Hot Dog

In Through The Out Door, 1979

Classic Rock - - Led Zeppelin -

Zep­pelin never hid their love of vin­tage rock’n’roll, al­though they rarely made it as ob­vi­ous as on this frothy In Through The Out Door track.

Al­legedly writ­ten about Texan groupie Au­drey Hamil­ton – hence its coun­try twang – it was a mo­ment of play­ful­ness at a point when the Zep­pelin unit was be­gin­ning to frac­ture. With Jimmy Page and John Bon­ham neck-deep in dark habits, it was left to Robert Plant and John

Paul Jones to pick up the slack dur­ing the al­bum ses­sions at ABBA’s Po­lar Stu­dios in Stock­holm. “Robert and I were get­ting a bit closer, and prob­a­bly split­ting from the other two,” said

Jones. “We were al­ways to be found over a pint some­where, think­ing: ‘What are we do­ing?’”

Iron­i­cally, Hot Dog was the sole Page-Plant credit on the record. It might not have matched the mu­sic they’d writ­ten dur­ing their im­pe­rial phase, it at least showed that the bond wasn’t com­pletely bro­ken. Years later, Page looked back on it with a de­gree of fond­ness: “Hot Dog was just a bit of fun.” Char­i­ta­ble, per­haps, but also ac­cu­rate. De

‘Hot Dog was a mo­ment of play­ful­ness at a point when the Zep­pelin unit was be­gin­ning to frac­ture.’

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