Wearing and Tearing

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"Wearing and Tearing"
Song by Led Zeppelin from the album Coda
Released 19 November 1982
Recorded 21 November 1978
Genre Heavy metal, punk rock
Length 5:31
Label Swan Song
Writer Page/Plant
Producer Jimmy Page
Coda track listing
"Bonzo's Montreux"
"Wearing and Tearing"
"Baby Come On Home"

"Wearing and Tearing" is a song by English rock group Led Zeppelin. It is the eighth and final track on their final studio album, Coda. It was recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden during the In Through the Out Door sessions on 21 November 1978.[1]

Due to space constraints it was one of three songs recorded at Polar Studios which were omitted from In Through the Out Door and later released on Coda, the other two being "Ozone Baby" and "Darlene".[1]

"Wearing and Tearing" is one of the band's hardest rockers and was intended as a statement that Led Zeppelin could compete against the popular punk bands of the time.[1] Gibson wrote, "Wearing and Tearing" is the Proof that when it came to energy and aggression, punk rockers had nothing on the Zep."[2] The band considered releasing the song as a special commemorative single in time for their performance at the 1979 Knebworth Festival, but this plan was abandoned because of time constraints.[3]

This song was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts, but Jimmy Page and Robert Plant played it at their Knebworth reunion in 1990.[1]


Cover versions[edit]


  • Lewis, Dave (2004) The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
  • Welch, Chris (1998) Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, ISBN 1-56025-818-7


  1. ^ a b c d Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  2. ^ Ted Drozdowski. Celebration Day: Jimmy Page’s Top 10 Guitar Moments. Gibson.
  3. ^ Dave Lewis (2003), Led Zeppelin: Celebration II: The 'Tight But Loose' Files, London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84449-056-4, p. 56.