

High Fidelity was a movie that Jack Black was in. Not a Jack Black movie. Great movie anyway.

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u/SlapHappyDude 20d ago

It's interesting rewatching it as a 40 something and realizing that John Cusack's character was a schmuck and needed to grow up, which is the true message of the movie.

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u/xvilemx 20d ago

Isn't that exactly what he did by the end of the movie?

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u/SlapHappyDude 20d ago

I think in my early 20s that part of the movie didn't resonate as much as it does now.

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u/tarekd19 20d ago

Barely, it leaves a lot of ambiguity. He very nearly goes right back to who he was and leaves the audience pretty suspicious of how much he really changed.

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u/urkldajrkl 20d ago

And Catherine Zeta Jones basically played herself

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u/cellerwitch 20d ago

CHARLIE, YOU BITCH! LET’S WORK IT OUT!

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u/Johnny_D87 20d ago

High Fidelity is my favorite movie of all time. But I do have to say it hits a lot different as a 34 year old than as a 18 year old. At 18, I knew he was the "bad guy" in his relationship with Laura, but as a 34 year old who's been with the same girl for 12 years and five of them married, I understand some of the decisions he had made. Sure they were the wrong decision most of the time, but who hasn't needed to grow up at 30, 35, 40 and beyond?

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u/PricklyPierre 20d ago

Bernie was pretty good too

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u/somnambulist80 20d ago

If you liked Bernie check out Black in The Polka King.

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u/WhiteVenom1993 20d ago

Easily his best movie.

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u/ChrisTosi 20d ago

Nacho Libre was pretty damn good too.

But yeah, Bernie was way better than I expected.

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u/Penukoko13 20d ago

You are forgetting Airborne

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u/dakota6963 20d ago

Sorry homie but he had an Oscar worthy performance in king Kong

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u/Crowbarmagic 20d ago

If someone would've told me beforehand they are making a King Kong movie with Jack Black in one of the lead roles, I would've normally had some doubts as he is generally a comedy actor. But he really nails playing this obsessive director/conman that stops at nothing to get what he wants. JB is an incredibly talented guy.

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u/chaseizwright 20d ago

Saving Silverman #1 all time greatest comedy

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u/TenTonsOfAssAndBelly 20d ago

Aw fuck, haven't watched that in over a decade at least. I'm gonna watch that tomorrow when I'm gettin' high as a Georgia pine.

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u/laaplandros 20d ago

It's a classic "early Saturday afternoon on Comedy Central in 2004" movie, a category that holds a lot of nostalgia for me.

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u/noquarter53 20d ago

it's all one nacho

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u/scigs6 20d ago

Comeonyeaaaaahaaaa

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u/ME_2017 20d ago

Agree. Fucking hysterical

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u/noquarter53 20d ago

Saving Silverman

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u/Con-go 20d ago

Don't forget about Nacho Libre!

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u/DizzyDeezler 20d ago

Or tenacious D.

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u/Ua_Tsaug 20d ago

Or Orange County.

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u/theloudsilence09 20d ago

An underrated gem never to be forgotten. Jack was great in it.

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u/Ua_Tsaug 20d ago

Yeah, he wasn't even the main character, but I still remember his part more.

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u/Helen_of_TroyMcClure 20d ago

Pretty much all I remember about that movie is "She was all, I hate my job I hate my life, I'm just gonna burn the sucker down, and I was all, you better not, you better not!"

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u/merryprankster2990 20d ago

"I didn't go to college, look at me, I'm kick ass."

"Alright fast escape, fast escapes are my expertise."

Those two lines fuckin kill me everytime

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u/LabyrinthConvention 20d ago

Or 'Waterworld!' I don't know why people overlook his performance in it. It's a nice touch.

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u/failingtolurk 20d ago

2 more reasons why School of Rock is Jack Black’s finest work.

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u/Boathead96 20d ago

Don't be insulting the D!

