The classic rock band, Led Zepplin vocalist Robert Plant reflected on ‘the internal dynamics of the band’ and revealed if there were any cliques within the band during the latest episode of the “Broken Record” podcast hosted by Rick Rubin.
Robert Plant revealed John Paul Jones ignored his lyrics
He spoke about the hilarious encounters with bandmate John Paul Jones, who would tease Plant by ignoring the lyrics he wrote for the songs.
“It was very funny, and [it’s] still funny now, with John Paul. Because he used to say to me: ‘Well, you know, seems like a good melody on that track.’ I said: ‘What do you think about the second verse? Of the lyrics?’ He said: ‘Oh, no, sorry, I don’t listen to the lyrics.’ That was another brandishing of the war – the tomahawk, right? Okay. “So I wrote a couple of songs about him, shrouded in some other character… I said: ‘Perhaps you may need to listen to this, John.’ So funny, you know. “
Plant also reminisced about the trips to remote locations which he shared with Jimmy Page and how they helped them in coming up with tracks like “Kashmir”. He recalled traveling a lot back in the day and used the destinations to be his inspiration for the songs he wrote.
He further revealed how he got more time to savor the places he visited and pen down the lyrics for his songs. Here is what he said:
“But Jimmy and I had this pastoral thing that we traveled back from places through – we had adventures in Thailand and India, and Jimmy went on to Egypt. I spent so much time in Morocco and, and got him to come down there in ’72. We traveled a lot, just off the beaten track. And we got pretty close to some times when we were very lucky to get out of some of these places. Or we found ourselves in the wrong parts of nearly every city we went to, intentionally, quite often.
But it gave us more savor, for what we were writing and thinking and feeling. I mean, there wouldn’t be a Kashmir without us traveling down to the pre-Sahara, in Morocco, or whatever. But then again, Jones’s contribution to Kashmir was strong. And he never went [traveling].”