No, the photo to the left is not of Stephen Malkmus (although the resemblance is quite uncanny, no?) Even today the majority of Zeppelin fans still do not know that the band’s epic “Dazed And Confused,” off their eponymous debut, was in actuality a cover tune. During a U.S. American tour in the late ’60s the Jimmy Page led version of the Yardbirds shared a NYC Greenwich Village gig with the American folk singer Jake Holmes. The band became enamored of the folkie’s dark and mysterious song and re-worked it into their nightly set list, usually closing the show with it showcasing Page’s trademark guitar/bow combination. In a somewhat charlatan move, Page solely credits himself as songwriter on the Zeppelin debut.
While the Zeppelin workup of the song is quite fantastic, the original is quite potent in it’s own right – a very folk-sixties-psychedelic sound. The track can be found on Holmes 1967 debut The Above Ground Sounds of Jake Holmes.
MP3: Jake Holmes :: Dazed And Confused
Amazon: Jake Holmes – The Above Ground Sound of Jake Holmes