Original videos of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm] playing their classic hits are very closely guarded by the band, though occasional videos of live performances find their way onto the web. “Fool in the Rain” however, doesn’t currently have an easily-accessible performance video associated with it, unless you’d like to hear a cover band or some guy trying his hand at the song’s drum licks in his basement. We figured you probably wouldn’t, so after the jump you can catch the original audio, sans live video performance today.
A bittersweet song for some Zep fans, “Fool in the Rain” was the band’s final U.S. single. It appeared on their 1980 album In Through the Out Door. They finished strong though, with the song going all the way to #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was actually inspired at least in part by a soccer tournament. Watching the World Cup in 1978 (which was based in Argentina), Robert Plant and John Paul Jones came up with the idea for a Latin-inspired song, specifically one with a samba beat. The lyrics for most of the song seem to tell a minor tale of woe, about a man stood up by a girl he was supposed to meet on a street corner, only to realize by the end that he is standing on the wrong corner, and is just ‘a fool in the rain.’
And as for that fellow on YouTube playing drum licks in his basement? If he can pull them off, he’s no fool. The Latin rhythms and tricky 12/8 time signature are compounded by a groove that keeps the drummer playing out-of-sync with most of the band, giving it its swinging feel … no mean feet for any drummer to pull off, rock star or otherwise.
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