I kind of group Van Halen, Led Zepellin, and Pink Floyd (and Lynyrd Skynyrd, though to a lesser degree) together, labeling them as 'hard rock', and as being something I'm not only not familiar with with regards to the genre in general, but also concerning those groups. I couldn't tell you a single song those three groups did.
Not only my exploration of different genres in search of previously undiscovered/unappreciated styles, but also the vast popularity and perhaps even influence these three groups have had on music as a whole has fueled my desire to at the least become acquainted with them, if not learn to enjoy their music.
I say all that to say, I am currently in the process of becoming acquainted with them - well, at least two of them. A friend gave me copies of a few CD's, and I've been spinning them the last few days.
Here's what he gave me...
I, II, III, Zoso, Houses of the Holy
I left the Van Halen CD's in the car and have been listening to the Led Zepellin CD's in the house. As it would turn out, I've been in the car much more here lately than at home.
I'm really digging the VH Balance CD! There's some good stuff on there! The first song (The Seventh Seal, I believe) is really good, and I just love the 7th song (Not Enough?)! I popped in 5150 for a while but quickly put Balance back in its place.
As for Led Zepellin, I still haven't gotten past the second song on I, though there's a lot of good acoustic guitar in both of those songs.
So, anyhoo, for some reason I just wanted to say that. Perhaps I'll run across some Pink Floyd (and Lynyrd Skynyrd) stuff here soon.