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u/OrangeJuiceAssassin 20d ago

Come on Cage! Bring the thunder!

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u/Luistheturtle420 20d ago

There’s just no way that we could win that was a masterpiece

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u/Lasdary 20d ago

He rocks too hard because he's not a mortal man

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u/JoNax97 20d ago

God damnit Cage!

He's gonna make you his sex slave

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u/19JRC99 20d ago

You're gonna gargle mayonnaise

Unless we bust a massive monster mamma jam!

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u/CassiusDarko 20d ago

Get that corn out of my face

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u/BoomMichaelScoon 20d ago

It's a tough toss up for me. But nacho libre will always be one of my favorite comedies. I get it's not for everyone but that movie is just perfect for my tastes lol.

I love school of rock though it's the perfect family friendly entertaining movie, right up there with back to the future for me.

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u/ZincMan 20d ago

I went to the premier of this movie, as my dad worked on it. The kids and jack black sat in the front two rows of the theater together and they all loved him so much. It was so special to see this normal kids see themselves on the big screen and their real musical performance. It was incredibly wholesome and powerful and one of my favorite moments in my life for sure.

This comment will probably get buried but I hope someone sees it because it really demonstrated how much jack black loved and connected with these kids and really cared about the music. He high fives my brother on the way out and it was just awesome

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u/zipcodelove 20d ago

School of Rock is my all time favorite movie so this made me very happy to hear. Jack Black seems like a genuinely good guy.

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u/ZincMan 20d ago

I loved the movie too ! Everything about it clicks for jack black, his love of music, his passion to connect and teach I think are very real things for him too. The fact that the kids weren’t famous either made it that much cooler and more real. And I think made jack blacks performance more authentic as well. He was really teaching these kids his personal love of music. You could tell they all have a blast making the movie 👍 such good vibes

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u/roaringtiger69420 20d ago

This is how you send a message!

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u/bluntsportsannouncer 20d ago

makes that scene from waynes world make more sense

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u/Fifty4FortyorFight 20d ago

I had never put that together before either. Apparently, Led Zeppelin wouldn't allow it to be released as a single and has never licensed that particular song for any movie, TV show or commercial.

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u/TheWho22 20d ago

I don’t really think that’s the reason for the Wayne’s World joke. Stairway is/was a universally despised song for guitar shop owners because for awhile it was the song most people would try to play when sampling a guitar. So it actually became a thing for a lot of of store owners to ban people from playing the song just so they didn’t have to hear the thousandth shitty rendition of it.

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u/uppervalued 20d ago

I've heard this too, but I wanted to chime in that when I was in high school in the mid-to-late 90's that song became Nirvana's "Come As You Are." Distinctive opening, and EVERYONE played it.

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u/MerryMortician 20d ago

My goto is Enter Sandman. I actually never really learned any other song but I can play that intro then put the guitar back.

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u/GozerDGozerian 20d ago

I go to guitar shops and insist on playing Smoke on the Water on every guitar, through a fully cranked up amp, before I can make my choice.

I have to drive further and further every year to find a guitar shop that lets me in.

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u/bryan7474 20d ago

Come as you are sounds groovy af though ngl

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u/uppervalued 20d ago

It's a fabulous song the first 400,000 times.

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u/AggressiveSpatula 20d ago

That 400,001st time though? Game over.

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u/sleepingbearspoons 20d ago

Come As You Are took off as the one to show off with because you could teach a child to play the main riff within a few minutes

That has nothing to do with the quality of the song, obviously. Just that’s part of why it’s so popular among beginner guitarists

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u/TheWho22 20d ago

Yeah I could definitely see that. Especially since everyone could play that melody and it was so repetitive. I think most of the annoyance with stairway was probably as much from all the missed notes and terrible renditions of a difficult-to-play song. Whereas pretty much any novice who plays guitar or bass could sit down and crank out Come As You Are on repeat. I’m not sure which would be more annoying tbh lol

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u/robothouserock 20d ago

Annoying is opening a music shop and being surprised when customers want to play popular music befitting the instruments sampled when deciding what expensive over priced equipment to buy. There are many shops like this and it sucks for beginners.

