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Please do not listen to Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” in a major key—it is bad

Screenshot: Led Zeppelin - Black Dog in a Major Key

In the canon of YouTube videos guaranteed to make you click, videos of people changing a traditionally minor key song to a major key (or vice versa) are somewhere near the top. This irresistible and fairly simple musical alteration has the potential to transport listeners to an alternate universe where “Mad World” could be the theme to a ’90s sitcom, Metallica’s thrashing Kill Em All sounds more like triumphant pop punk, and the theme to The Pink Panther is lame as hell. But sometimes a key change results in a song so vile that it could be used as a torture device in the basement of a Serbian prison. Such is the case with Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” played in a major key.

The glam-rock-inspired band Blame Candy recently committed this atrocity when they took the blues-soaked Zeppelin classic and moved all its minor thirds up a half-step. The resulting song gives the listener an uneasy sensation that can only be described as the opposite of ASMR. Blame Candy’s YouTube page is peppered with humorous, self-aware videos like “The Most Insane Guitar Chord” and “The Best Warm Up For Drummers,” so they’re clearly in on the joke and understand how bad this cover is. Still, here’s hoping they never inflict something like this on the public ever again.


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