This week's edition of Lost Rock Tracks Of The Week
features radical departures in style from two exceptionally well known acts--though, the latter is a foray into traditional Rock from a 60's dance icon.
You'll not believe your ears.
Led Zeppelin - Hot Dog (1979)
As a 6th grader in the fall of '79, I remember how immensely popular the In Through The Out Door
LP was. Little did we know that it would prove to be the band's last studio LP, as the unfortunate death of drummer John Bonham ultimately ended the band one year later.
While this song didn't receive as much AOR airplay as mainstays All My Love
, Fool In The Rain
or In The Evening
--it still was in heavy rotation for a while. To say that this track is a change-of-pace is putting it mildly. It has a Country/Western feel to it and sounds like something straight out of a hoedown. Thus, it became sort of a cult favorite among Led Zep fans.
Led Zeppelin-Hot Dog - YouTube
Chubby Checker - Harder Than Diamond (1982)
Yes, it is the
Chubby Checker, the one who popularized the Twist dance craze in the '60s. This was his only foray into Mainstream Rock--well, what was considered Mainstream at the time--and IMHO, he didn't embarrass himself at all. I, of course, was surprised to find out, at the time, that it was, in fact, Chubby Checker. I still believe that if the artist had not been, icon that he was/is, associated with a totally different style of music, that this song would have received even more AOR Rock airplay than it did. Even though it obviously was a radical departure in style for Chubby Checker, it certainly wasn't a radical departure from Mainstream Radio Rock at the time.
Chubby Checker - Harder Than Diamond - Friday Live! - YouTube