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Standout Track: No. 7, “Led Zeppelin Says,” which boasts some arena-rock guitar and Page-Plant swagger. But the cock-rock façade cracks when singer-guitarist Joel Maupin laments that he’ll never catch the attention of a heavy-metal hottie: “Who does your hair? Does he do your boyfriend’s, too?/And I’m dreaming a dream that never will come true.”
Musical Motivation: About 10 years ago, Maupin, 45, caught a Led Zeppelin cover band in Augusta, Ga. The music didn’t make much of an impression, but a lady in the front row did. “The thought did go through my mind how unlikely a romance it would be, between a power-pop nerdy guy like me and a woman in spandex and leopard print,” says Maupin. He and his Arlington-based band later fleshed out the idea, writing a song with hard-rock verses, a catchy, melodic chorus, and a bridge borrowed from “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman).” “[The copped riff] makes it kind of a novelty song in a way, but inside there is a kernel of a good pop song,” Maupin says. He also borrowed a Zep lyric: “And if the sun refused to shine/I would still be loving you/Just like Led Zeppelin says.”
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You Alone: Maupin says the track is a crowd favorite, and it will probably make the set list for the band’s record-release show at Iota. But if it catches the attention of any spandex-clad sirens, they’ll have to write a yearning song of their own. “I’m a happily married man,” he says. “I don’t think that me and the Led Zeppelin girl would ever have anything to talk about, anyway.”
Yell County plays Iota Club & Café on Friday, June 6.