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Topic: Xanadu or Stairway to Heaven?
Posted By: TexasKing
Subject: Xanadu or Stairway to Heaven?
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 08:08
The song of your choice between these two?



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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 08:12
Both are great, but Xanadu blows Stairway to Heaven away.

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Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 08:16
StH for me has been played out since the heyday of FM radio, and also every year it is the #1 song on every classic rock radio year end list. It became a generic song for me......Ironically I spun LZ IV last weekend and really got into the song for the first time in years.
Clearly it is a masterpiece.......

But I can listen to Xanadu (and have been since the album came out) without issue.

Good poll.


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Posted By: Hercules
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 08:20
Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Both are great, but Xanadu blows Stairway to Heaven away.

Both are great, but Stairway to Heaven blows Xanadu away.


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Posted By: digdug
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 09:16
have to with Stairway

but Xanadu is amazing as well


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Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 09:18
C'mon, man.

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Posted By: HosiannaMantra
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 09:25
Stairway


Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 09:32
I guess Rush.

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Posted By: Manuel
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 09:40
Xanadu, out two excellent songs.


Posted By: omphaloskepsis
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 09:46
Love them both but give me the Stairway to Heaven.   I know it's overplayed but that's not the songs fault.Wink


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 10:42
Xanadu. More exciting music, but of course Stairway will always be a classic.

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Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 12:06
Originally posted by omphaloskepsis omphaloskepsis wrote:

Love them both but give me the Stairway to Heaven.   I know it's overplayed but that's not the songs fault.Wink

Preach, brotha!


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Posted By: The Dark Elf
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 15:28
Stairway. No. Contest.

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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 15:53
An actual vote from me that is not for the Rush song.  As overplayed as Stairway may be, it has still been one of my favorite songs for a long, long time. 


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Posted By: DeadSouls
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 16:02
WTF is Xanadu.


Posted By: Libor10
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 16:48
Compare these two songs is rather strange. They are different beast IMO. No vote here.


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Posted By: Magnum Vaeltaja
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 17:07
Originally posted by DeadSouls DeadSouls wrote:

WTF is Xanadu.

Tom Sawyer 


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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 17:33
Originally posted by DeadSouls DeadSouls wrote:

WTF is Xanadu.


It's the Olivia Newton John/ ELO stitle song of a roller-disco movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb4WLZHXcds" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb4WLZHXcds which Samuel Taylor Coleridge based his poem Kubla Khan on:

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
   Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery...."

Anyway, I voted for "Stairway to Heaven":

"Stairway to Heaven" by Alison Hawthorne Deming


"The queen grows fat beneath my house
while drones infest the walls

reconnaissance to feed her glut,
wood ripped from studs and joists.

I’ll pay to drill the slab and ruin
her pestilential nest. How to find

the song in this day’s summons?
I’ve been accused of darkness

by my inner light. My brother sits
in the chemo chair another long day

of toxic infusion, the house of his body—
bones, brain and balls gone skeltering.

I sit in my parked car listening
to Robert Plant recall how the English

envied the Americans for getting
the blues, getting all of it, into song...."

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Posted By: DeadSouls
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 17:57
Amazing Clap



Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 18:49
Oh my god I think that's the guy from The Warriors


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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 18:54
Well spotted. He was also in the, erm, classic, Megaforce.

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Posted By: Pastmaster
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 20:06
Rush


Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: December 07 2016 at 21:07
I do like Xanadu... but Stairway to Heaven easily.


Posted By: BarryGlibb
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 00:24
I'm going for Olivia's version of Xanadu.......

although Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich's "Legend of Xanadu" kills them all!!!




Posted By: Flight123
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 02:25
Zep's classic is not really prog but still beats Rush's 'effort' hands down (the lyrics sound like they have been written by a 14 year old)


Posted By: hellogoodbye
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 02:43
Never reached heaven with Rush. 


Posted By: Thatfabulousalien
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 02:59
I don't like Rush much at all but Stairway is one of the worst songs I've heard, in my opinion.

Zeppelin have far better songs they deserve to be recognised for but I digress.

For this, I pick rush

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Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 09:22
You gotta' be kidding'.

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Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 09:41
Originally posted by BarryGlibb BarryGlibb wrote:


although Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich's "Legend of Xanadu" kills them all!!!


Now we're talking.
Thanks for posting that, I remember seeing that whip on Top of the Pops (ok, so I'm old).


Posted By: Flight123
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 09:45
Don't worry, I remember it as well!  Zabadak was another favourite!