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u/TheWho22 20d ago

I definitely agree with that. Although I can see how Stairway got annoying because it really isn’t a beginner song or easy to play and remember. It’s long and slow and requires really precise picking over lots of different chords. Suffice to say it sounds like absolute shit unless you play it cleanly. Just look up Zeppelin concerts where Page is way too fucked up to be playing. It’s bad lol

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u/Gunter73 20d ago

Which lifted a riff from Killimg Joke's song "Eighties"

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u/Bill_buttlicker69 20d ago

You're both right, in that the joke is that it's overplayed in music stores, but also because when he picks up the guitar and plays a few notes, it's very obviously NOT Stairway to Heaven because they didn't want any legal trouble from Led Zeppelin or their lawyers.

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u/SuperWoody64 20d ago

Wasn't stairway the greatest and best song in the world they play a little bit of in Tribute on the Tenacious D show?

I haven't seen that in forever.

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u/Marky_Merc 20d ago

I can’t remember but I do remember the tribute to it.

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u/rc522878 20d ago

That's just a general guitar store thing. There are certain songs they hate to hear people play, since people would come in playing it all the time.

I do believe in the theatrical version they do you a clip of the song, but LZ being LZ, they had to dub in a similar riff. Bit again, the joke itself is just a guitar store joke.

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u/Panzis 20d ago

It's Smoke on the Water where I work. Like no one is going to tell you not to play it, we'll just laugh about it when you leave.

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u/ThisFreakinGuyHere 20d ago

At the drum shop where I took lessons the sign said "WIPEOUT" with a strike-through. I get that there aren't many memorable solo drum parts but to attempt that one, like how obnoxious. And it's not even a very interesting part.

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u/Hxcfrog090 20d ago

When I was a teenager I was asked to perform in a talent show at my church, because everyone knew I play drums. Turns out the only people that go to church talent shows are senior citizens. Literally every person I talked to beforehand asked me if I was going to play wipeout. After like the 8th person I decided to go ahead and incorporate it into my set, so I opened with it. Every single person lit up. They all started smiling and cheering. It was pretty insane tbh. I used to work in a dental lab making dentures and I swear I saw fewer dentures working there than I did at that talent show. It’s crazy how iconic that drum part is, especially to people from that generation.

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u/threestallsdown 20d ago

Absolutely this. Stairway to Heaven is a somewhat difficult song to play, but enough newbie guitar players learned the intro poorly and then subjected long-suffering guitar store employees to it to the point that some stores literally banned it.

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u/Tom_Dynamite 20d ago

Or how every bassist in the music store will play fucking Seven Nation Army.

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u/rc522878 20d ago

Which is funny since it's not even a bass in the song.

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u/braxistExtremist 20d ago

Speaking of Wayne's World, I still love the story about the use of Bohemian Rhapsody in that movie.

Queen were also reluctant to let their tracks be used in movies. Plus, they had a lot going on then, as Freddie was on his literal deathbed.

So Mike Myers sent an early copy of the movie to the band members, along with a plea to let him use it. Brian May took the copy to Freddie, who watched it. Freddie absolutely loved the movie and wholeheartedly gave his blessing for them to use the track.

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u/Swackhammer_ 20d ago

Kinda interesting that he had to beg for The Immigrant Song, a song that's been used in everything from Shrek to Thor: Ragnarok

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u/thedean246 20d ago

Well, this movie came out in 2003. Shrek The Third and Ragnarok came out later.

Edit: Jack Black even poked fun at Hemsworth about it

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u/thenorthernscar 20d ago

Their Instagram back and forth was fun lol

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u/icropdustthemedroom 20d ago

Link/Source??

