Basically, I prefer Jo Van Fleet.
No, but seriously, I had never heard of these guys (let alone had an opinion on them) until two weekends ago when they were on Saturday Night Live, and apparently pissed a lot of people off for being too blatant a Led Zeppelin knockoff.
So then I watched the SNL clips. And my immediate reaction was that they were more like a reasonably talented 1974 Southern bar band with a creepy lead singer than a Zep knockoff.
And yes, that's pretty awful.
But then I watched the second clip...
...and realized that the bass player had a) switched to actual Hammond organ(!) and b) was playing the bass part on the foot pedals, and my respect for the band went through the roof.
And then one of my much younger friends, who has actually seen them in concert and thinks they're awesome, turned me on to this song.
Which, yes, is about as much of a Led Zep homage as you can get, but frankly despite how derivative it is, I can't resist it.
And I don't even particularly like Led Zep.
[h/t Dan Fridman]