Cover vs. Original

No Quarter


TOOLs reinvention of this decent at best Led Zeppelin tune is fantastic. Long, loud, and loaded with the the fantastic sounds you would expect from a band that only releases albulms every 4-6 years. TREMENDOUS!

- Shweetbox@linkswarm.com, LOS ANGELES, United States, 16.02.2006


Tool
2000

vs.

Led Zeppelin
1973

CD-Cover: Tool - Salival 98.4 % 1.6 % CD-Cover: Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Tool 79788 Votes Led Zeppelin

Comments about No Quarter:

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It's sad that the majority of the Zeppelin fans are acting like total dick heads. To know the real answer, all you gotta do is listen to the Tool fans. See our outlook and our opinions. That's all, cause we seem to be the mature and civil ones here in this site.
- Daniel Hurley, Los Angeles, United States, 09.06.2008
Wow. Zeppelin fans seems really put out here. Seems more like a dogmatic reflex grounded in a fanatical belief than legitimate criticism.

I agree with the small majority here: Tool took a marginally good song, applied their own interpretation, modernized it, and made a better song. Instrumentally superior, but lyrically too simplistic, Tool's cover surpasses Led Zeppelin on one level, but sacrifices some of the imagery of the original. As others have pointed out, what the listener is really hearing is the stylistic differences of two different generations. They encompass and inspire different emotions: one angry, brooding, and unforgiving, the other contemplative, subdued, and wistful. Ultimately, I agree with Tool's interpretation of lyric and feeling: it creates a stronger connection, something primal but intelligent, rather than the disconnected and dream-like original.


- Justin, Lexington, United States, 06.06.2008
I made the comment on another Led Zep cover that I thought NO ONE should ever try and cover this band. However, if anyone today could make a decent try it would be Tool. They get my vote for even being remotely capable of a feat of this magnitude.
- Nathan, Durango, United States, 12.05.2008
HOW THE FUCK IS ZEPPELIN LOSING. THIS IS AS BAD AS GOD LOSING POKER TO A THREE YEAR OLD
- sd, fgh, United States, 01.05.2008
Without a doubt, in my opinion, Led Zep's version is better. I used to lay on my floor and listen to "No Quarter" over and over. The ending when Plant screams no quarter, it give me chills everytime. I don't know if it's the offbeat drums, the sick guitar riff, Plant's voice, or the organ (i think) at the beginning. The song is amazing and like nothing I've ever heard. Oh, and Rich Olton, Tool has to compete with the millions of more people living in America who are brain washed into liking Pop music.
- Zaq, Orlando, United States, 06.02.2008
Alright. First off, I'd like to say that I am not a Tool fan. I do not hate them, I'm just not into them, they aren't my style. I am, however, a Led Zeppelin fan.

Now, when I listened to the Tool cover, I was determined to dislike it, because, hey, who the fuck do they think they are, covering Led Zeppelin? But I just can't hate this song. It's great, it's an awesome song, they totally reinvented it. They really respected Led Zeppelin's work while creating something totally new and original. I've got no problems with this song, it's great!

But I still chose Led Zeppelin for several reasons. I didn't really agree with Tools interpretation and changes to the lyrics. Plant's lyrics just rang a little truer for me. I also think that, while the Tool version is original, the Zepp version is just a bit more original and fitting to the song. I mean, let's be honest, it's damn hard to beat Led Zeppelin, but Tool sure did put up a great fight. They're both great songs in their own right.
- Kevin S., Byron, MN, United States, 25.01.2008
Alright. First off, I'd like to say that I am not a Tool fan. I do not hate them, I'm just not into them, they aren't my style. I am, however, a Led Zeppelin fan.

Now, when I listened to the Tool cover, I was determined to dislike it, because, hey, who the fuck do they think they are, covering Led Zeppelin? But I just can't hate this song. It's great, it's an awesome song, they totally reinvented it. They really respected Led Zeppelin's work while creating something totally new and original. I've got no problems with this song, it's great!

But I still chose Led Zeppelin for several reasons. I didn't really agree with Tools interpretation and changes to the lyrics. Plant's lyrics just rang a little truer for me. I also think that, while the Tool version is original, the Zepp version is just a bit more original and fitting to the song. I mean, let's be honest, it's damn hard to beat Led Zeppelin, but Tool sure did put up a great fight. They're both great songs in their own right.
- Kevin S., Byron, MN, United States, 25.01.2008
Ok Ok calm down all!! This is ludicrous.

This discussion should have ended ages ago, and its that Led Zepplins version is the best. Because.... ITS THE FUKIN ORIGINAL!!!!

You cant ever say that a cover is better that the original, because the fact is that the original was written by Zep, so all credit, even Tool's, belongs to them.

Tool are, however, my favourite band. And I think one of the only talented and creative artists left on this shithole of a music scene. But the fact remains that it is a cover. If, for examlpe, Tool and Zepplin each did covers of someones song, then this would be a valid debate, and we could easily delve into discussion on who is the better guitarist etc. But we cant, because, for example, (and this is for all the TWATS continuing this discussion) I cant say I'm better than my Dad at life when he raised me!

GET IT!?!?!?!?!?
- R@X, Leicester, England, 13.11.2007
all you guys should chill the fuck out stop fightin led zep and tool are both amazing bands in their own rights. stop comparing.
you guys who are dissin tool dont know what you are talking about maybe have a listen to em first before you start saying they are stains of piss and whatnot. they right a lot more intricate and complex music than zeppelin ever did. and they have zeppelin to thank for that because without zeppelin rock music wouldnt be the same. so in conclusion. both the bands kick ass and you people should stop being so neglectful of tool. peace
- wilco, melbourne, Australia, 09.10.2007
Neurco u fukin asshole, zepp would be disgraced at bveing compared to such a shitty band. They are in the same league as the beatles and elvis, tool are just a shitty f grade band! Zep have sol 400million albums and hold many musical records, but i suppose thats just all because of the hippe...fukin wanker!
- Rich, London, England, 03.10.2007
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