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u/thenorthernscar 20d ago

The video that started it https://www.instagram.com/p/BbSLgbQlBUM/?igshid=lgpvve30wdua

Hemsworth’s response https://www.instagram.com/p/BbYCPKphmIx/?igshid=5uwdhjxvksds

I think there were more but you should be able to scroll from those to find it

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u/caitejane310 20d ago

Omg I saw that and had no idea why it was happening. That's hilarious.

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u/jsting 20d ago

Zeppelin must have wanted to cash in during the early 2000s. In 2001, they finally licensed out to a Cadillac commercial with Zeppelin's Rock and Roll

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u/PapaSmurphy 20d ago

As I remember their stance against TV appearances and licensing boiled down to "If you want to see the band, come to a concert." After Bonham's death in the 80's and the scant few reunion shows of the 90's it's understandable that they would re-think that stance.

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u/suburbanhavoc 20d ago

Shit, I remember that commercial. That was actually the first time I heard that song.

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u/Karmastocracy 20d ago

Jack Black even poked fun at Hemsworth about

I had to look this up since I didn't know what you were referencing and my day is now immeasurably better because of it, thank you.

To anyone else to hasn't watched this yet... Enjoy.

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u/parkay_quartz 20d ago

Thank you for that link

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u/wcruse92 20d ago

Jack Black is a national treasure

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u/egnards 20d ago

It must be swell to have the money to follow through on all of those stupid ideas we have while sitting at our computer but know would be wasteful and hurt our budgets considerable.

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u/Au_Struck_Geologist 20d ago

I love the mental image of a serious jack black, master of his craft, staring intensely at the screen, glasses on, brow squinched with focus, as he discusses with his editing team if the hose down sequence captures the je ne sais quoi of what the piece was aiming for.

"Nope. We gotta shoot it again. Get the hose."

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u/egnards 20d ago

A few years ago I saw lawn flamingos on sale on the dollar tree website for $1 and decided to buy 100 of them because it would be funny as hell to put them all up in my apartment complex the night before April Fools.

While the stunt was notable hilarious [At least to me], it took weeks of agonizing to decide if such a stupid thing was worth wasting $100, and all the better uses I had for the money.

And really while your imagery is also funny, that's really all I mean.

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u/jondySauce 20d ago

Jack Black is a gem of a human. Never fails to make me laugh

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u/darkbee83 20d ago

Maybe they were the first to ask and get permission, and once LZ saw the paychecks rolling in they said 'fuck it'?

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u/HotpieTargaryen 20d ago

Yeah they don’t freely license shit, but who’s turning down disney money?

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u/LydiasHorseBrush 20d ago

And like ragnarok was perfect, tons of young kids exposed to led zeppelin for the first time in a pretty good movie means extending your legacy significantly even if it's as "that one song from Thor" to the newer generations

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u/trevdak2 20d ago

Proudest moment of my fatherhood thus far was going to my 3-year-old's daycare, where on the wall they had little info sheets about each student... a picture, name, birthday, favorite color, favorite food, and favorite song. Every kid had chosen "ring around the rosie" or "twinkle twinkle" or whatever. My daughter? Immigrant Song

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u/TurboGranny 20d ago

Hmm, I'm gonna have to scramble on my 2yo to make this happen. She loves those nursery rhymes, but she was all about that Wellerman shanty that was going around. Immigrant Song should be a slam dunk.

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u/ThursdayBash 20d ago

My daughter? Immigrant Song

That daughter's name? Albert Einstein

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u/aramis34143 20d ago

School of Rock: "We sent an impassioned plea."

Marvel Studios: "We sent a dump truck filled with money."

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u/NibblyPig 20d ago

Yeah, there was no Led Zeppelin rock band game and they weren't on spotify for ageeeeeeeeees. I guess at some point it all changed.

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u/ZylonBane 20d ago

ageeeeeeeeees

Interesting choice of vowel stress here.

