Five Million* (Tortelvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong) Review By Darren Ressler, 1991
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you might think that Dread Zeppelin’s second album would find this band locked in the heat of a career-long ass kiss. But that’s not the case, as these guys know when a good joke is wearing thin. Dread Zeppelin stands out from a lot of other humor bands in that this band plays exceptionally well, especially as heard on Jah Paul Jo’s and Carl Jah’s multigenre guitars. Given that the band’s singer, the bloated, sweaty Elvis impersonator Tortelvis, leads the rest of the band, who look like a bunch of Jamaicans too stoned to find their way to the beach, 5,000,000* guarantees to again bring a smirk to the gloomiest of Guses.
Where the band’s debut, Un-Led-ED, covered classic Zeppelin tracks like “Whole Lotta Love”, “Black Dog”, and “Immigrant Song”, it’s only fitting that we now receive Dread Zeppelin-ized versions of “Misty Mountain Hop” and the Yardbirds’ “The Train Kept A-Rollin’”. Finally, they’ve broken the mother lode by bastardizing the sacred “Stairway to Heaven” – an impeccable abomination. Even more to the band’s credit are rocking originals such as “Do the Claw” and “Big Ol’ Gold Belt’, which prove that Dread Zeppelin is much more than a traveling side show.