Fool in the Rain
|"Fool in the Rain"|
Japanese single picture sleeve
|Single by Led Zeppelin|
|from the album In Through the Out Door|
|Released||7 December 1979(US)|
|Format||7-inch 45 rpm|
|Studio||Polar, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Led Zeppelin singles chronology|
"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.
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. 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. Guitarist Jimmy Page used an MXR Blue Box effect pedal during the solo to produce the octave sound.
Legacy and other renditions
"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.
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; Rick Wakeman for the tribute album Led Box; Michael Cavanaugh, and Mexican rock band Maná, who performed a rendition in Spanish. 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".
Formats and track listings
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 (1980)||Peak position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||21|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100 Singles||31|
|U.S. Record World The Singles Chart||34|
|Canadian RPM Top 100 Chart||12|
|New Zealand Top 50 Singles Chart||44|
Single (Digital download)
|Chart (2007)||Peak position|
|Canadian Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart||69|
- Robert Plant – vocals
- Jimmy Page – electric guitars, 12-string acoustic guitar
- John Paul Jones – bass guitar, piano, marimba(?)
- John Bonham – drums, timbales, agogo bells, whistles, cowbell, maracas, claves
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