Led Zeppelin Allows Song To Be Used In 'School Of Rock'

By | September 9, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Led Zeppelin has agreed to let one of their songs be used in the soundtrack for the upcoming film School Of Rock-but only because its star, Jack Black, asked personally. According to the studio, Black-who makes music with the comical rock act Tenacious D-stepped in after School Of Rock director Richard Linklater was unable to get permission to use “Immigrant Song.” Black reportedly sent a humorous videotaped request for the song to the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who subsequently gave their approval. The School Of Rock soundtrack comes out September 30, while the film opens October 3.

Led Zeppelin is not the only classic band on the School Of Rock soundtrack. The 17-track set also features songs from the Who, the Doors, Cream, Stevie Nicks, the Ramones, and T. Rex. The album also features a rendition of AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll)” performed by Black and the film’s child actors.

The soundtrack also resurrects a cover of the Stooges’ “T.V. Eye” which was recorded for the 1998 Velvet Goldmine soundtrack by Wylde Rattz. The lineup of that all-star band included Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, Gumball’s Don Fleming, and ex-Minutemen/fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, who’s currently working with the Stooges.

School Of Rock stars Black as a musician who becomes a substitute school teacher after being kicked out of his group and winds up teaching his students how to be a band.

The full School Of Rock soundtrack includes: “School Of Rock,” Jack Black and students; “Your Head, Your Mind, Your Brain…” (film dialogue excerpt); “Substitute,” the Who; “Fight,” No Vacancy; “Touch Me,” the Doors; “I Pledge Allegiance To The Band…” (film dialogue excerpt); “Sunshine Of Your Love,” Cream; “Immigrant Song,” Led Zeppelin; “Set You Free,” the Black Keys; “Edge Of Seventeen,” Stevie Nicks; “Heal Me, I’m Heartsick,” No Vacancy; “Growing On Me,” the Darkness; “Ballroom Of Mars,” T. Rex; “Those Who Can’t Do…” (film dialogue excerpt); “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg),” the Ramones; “T.V. Eye,” Wylde Rattz; and “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll),” Jack Black and students.