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The 40 Greatest Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time

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'Communication Breakdown' (1969)


Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page Robert Plant John Bonham John Paul Jones Backstage
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The down-stroke riff of "Communication Breakdown" comes very close to punk seven years ahead of schedule. The lyrics allude to Eddie Cochran's "Nervous Breakdown," but if the song got its spark from the Fifties, Zep's deranged attack was something brutally new.


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