Although they didn’t know it, when rock gods Led Zeppelin released the album Physical Graffiti in 1975, they invented a style of music that wasn’t to take off for over five years.
Oh yes. Side two, track two – Trampled Under Foot – has almost all of the hallmarks of the seductive dance music that came out of Chicago in the 1980s and was to take over the world – for a while, anyway.
Trampled Under Foot doesn’t have a conventional verse/chorus structure, but bashes out verse verse verse verse with a relentless repetition, based around a jagged guitar riff. The release of this charging tension comes from an electric piano figure with a lot of the feel of a house breakdown. It doesn’t have a drum machine, of course, but John Bonham’s 4/4, underlying the track with precise brutality, does just fine.
Hairy Melon mix
Well, that’s my theory, anyway, so in tribute to this pioneering track, here’s an entirely unofficial remix of it. I’ve taken out some of the 70s soloing, which sounds a bit self-indulgent now, and laced it with some 21st-century distortion, but it’s essentially the same propulsive tune.
I’d be interested to hear what you think about the mix. And is there an even earlier tune with a claim to be the first house record?