Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Burning Down One Side" by Robert Plant

Song#:  1174
Date:  09/11/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  64
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After drummer John Bonham died, the rest of Led Zeppelin decided they did not want to continue without him and officially disbanded. Plant was the first to attempt a solo career and released his debut album "Pictures At Eleven." This first single did well at Mainstream Rock reaching #3, which prompted the album to peak at #5 and go platinum.

ReduxReview:  This doesn't stray too far from Zeppelin territory. The song sounds great, but it's not necessarily something good for pop radio. It doesn't have an immediately recognizable chorus, which pop radio cherishes. It kind of just rambles on (Zeppelin pun intended). I like the tune, but I don't think it makes a good pop single.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Lending a hand, Phil Collins played drums on this single plus five other tracks on the album. Cozy Powell performed drums on the remaining two tracks.  2) After the Led Zeppelin breakup, Plant seemed at a crossroads of sort not knowing what to do. Initially, he decided to give up music and began the process to become a teacher focusing on the Rudolf Steiner system. But eventually the music lured him back and he began his solo career.


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