Fool in the Rain

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"Fool in the Rain"
Led-Zeppelin-Fool-In-The-Rain-115197.jpg
Japanese single picture sleeve
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album In Through the Out Door
B-side"Hot Dog"
Released7 December 1979 (1979-12-07) (US)
Format7-inch 45 rpm
RecordedNovember–December 1978
StudioPolar, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre
Length6:08
LabelSwan Song
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Candy Store Rock"
(1976)
"Fool in the Rain"
(1979)
"Travelling Riverside Blues"
(1990)
Audio sample

"Fool in the Rain" is the third track on Led Zeppelin's 1979 album In Through the Out Door. It was their final US single before they formally disbanded in 1980. It reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1980.

Overview[edit]

The song exhibits a Latin feel. The main section is in 12/8 meter; this section employs an unusual polyrhythmic groove, with the piano and bass playing six beats per measure and the melody (and parts of the drum kit) playing four beats per measure. The result is that most of the instruments appear to be playing quarter-note triplets against the swing of the melody and drum kit. Drummer John Bonham plays a shuffle beat similar to the "Purdie shuffle" rhythm, along with a samba-style breakdown and hop-skip riff arrangement.[2] A master drum track shows that the samba breakdown (2:25) was recorded separately.

Bassist John Paul Jones and vocalist Robert Plant developed the idea for the samba beat from watching the 1978 FIFA World Cup tournament in Argentina.[2] Guitarist Jimmy Page used an MXR Blue Box effect pedal during the solo to produce the octave sound.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

While In Through The Out Door was not regarded with the same praise as Led Zeppelin's previous albums, "Fool in the Rain" still managed to garner positive reception.[3][4][5][6]

Scott Ludwig, writing for Courier News in 1980, highly praised Bonham's drum playing.[7]

In a retrospective review, Andrew Doscas of PopMatters called it the "standout track", opining it was "the band’s last fun song" and "the only such found on In Through the Out Door".[4]

Legacy and other renditions[edit]

"Fool in the Rain" was never performed live by Led Zeppelin as a band. Robert Plant teamed up with American rock band Pearl Jam in 2005 and performed the song for the Hurricane Katrina benefit in Chicago's House of Blues. Pearl Jam originally did not plan to perform the song, but changed their itinerary after Hurricane Katrina went through New Orleans. All proceeds of the performance went to charities.[8]

Other artists have recorded cover versions of the song, including Vanilla Fudge for their tribute album Out Through the In Door, a band which Led Zeppelin supported and Bonham studied;[9] Rick Wakeman for the tribute album Led Box;[10] Michael Cavanaugh,[11] and Mexican rock band Maná, who performed a rendition in Spanish.[12] When Kokomo Tribune was discussing Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin in 1995, they wrote that it was "perhaps wise" they did not cover the most popular songs, like "Fool in the Rain", and others like "Stairway to Heaven".[13]

Formats and track listings[edit]

1979 7" single edition (U.S./Australia/Canada/New Zealand: Swan Song SS 71003, Ecuador/Uruguay: Atlantic 45-73015, Germany/Holland: Swan Song SS 19421, Japan: Warner Pioneer P-530N, Mexico: Swan Song Gamma G-2269, Spain: Swan Song SS 45-1295)

  • A. "Fool in the Rain" (Jones, Page, Plant) 6:08
  • B. "Hot Dog" (Page, Plant) 3:15

1979 7" single radio edit (U.S.: Swan Song SS 71003 SP, Italy: Swan Song PR 097)

  • A. "Fool in the Rain" (Jones, Page, Plant) 3:20
  • B. "Hot Dog" (Page, Plant) 3:15

Chart history[edit]

Single[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 21
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles[15] 31
U.S. Record World The Singles Chart[16] 34
Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart[17] 12
New Zealand Top 50 Singles Chart[18] 44

Single (Digital download)[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
Canadian Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart[19] 69

Personnel[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Lewis, Dave (2004) The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9
  • Welch, Chris (1998) Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song, ISBN 1-56025-818-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jon Bream (17 September 2010). Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time. Voyageur Press. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-7603-3955-8.
  2. ^ a b Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  3. ^ Richardson, Mark (28 July 2015). "Led Zeppelin: Presence / In Through The Out Door / Coda Album Review". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on 19 January 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Doscas, Andrew (22 September 2015). "Led Zeppelin: In Through the Out Door (Deluxe Edition)". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  5. ^ Reed, Ryan (13 August 2015). "Led Zeppelin: Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda Reissue Reviews". Paste Magazine. Wolfgang's. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^ Marszalek, Julian (28 July 2015). "Led Zeppelin: Presence, In Through The Outdoor, Coda (Reissues)". The Quietus. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Zeppelin's Fury Continues". Courier News. 22 March 1980. p. 25. Retrieved 14 July 2018 – via Newspapers.com. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Fischer, Blair (6 October 2005). "Pearl Jam, Robert Plant Unite Onstage". Rolling Stone. Penske Business Media. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  9. ^ Prato, Greg. "Out Through the In Door - Vanilla Fudge". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Led Box: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute - Various Artists". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  11. ^ "In Color - Michael Cavanaugh". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  12. ^ Valdivia, Victor. "Hace Mucho Calor - Various Artists". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  13. ^ "The Week: For Starters". Kokomo Tribune. 12 March 1995. p. 96. Retrieved 14 July 2018 – via Newspapers.com. (subscription required)
  14. ^ "Hot 100 Singles – 16 February 1980". Billboard. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Singles – 23 February 1980". Cash Box. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Top 40 for 1980 – February 1980". Record World.[dead link]
  17. ^ "RPM Singles Chart – 23 February 1980". RPM. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  18. ^ Scapolo, Dean (2007). "Top 50 Singles – February 1980". The Complete New Zealand Music Charts (1st ed.). Wellington: Transpress. ISBN 978-1-877443-00-8.
  19. ^ "Hot Digital Singles – 1 December 2007". Billboard. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 2009-01-17.

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