The 10 Of The Most Out of This World Led Zeppelin Songs
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Some of the songs coming from Led Zeppelin are uniquely head scratching. Maybe because it is the band’s “testament” to their underrated strange side, but nonetheless, the band creates unpredictable music every single time, and with that, we listed down Led Zeppelin’s 10 weirdest songs. Take a look below.
10. “Hot Dog” (from 1979’s In Through the Out Door)
It might be the all-time sloppiest take for Jimmy Page, who plays with the grace of a man tumbling down a staircase during the intro and solo. “Hot Dog” may be fluff, but it has its charms, notably Robert Plant’s overt Elvis cosplay on the chorus.
9. “Black Dog” (from 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV)
It’s built on one of their weirdest musical foundations, a call-and-response arrangement between Plant’s sexual bravado and a riff. A style that continues to stump the world’s small-town cover bands.
8. “In the Light” (from 1975’s Physical Graffiti)
A song that opens Physical Graffiti’s third side with one of the band’s most mystical moments. The opening section is all atmospheric drones dominated by Jones’ bent-note synthesizers and Plant’s hazy harmonies.
7. “Boogie With Stu” (from 1975’s Physical Graffiti)
It is when they chose to throw on the filler to pad out a double, thus, “Boogie With Stu.” The song itself is beneath them, an obvious boogie-woogie borrowing elements of Ritchie Valens’ “Ooh My Head.” It’s redeemed only by sheer novelty: the odd combo of Ian “Stu” Stewart’s rickety upright piano, Jones’ mandolin and those sloppy percussion sounds.
6. “Four Sticks” (from 1971’s Led Zeppelin IV)
Unlike “Black Dog,” which wrapped its weirdness around an irresistible Plant hook, “Four Sticks” is just plain difficult — and, likely as a result, the most overlooked cut on the band’s fourth LP. The Eastern-tinged song, with its restlessly shifting time signatures, was a challenge to record.
5. “Friends” (from 1970’s Led Zeppelin III)
A song with a bit of folk tune, but legitimately sinister. Described as “bloody loud and he had to leave.” A friend of them also noted that they “really done something evil!'”
4. “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper” (from 1970’s Led Zeppelin III)
The song itself is nothing more than a rattling slide guitar and a hollered vocal drenched in vibrato. Its most notable element is a brief wash of echoing, distorted noise.
3. “The Crunge” (from 1973’s Houses of the Holy)
Everything about this track is a bit goofy, from Jones’ neon-toned synthesizer leads to Plant’s nonsense lyrics (“She’s my lover, baby, and I love her so” — how profound).
2. “Fool in the Rain” (from 1979’s In Through the Out Door)
Page throws in one of his most underrated guitar solos: a slinky little flurry of notes lathered in fuzz and octave effects. The lyrics are extraordinary as well.
1. “Carouselambra” (from 1979’s In Through the Out Door)
Jones’ playing dominates this 10-minute epic, but Page adds plenty of color with his stunning sustained flourishes – created in part by the Gizmotron, a guitar device invented by 10cc members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme.