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Album: Physical GraffitiReleased: 1975Charted:
The lyrics were based on Robert Johnson's 1936 "Terraplane Blues
." A Terraplane is a classic car, and the song uses car parts as metaphors for sex: "pump your gas," "rev all night," etc.
This evolved out of a jam session. It became a concert favorite and a popular song on rock radio. When Led Zeppelin played it live, they would often jam on it, extending it with guitar and keyboard solos.
Regarding the innovative guitar sound on this track, Jimmy Page told Guitar Player magazine: "It's sort of backwards echo and wah-wah. I don't know how responsible I was for new sounds because there were so many good things happening around that point, around the release of the first Zeppelin album, like Hendrix and Clapton."
This is one of Robert Plant's favorite Zeppelin songs. He sang it on his 1988 Now and Zen tour.
Led Zeppelin performed this at Carmen Plant's 21st birthday party in 1989 with Jason Bonham on drums. Carmen is Robert's daughter.
The "Talkin 'bout love" part was most likely nicked from the song "Love" by Curtis Knight and Jimi Hendix.
Led Zeppelin did not release any singles in the UK until 1997 when "Whole Lotta Love
" was released 18 years after it was written. There were several pressings made of "Trampled Underfoot," but they were all shelved before being released, and are, today, viewed as highly collectable.
At Earls Court in 1975, Robert Plant introduced the song like this: "If you like the motor cars and the parts of the human body, then sometimes... you can get trrrrrampled under foot!"
"Trampled Underfoot" was probably named after the bassline being a repetitive boom, played with a Moog pedal.