“D’yer Mak’er” (intended to be pronounced in a British non-rhotic accent as ‘Jamaica’, /dʒəˈmeɪkə/) was a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, from their 1973 album “Houses Of The Holy”. This song was meant to imitate reggae and its ‘dub’ derivative emerging from Jamaica in the early 1970s. Its genesis is traced to Led Zeppelin’s rehearsals at Stargroves in 1972, when drummer John Bonham started with a beat similar to 1950s doo-wop, and then twisted it into a slight off-beat tempo, upon which a reggae influence emerged. The distinctive drum sound was created by placing three microphones a good distance away from Bonham’s drums. “D’yer Mak’er” is one of the few Led Zeppelin songs where all four members share the composer credit. The sleeve on the album also gives tribute to Rosie And The Originals, a reference to the doo-wop influence which was evident in the song’s style. This track, as well as another song entitled “The Crunge”, was initially not taken seriously by many listeners, and some critics at the time reserved their harshest criticism for these two tracks. Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has also expressed his distaste for the song, suggesting that it started off as a joke and wasn’t thought through carefully enough. However, “D’yer Mak’er” has gathered critical respect in the years since, and has grown into a Led Zeppelin classic. Upon the album’s release, Robert Plant was keen to issue the track as a single in the United Kingdom. Atlantic Records went so far as to distribute advance promotional copies to DJs (now valuable collectors’ items). While it was released in the U.S., and the single peaked at #20 in December 1973, it was ultimately never released in the U.K. The name of the song is derived from an old joke: “My wife’s gone to the West Indies.” “Jamaica?” (which has a similar pronunciation as “D’you make her?”) “No, she went of her own accord”. The title, which appears nowhere in the lyrics, was chosen because it reflects the reggae flavor of the song. Robert Plant has said that he finds it amusing when fans completely ignore the apostrophes and pronounce it as “Dire Maker”. Led Zeppelin were an English rock band. Formed in 1968 in London, the group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones. With their heavy, guitar-driven blues-rock sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, even though the band’s individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any one music genre. More than thirty years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, Led Zeppelin continue to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence. The band have sold over 300 million albums worldwide, including 111.5 million certified units in the United States, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the second best-selling band of all time in the United States, only behind The Beatles. They have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the U.S., with six reaching the number one spot. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s” and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”. Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described the band as being “as influential in that decade [70s] as The Beatles were in the prior one”. This channel is dedicated to the classic rock hits that have become part of the history of our culture. The incredible AOR tracks that define music from the late 60s, the 70s and the early 80s . . . Classic Rock is here!
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Copyright 1973 Atlantic Records
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This song was featured in the album “Automatic for the people”
02 Try not to breathe
03 The Sidewinder sleeps tonite
04 Everybody Hurts
05 New Orleans instrumental No. 1
06 Sweetness Follows
07 Monty got a raw deal
09 Star me kitten
10 Man on the moon
12 Find the River
I would strongly suggest that you go out and purchase this album as in my humble opinion it is one of their best.
“Dire Wolf” (Garcia/Hunter) — 0:00
“The Race Is On” (Don Rollins) — 3:20
“Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie” (Cotten) — 6:21
“It Must Have Been The Roses” (Hunter) — 12:48
“Dark Hollow” (Traditional rec. Browning) — 19:48
“China Doll” (Garcia/Hunter) — 23:40
“Been All Around This World” (Traditional) — 29:01
“Monkey And The Engineer” (Fuller) — 33:14
“Jack-A-Roe” (Traditional) — 36:08
“Deep Elem Blues” (Traditional) — 40:23
“Cassidy” (Weir/Barlow) — 45:18
“To Lay Me Down” (Garcia/Hunter) — 49:51
“Rosalie McFall” (Monroe) — 58:54
“On The Road Again” (Traditional) — 1:01:48
“Bird Song” (Garcia/Hunter) — 1:05:02
“Ripple” (Garcia/Hunter) — 1:12:37
Jerry Garcia: guitar, vocals
Bob Weir: guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh: bass guitar
Brent Mydland: keyboards, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann: drums
Mickey Hart: drums
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with The Imposters: Steve Nieve – keyboards, Pete Thomas – drums, Davey Faragher – bass, vocals. Featuring Kitten Kuroi, YahZarah, Ace Ono – background vocals. Setlist:
0:00 The Town Where Time Stood Still – video starts at 1:58
4:04 Lipstick Vogue
7:35 On Your Way Down
13:35 The Loved Ones
17:01 intro to Accidents Will Happen
19:16 Accidents Will Happen
23:37 You’ll Never Be A Man
28:32 Tears Before Bedtime
34:07 Moods For Moderns
37:18 Shabby Doll
42:38 Green Shirt
46:58 Human Hands
49:42 Watching The Detectives
54:46 intro to The Long Honeymoon
56:20 The Long Honeymoon
1:00:56 intro to This House Is Empty Now
1:02:21This House Is Empty Now
1:08:04 intro to Kid About It
1:08:36 Kid About It
1:12:13 Pills And Soap
1:16:25 King Horse
1:20:03 High Fidelity
1:23:05 You Little Fool
1:26:31 Pidgin English
1:37:40 Little Savage
1:42:21 Shot With His Own Gun – with snippet of Boy With A Problem
1:47:33 intro to Almost Blue
1:50:56 Almost Blue
1:54:02 …And In Every Home
1:58:12 Beyond Belief
2:01:30 Man Out Of Time
2:07:30 Town Cryer
2:12:13 Everyday I Write The Book – with band intros
2:19:09 Blood & Hot Sauce
2:24:08 American Mirror
2:31:49 Pump It Up
2:35:27 (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?