Wearing and Tearing

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"Wearing and Tearing"
Song by Led Zeppelin
from the album Coda
Released 19 November 1982 (1982-11-19)
Recorded Polar Studios, Stockholm, 21 November 1978
Genre Hard rock
Length 5:31
Label Swan Song
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Producer(s) Jimmy Page

"Wearing and Tearing" is a song by English rock group Led Zeppelin. It is the eighth and final track on their 1982 compilation album, Coda. It was recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden during the In Through the Out Door sessions on 21 November 1978.[1]

Release and performances[edit]

Due to space constraints, "Wearing and Tearing" 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] The group considered releasing it as a special commemorative single in time for their performance at the 1979 Knebworth Festival, but this plan was abandoned because of time constraints.[2] The song was never performed at Led Zeppelin concerts, but Jimmy Page and Robert Plant played it at their Knebworth reunion in 1990.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Led Zeppelin biographer Dave Lewis sees "Wearing and Tearing" as a statement that the group could compete with the punk bands popular at the time.[1] Ted Drozdowsk commented that the song was "Proof that when it came to energy and aggression, punk rockers had nothing on the Zep."[3] In a contemporary review of Coda, Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone described "Wearing and Tearing", along with "Ozone Baby" and "Darlene", are "about as wonderful as hard rock & roll gets."[4]


Cover versions[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d Lewis 2010, eBook.
  2. ^ Lewis 2003, pp. 56, 63.
  3. ^ Drozdowski 2011, p. 1.
  4. ^ Loder, Kurt (20 January 1983). "Coda". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 


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