|Cool Song of the Week #1 (Mar. 1, 2000)|
|Today we crack open the first can of Cool Song of the Week and take a giant spoonful of "Ozone Baby"!
There are very few Led Zeppelin songs that actually are led by a John Paul Jones performance. Most of those that are ("Trampled Underfoot", "No Quarter", "Carouselambra") are keyboard-based. One of the few songs carried instead by Jones' wonderful bass is this underrated Led Zeppelin song from their final compilation, "CODA" (track 5).
During the verses of the song, JPJ plays it a little safe, just popping and crawling along, but once the chorus comes - he takes off! Since Plant is not trying too hard during the chorus ("Ooh it's my love"), and Page's playing is more rhythmic, it's up to JPJ to add some dynamic to the song. So instead of "following the queue" and adding to the rhythm, he takes advantage and gives the song a melody. And even during the two brief Page guitar solos, JPJ keeps it going. The sound of his bass is also unique to any other Zeppelin song - it's sort of loose and funky.
Left off of "IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR" (probably rightly so), "Ozone Baby" is an energetic little romp. "Wearing and Tearing" is often pointed to as Zep's answer to punk, but this also has a similar energy and feel. "Ozone Baby" is not the most memorable song in the Zeppelin catalog, but the qualities that do make it interesting (the melody and sound of the bass), are all added by JPJ. So confusing title withstanding, it is definately worthy to be the flavor of this week's Cool Song Of The Week Pudding.