Houses of the Holy is an album by Led Zeppelin released by Atlantic
Records on March 28, 1973 (see 1973 in music). The album title is a dedication
by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed, "houses of the
holy." "D'yer Mak'er" is a reggae-based tune, and is a play on words from the
joke "My wife's been to the West Indies." "Jamaica?" "No, she went of her own
accord." The song "The Ocean" is also dedicated to the "sea" of fans which came
to Led Zeppelin concerts. The cover photograph was taken at the Giant's
Causeway, Northern Ireland. The psychedelic colours were not actually intended
by Jimmy Page, they were the result of a printing error too late to avert before
the album's release. Page dislikes this cover. Some releases of the album have a
paper outer sleeve hiding the naked children.
Alternate coverThe album cover was inspired by the ending of Arthur C. Clarke's novel, Childhood's End.
In 2004, the industrial metal group Ministry released an album called Houses of the Molé, which seems to be a parody of the title of this album.