Out On The Tiles

Album: Led Zeppelin III (1970)
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  • Drummer John Bonham would talk about going "out on the tiles," meaning to bars - the title is a British term for going out on the town. Jimmy Page wrote this song around the phrase. Bonham got a writing credit on the track, along with Page and Robert Plant.
  • In Japan, this was mistakenly placed on the B-side of "Immigrant Song" rather than "Hey, Hey What Can I Do." Those copies are rare collector's items.
  • Explaining the guitar effect on this song, Jimmy Page told Guitar Player magazine in 1977: "That's ambient sound. Getting the distance of the time lag from one end of the room to the other and putting that in as well. The whole idea, the way I see recording, is to try and capture the sound of the room live and the emotion of the whole moment and try to convey that. That's the very essence of it. And so, consequently, you've got to capture as much of the room sound as possible."
  • The beginning of this song was used as the intro to "Black Dog" on Led Zeppelin's live CD How the West was Won.
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Comments: 31

  • Andy from New Providence, NjThe "stop" and "all right" are both Page. The song has a complicated rhythm and Page acts as the verbal conductor to keep the rhythm section in sync with Page's guitar from verse to verse.
  • Thomas from Roswell, NmAgain, another killer riff by Page.
  • Christian from Indianapolis, InOne of the great Zeppelin feel-good songs... why can't blues be happy sometimes?
  • Sam from Concord, OhThe sound is so heavy and dirty and just is driving through the whole thing - I love it. Those voices, the "alright" and "stop," are so brilliant, just random audio snippets for the careful listener to catch. Bitchin' album, on the whole.
  • Zach from Williamsburg, VaMegadeath performed this song
  • David from Libertyville, IlMe too!
  • Joe from Freeport, IlI like when Page (A.K.A. His Most Highest Musical Majesty) says "stop" in one of the begining verses. I'm only 15 and I'm a total Zeppelin scholar. in fact, I'm writing this at school right now!
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiThis was performed live a few times. The bootleg "Live On Blueberry Hill" features an actual live performance of Out On The Tiles.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiTen seconds into the song, Page, or at least, I THINK it's Page, says "All right".
  • Melanie from Seattle, WaBy the way Frank from Ontario... Zeppelin disbanded in 1980.
  • Melanie from Seattle, WaSo cool. Another underrated Zeppelin classic. The "stop" is pretty funny, I hadn't noticed that before.
  • Frank from Brampton, Ontario, CanadaYeah..... this is one of Zeppelin's many awesome tunes! No wonder why they're still together because they still rock just like they did in their hayday!!
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiWith headphones, the "Stop!" is easy to hear. And it's almost certainly Page who says that.
  • Rob from Cardiff, WalesSorry whoever thinks out on the tiles is "British" for going out, out on the tiles is the part of the night when you've got home wrecked, probably hurled into the toilet and then fallen asleep on the BATHROOM tiles.
  • Ben from Cincinnati, Ohhaha its hilarious that page yelled "stop"
    still a good song though.
  • Jp Mcmanus from Calgary, Canadait really sounds like page saying stop, also... it doesn't really matter if it doesn't sound like this "stop" is coming from a different part of the room, think about it....
    they just put his voice more on the left speaker instead of on the right, many bands do this (ie. the beatles, jimi hendrix, to name just a few) to create a psychedelic "swirly" sound, kind of like the leslie speaker, just not as fast. also, it is possible for it to be plant
  • Craig from Springfiel, OrWell, i have listened to this SOOOO many times because and I have realized two things. One... I heard the one i think you guys are talking about, the one at 1:23, but actually there is one at about 10 seconds which is even more audible I think. That one, though, is right when Page stops and it is slightly overlapped by Plant so the 1st one is obviously not him. The second one I think is Plant. I really don't know, but I think the 1st one is Page 'reminding' himself to stop or whatever, and the 2nd is Plant.. but who knows
  • Cody from Pittsburgh, PaJohn bonham was actually the one that came up with the melody of this song , he walked in one day humming it and then page played it , ( according to jason bonham on the show supergroup)
  • A.j. from Tpledo, OhI agree with Elaine, there's no way it's Plant. If you listen to the song on headphones, the voice definitely comes from a different part of the room, and there's no way Plant could come back to singing that quickly. I'd say it's Page more than the others, but I could be wrong.
  • Elaine from Spokane, WaOk, after listening to the song about 10 times, I've come to the conclusion that it can't be Plant who says 'stop'. There just isn't enough time in between the point where he briefly stops and starts again. However, it doesn't really sound like Page's voice either...so maybe it's the voice of Jones or Bonham????
  • Chris from Whitesboro, NyOOTT was only played live twice, at the L.A. Forum and in the MSG evening show in 1970. I suspect that they dropped it from the setlist and used only the riff because Plant screwed up the lyrics and sang the same verse twice in both concerts...
  • Danny from Sydney, AustraliaI'm tired of people whining about Plants voice, he has one of the, if not greatest rock voices ever. This song rocks so hard. When I first bought Led Zeppelin 3, I listened to this song about 5 times in a row after hearing it the first tim.
  • Matt H. from Niantic, CtThe bass drum control is amazing in this song although its hard to hear'hats of to Bonzo
  • Colin K from Sndy Creek, Ohthe counter rhythm was the precurser to songs like black dog and the ocean...eat your hearts out rolling stones/who fans no one touches zep
  • Frankie from St. Louis, Moits awesome how they use this for the intro to black dog live, but i dont understand why they didnt on the album version
  • Sal from Ny, Nyit was plant, it was obviously plant. but what an amazing song! so true amanda
  • Caitlin from Philadelphia, PaOut On The Tiles is BY FAR one of John Bonham's best. It's also one of my top ten favorite Led Zeppelin songs.
  • Ac from Winnipeg, CanadaAs always, I love it at the end when Plant just lets go and sings whatever he wants.
    Led does it like nobody, nobody, nobody,nobody can.
  • Sam from Nanaimo, CanadaGreat song. On the original master tape for Zeppelin III it is listed as "Bathroom Sound (out on the tiles)". I don't think the "stop" is Page because he needed to remind himself to stop playing, because he doesn't play in that part of the song at all, and there is not an extra break at that point. It also sounds more like Plant's voice to me. I agree with Adrian's learning there.
  • Paulo from New York, NyBlind Melon does a pretty good cover of this on Encomium.
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeI read that it was Plant who yelled "stop" not Page because Page was making faces at him during the recording. In any case, this is the best hard rock song ever! All the parts work beautifully especially Bonzo's drumming. I wish the song was much longer than four minutes. I could listen to the fadeout after the second verse forever!
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