Hot Dog (song)

'Hot Dog' is a 1979 song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. The song was composed by Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant, and recorded at Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in November 1978, and mixed at Plumpton Studio, East Sussex, in December 1978. It appeared as the fourth track on Led Zeppelin's 1979 album In Through the Out Door, released on 15 August 1979. 'Hot Dog' was also issued as a B-side to the 'Fool in the Rain' promotional single. The song is a country-tinged rockabilly composition which became a live favourite late in Led Zeppelin's career.

Overview

'Hot Dog' originated from out of the 1950s rockabilly jams and country hoedowns the band performed when warming up to perform on tour. Singer Robert Plant was the main instigator behind the song, writing lyrics about a woman in Texas who broke his heart while the band toured North America. The 1977 album Presence showcased Plant's love for 1950s style rock and roll. The song displayed the fun side of the band and was recorded in a party-style atmosphere. Guitarist Jimmy Page used a Fender Telecaster with Parsons B-string Bender to create a twang effect during his solo. Keyboardist John Paul Jones used Polar Studio's Steinway grand piano for the recording. The song is named after a favourite American food, and is also dedicated to Texan company Showco, which provided technical and logistic support for Led Zeppelin while on tour.

Live performances

'Hot Dog' was debuted at the Copenhagen concerts in 1979 and both Knebworth shows. A promotional in-store video was compiled from the filming of the 4 August performance to be used for the upcoming launch of In Through the Out Door. Strangely the song and video was later excluded from the 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD. The song was also performed on the 1980 Over Europe tour where it was well received.

Credits

Musicians:

  • Jimmy Page – electric guitar, producer, remastering, digital remastering
  • Robert Plant – vocals
  • John Paul Jones – Steinway grand piano, bass guitar
  • John Bonham - drums, percussion

Production:

  • Peter Grant – executive producer
  • Leif Mases - engineer, mixing
  • Joe Sidore - original CD mastering engineer (mid-1980s)
  • George Marino - remastered CD engineer (1990)

Bibliography

  • Lewis, Dave (2012) Led Zeppelin: From a Whisper to a Scream. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-78038-547-1 (OCLC 782996334).
  • Welch, Chris (2009) Led Zeppelin: The Stories Behind Every Led Zeppelin Song. London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-286-9 (OCLC 317254118).

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