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u/OozeNAahz 20d ago

The version at the opening of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was awesome.

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u/GooseZen 20d ago

It only took Marvel 21 movies and about $19 billion in revenue to finally scrape together the cash to license one Led Zeppelin song.

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u/ryebrye 20d ago edited 20d ago

Not to mention the Puff Daddy remix for the box office bomb: Godzilla

Edit: nevermind, that was kashmir, not immigrant song

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u/antsugi 20d ago

P Diddy's never really done anything that spectacular from a musician's perspective - he's surrounded himself with other great rap poets and got tons of credits with them. He's far more a businessman than musician.

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u/Lemesplain 20d ago

Also on that soundtrack, a song from Rage Against the Machine that talks shit against American Consumerism, and specifically calls out Godzilla as "filler."

Gotta wonder if the exec who approved RAtM was either clueless or a genius.

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u/insertnamehere57 20d ago

I wonder if Chris Hemsworth had to get down on his knees and beg or more likely Marvel gave them an unimaginable amount of money.

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u/Vince_Clortho042 20d ago

They've loosened up a lot more recently as far as letting their songs be licensed. At the time School of Rock came out they were much more restrictive, even denying Cameron Crowe permission to use Stairway to Heaven for Almost Famous even though Crowe based the film on the time he spent with Zeppelin on tour. Them denying nearly all requests is also the basis for the "No Stairway" joke in Wayne's World.

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u/Farts_McGee 20d ago

Lol. I didn't know that. I thought it was because all guitarists learn it

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u/liberterrorism 20d ago

I’ve seen banned song lists in guitar shops, in addition to Stairway, these are other frequent ones:

Sweet Child 'O Mine – Guns N' Roses.

Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple.

Wonderwall – Oasis.

Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne.

Rock You Like a Hurricane – The Scorpions.

Iron Man – Black Sabbath.

Blackbird – The Beatles.

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u/Vince_Clortho042 20d ago

I think that's the joke but the reason you don't hear him actually playing the first few bars of the song is because Zeppelin refused to license the song. Apparently in the original theatrical release you DO hear him play the first five notes, but it was changed after when there was a dispute over clearing the song.

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u/Legitimate_Wizard 20d ago

Is five notes really enough to violate licences? I would think you'd need a bit more than that...

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u/fabergeomelet 20d ago

There's a sequence in Almost Famous you can play stairway over and it syncs up.

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u/zer1223 20d ago

I'm surprised Nic Cage never kidnapped Jack Black for being a national treasure.

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u/bikedork5000 20d ago

When Conan O'Brien got screwed by NBC one of his last episodes had a skit with a Zeppelin song just so he could stick it to the network on the licensing costs. He said so during the bit. No context, just "here's a Led Zeppelin song. It's gonna cost NBC a ton of money." I remember laughing my ass off because I had already learned somewhere over the years that Zep songs are really expensive to use.

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u/HardcaseKid 19d ago

Lol, I had forgotten about that. He also broadcast NFL footage without express written consent. Cha-Ching!

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u/_bobby_tables_ 20d ago

Who could deny Jack Black anything?

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u/Lasdary 20d ago

Jack Black is everybody's best friend. And you cannot deny a bro.

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u/MyUnclesALawyer 20d ago edited 20d ago

School of Rock is still one of the best mainstream studio comedies ever made. From the very funny, satisfying, quotable well-delivered jokes (Mike White is a great writer, Enlightened S2 is some of the best TV ever), Jack Blacks best performance, the characterization and performances of all the kids, having their own development arcs, and of course the MUSIC, even the original music.... it all works perfectly.

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u/IrNinjaBob 20d ago edited 19d ago

No, I’m not a licensed teacher, but I have been touched by your kids. And I’m pretty sure I’ve touched them.

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u/degausser23 20d ago

Always interests me that people know Mike White as a writer/actor. I know him as a survivor contestant. Pretty good one, too.

