Led Zeppelin Icon Reveals Awful Robert Plant Song


Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant discussed his song “Too Loud” on his debut ‘Digging Deep’ podcast, revealing how the vocal performance of the song was described as awful and messages were sent to him by his record label. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

Plant: There are some great tracks and then there were some tracks that were great attempts at being great. So, everybody who steps out into this game – some moments are great, some moments are fantastic and some moments maybe aren’t. Maybe I should do one podcast on all the ones I think incredibly embarrassing.

Co-Host: We can do just one episode of [naming off] the ones that just shouldn’t have been recorded.

Robert Plant: Well, they should have been recorded, it was just recorded by the wrong bloke.

[Plant laughs]

Plant: Yeah, I did a track on Shaken ‘n’ Stirred called Too Loud and I got some of Bette Midler’s girls to help me with some choruses and stuff. I basically was seriously affected by David Byrne.

Co-Host: Amazing artist.

Plant: Yeah, so I wrote this piece called Too Loud and it’s just about the El Topo aspects of our game, you know. It’s very funny, it’s a funny song, it’s supposed to be funny. “It’s in the elevator, you can hear it in the hall, it’s where you didn’t want it and it’s coming through the wall, because it’s too loud.”

Plant: Just very, very, very, funny. So the record label said: “What are we supposed to do with this?”. I said: “Play it and let’s get some reaction.” America, back in those days people used to phone in and said ‘hey, play [that song] again’, I like that.” Calls were very important, that’s a very important aspect of floating a new collection of songs. Sadly though, the calls that came into WXRT in Chicago were: “get that shit off the [air], who is that, what the hell is that?? Who is he trying to be?!”  That was a real great moment for me because they would send me all the responses typed out. I was very proud, I thought that was another great moment, for the man who wouldn’t be king.