Posted By: TheLionOfPrague
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 09:52
Stairway to Heaven. Few songs beat it.

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Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 10:16
Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

Never reached heaven with Rush. 

Jacob's Ladder will get you there........


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Posted By: Jeffro
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 10:35
Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

Never reached heaven with Rush. 

Jacob's Ladder will get you there........

Indeed Clap




Posted By: Jeffro
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 10:37
Rush fan here and Xanadu is one of my favorite Rush tunes so that gets my vote.

Stairway is a classic and legendary song, no question at all but definitely overplayed and overexposed. I never need to hear it again.


Posted By: Wanorak
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 11:19
Stairway.

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Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 12:25
Stairway for me...........but then overall I like Zep more than Rush. Xanadu is a bit 'choppy' at times and imho STH flows better throughout the whole piece. Having said that I do like that Rush album.

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Posted By: hellogoodbye
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 16:21
Afficher limage dorigine


Posted By: micky
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 17:22
Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

Afficher limage dorigine


LOLClap


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Posted By: hellogoodbye
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 19:06
I'm not sure it helps Stern Smile


Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 19:38
^ I like it.



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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 20:15
^ I owned that boot once, I even recognize the 'Trademark of Quality' mark.



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Posted By: Mormegil
Date Posted: December 09 2016 at 05:28
Xanadu.
Stairway's awesome (Heart's rendition at Kennedy Center Honors was amazing), but overplayed.


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Posted By: The Bearded Bard
Date Posted: December 09 2016 at 13:25
Stairway.
Originally posted by omphaloskepsis omphaloskepsis wrote:

I know it's overplayed but that's not the songs fault.Wink
Hear, hear.


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Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: December 09 2016 at 15:37
Originally posted by omphaloskepsis omphaloskepsis wrote:


Love them both but give me the Stairway to Heaven.   I know it's overplayed but that's not the songs fault.Wink
It's all Robert Plant's fault!

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Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: December 09 2016 at 15:49
Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

Afficher limage dorigine

Ur missing the bumps on the chest.....


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Posted By: EddieRUKiddingVarese
Date Posted: December 09 2016 at 15:54
shouldnt we do a poll of  Stairway to Heaven vs Taurus 

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Posted By: TheLionOfPrague
Date Posted: December 09 2016 at 17:56
Originally posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese EddieRUKiddingVarese wrote:

shouldnt we do a poll of  Stairway to Heaven vs Taurus 

Haha.

I think Stairway to Heaven vs Bohemian Rhapsody would be a good battle. 


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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: December 09 2016 at 20:47
Originally posted by TheLionOfPrague TheLionOfPrague wrote:

Originally posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese EddieRUKiddingVarese wrote:

shouldnt we do a poll of <span style=": rgb240, 241, 245;"> Stairway to Heaven vs Taurus </span>


Haha.

I think Stairway to Heaven vs Bohemian Rhapsody would be a good battle. 


Yeah, I guess few songs stand a chance against Stairway to Heaven... well, at least as far as classic non-prog songs go. But Bohemian Rhapsody would be one of them.


Posted By: maryes
Date Posted: December 11 2016 at 15:16
Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Both are great, but Xanadu blows Stairway to Heaven away.
 
I agree


Posted By: Terrapin Station
Date Posted: December 12 2016 at 13:36
I love Rush but Led Zeppelin are gods in my book, so "Stairway" got my vote. 

Led Zeppelin are #5 on my favorite artists list.  Rush could be as high as the 30s, but they wouldn't be higher than that (they'd definitely be in my top 100 though).


Posted By: micky
Date Posted: December 12 2016 at 16:14
Originally posted by Dellinger Dellinger wrote:

Originally posted by TheLionOfPrague TheLionOfPrague wrote:

Originally posted by EddieRUKiddingVarese EddieRUKiddingVarese wrote:

shouldnt we do a poll of <span style=": rgb240, 241, 245;"> Stairway to Heaven vs Taurus </span>


Haha.

I think Stairway to Heaven vs Bohemian Rhapsody would be a good battle. 


Yeah, I guess few songs stand a chance against Stairway to Heaven... well, at least as far as classic non-prog songs go. But Bohemian Rhapsody would be one of them.


I keep putting off doing my 3rd leg of my battle polls.. the battle of the prog song one (regardless if by 'prog' bands or not.. but both of those are to be in it.. and likely would meet due to the way I had the brackets set up.


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