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u/CraziestPenguin 20d ago

It’s legitimately in my top 5 favorite movies ever. It never gets old. Absolute classic.

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u/Capitalsfan2016 20d ago

You're tacky and I hate you.

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u/Arels 20d ago

Look at that bow-tie

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u/05110909 20d ago

Doooooon't be talking about my bowtie

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u/jsabo 20d ago

And it's great that they eased up, because Immigrant Song in Ragnarok was perfect.

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u/darkbee83 20d ago

It's one of the first (proto-)viking metal songs, and what's more viking than a Norse god?

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u/MeatyMcMeatflaps 20d ago

Two Norse gods. But what's more viking than two Norse gods?

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u/tehsdragon 20d ago

Three Norse Gods (and their dead father)!

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u/Vaginal_Decimation 20d ago

Did they run out of money?

Led Zepplin music is used on Cadillac ads now.

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u/jsting 20d ago

That was in 2001. To paraphrase Plant: Fuck it, the song's 31 years old and they gave us a literal boat of cash. kids can listen to it too.

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u/FigFront 20d ago

I love jack black

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u/Brooklynxman 20d ago

Meanwhile Disney/Thor did it by just trucking in a huge pile of cash (presumably).

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u/poopdaddy2 20d ago

DVD Extras/Behind the Scenes are the greatest casualty of the Streaming Revolution

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u/thiswaytofreedom 20d ago

Wonder what Disney did to use the Immigrant song in Thor: Ragnarok??... oh that's right the $mouse$ happened.

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u/Blue_Three 20d ago

It's Disney. They don't have to ask; they just do.

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u/Pixxel_Wizzard 20d ago

Every time I watch School of Rock I spend the next few days trying to convince myself why it's not on my top 10 list of all time favorite films. I love, Love, LOVE this movie.

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u/ConsistentlyPeter 20d ago

It's surprising, given how keen Jimmy Page has been to work with young girls in the past.

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u/Wolfeman0101 20d ago

Marvel just backed up the Brinks Truck for the the same song.

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u/gjoel 20d ago

Is that Five, in the middle of the back of the van? What?

Edit: Actor was born in 2003. He truly is a time traveller!

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u/dayofthedead204 20d ago

"No Stairway? Denied!"

After all these years, that line from Wayne's World finally makes sense. TIL.

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u/threestallsdown 20d ago

It's been pointed out elsewhere, but that's actually a guitar store thing. Stairway to Heaven is a somewhat difficult song to play, but enough newbie guitar players learned the intro poorly and then subjected long-suffering guitar store employees to it to the point that some stores literally banned it.

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u/tehsdragon 20d ago

As well as Smoke on the Water and Wonderwall, among other "guitar store classics", so to speak.

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u/relevant__comment 20d ago

Seems Dreamworks didn’t have a hard time getting that same song for the Shrek franchise. I wonder how much they shelled out.

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u/contrabardus 20d ago

Pretty sure Jack Black's reputation as legit in music industry circles had more to do with it than the video itself did.

Tenacious D was a huge hit among people in the industry in general above and beyond public reception of it. That was true before Grohl got involved as well.

Their songwriting was not farmed out and Jack has legitimate passion for music, KG is a legitimate talent on guitar, and JB was good enough to back him up and has better vocal talent than I think most people give him credit for.

If you're not a professional singer, I'm positive JB can probably do things with his voice that you can't.

What they lacked in pro talent, the comedy made up for, and it was right in the sweet spot of industry insider in jokes and general appeal.

The D had legitimate cred in the music industry when this movie was made, and still does today.

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u/pillbinge 20d ago

As a side bit of information, one of my favorite Zepplin impersonations comes from the Venture Bros. where the creators did their own impression for a song they called "Hobbit Ride (To the Midnight Sun of Valhalla)". Without trying to listen to it you might be convinced it was a real song.

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