St. Vincent plays spellbinding acoustic cover of Led Zeppelin’s Dancing Days

Singer Annie Clark of St. Vincent performs a solo acoustic set during The Malibu Love Sesh Benefit Concert at Hollywood Palladium on January 13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California
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Last time St. Vincent aka Annie Clark uploaded a cover version, it was Little Wing, and it damn-near broke the internet - and even foreshadowed the unexpected relaunch of Fender’s long-forgotten Lead Series of electric guitars.

Now, the 21st-century’s most avant-garde guitar hero is back with her take on another rock classic: Led Zeppelin’s Dancing Days.

Clark introduces the Instagram clip as a “moderately-played, half-remembered partial-cover” - and true, there’s a chord change or two missing - but the sparse accompaniment makes for a brooding, darker take on the original House of the Holy cut.

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Presumably filmed while in isolation, the video showcases Clark performing on a Stella nylon-string acoustic guitar, most likely produced by department-store brand Harmony in the ’60s.

The marque was made famous(-ish) by one of Clark’s key inspirations, Kurt Cobain, when he told GW that he used a “20-dollar junk shop Stella” on Nirvana’s Polly.

Clark isn’t the only artist to play an unplugged rendition of this particular Led Zep track, either; Dancing Days was frequently performed acoustically by Stone Temple Pilots (opens in new tab) during the mid-’90s.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).