Led zeppelin | “I’m Gonna Crawl”
Album: In Through the Out Door
guitar, producer, songwriter
John Paul Jones
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of hate In Through The Out Door gets from the throngs of hidebound, mentally moribund, Blues purists that apparently find it an unforgivable sin that Led Zeppelin would ever dare to experiment with their sound or grow as a band.
By 1979 Led Zeppelin had been through more than any ten bands usually go through in their career and it was showing in their musical direction.
Jimmy Page was struggling with a terrible heroin addiction and it rendered him incapable of exercising the almost dictatorial control he had exercised over Led Zeppelin’s sound in the earlier stages of their career.
Robert Plant had suffered a string of terrible personal tragedies and was thus incapable of exercising the leadership role like he had during Led Zeppelin’s middle career phase.
Bonzo’s alcoholism was spiraling out of control, and in any case Bonzo had never been the leading type in the band.
This left a real vacuum in Zeppelin’s musical direction. Into the breach stepped virtuoso multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones. In Through The Out Door was very much his album and it shows in the gorgeous experimentation of the music.
From the hard driving synth riffing, drum crashing, guitar chord-slab riffing of the astounding carouselambra, to the abject Blues despair of I’m Gonna Crawl, to the stringed gorgeousness of All My Love, and the South American World Music swing of Fool In The Rain, Out Door is an album recklessly unafraid of taking big chances. Perhaps a harbinger of the directions Led Zeppelin would have taken in the 80’s had Bonzo not died.