There aren’t many parallels one may draw between Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin. Whereas each units of musicians discovered fame within the sixties and dominated their respective fields within the seventies, musically, they’re worlds aside. Marvel’s model of Motown-adjacent funk and disco has seen him grow to be a stalwart for any DJ price his salt whereas Led Zeppelin’s heavy rock sound would go on to outline a era, however they share little kinship exterior of their success tales, or so you’d suppose.
The reality is, Stevie Marvel, shocked the rock and roll world when he turned a significant participant within the pop music scene. It will see him tackle a assist function for The Rolling Stones tour and grow to be one of many few acts of the second that crossed any pre-determined style boundaries. The mercurial minds of Jimmy Web page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones can be equally enamoured by the performer and discover inspiration in certainly one of his most cherished songs, ‘Superstition’.
The observe has grow to be an anthemic second for any get together you’re fortunate sufficient to attend. Irrespective of your age group or social standing, placing Marvel’s ‘Superstition’ on the decks will at all times garner a foot-shuffling, hip-swaying and voice-breaking response from the viewers. It was additionally sufficient to encourage Led Zeppelin tune ‘Trampled Beneath Foot’.
As a lot as we want it to be, it wasn’t the rhythm of Marvel’s tune that might encourage ‘Trampled Beneath Foot’, written by John Paul Jones, however the devices he was utilizing to create the sound. As Jimmy Web page as soon as defined to Rolling Stone whereas talking concerning the Zeppelin album that by no means got here to fruition following the dying of John Bonham: “Properly, yeah, we have been already doing stuff in 1980. We did a tour of Europe.
“I believe the best way to place it’s like this: [1976’s] Presence was a guitar album. After that document, John Paul Jones had acquired a ‘Dream Machine,’ a Yamaha [synthesizer]. Stevie Marvel additionally had one. So it had given him quite a lot of inspiration. He immediately truly wrote entire numbers, which he hadn’t carried out earlier than, and I believed the best way to go along with that is to function John Paul Jones on the keyboard.”
In actual fact, John Paul Jones had been tinkering with the machine as early as 1975 and ‘Trampled Beneath Foot’ is seen because the second all of it started. That includes on Physical Graffiti, Jones has usually cited Marvel because the inspiration behind the tune and the explanation he turned to his clavinet to present the observe its distinctive beat.
Jones defined additional concerning the tune’s origination: “I simply began taking part in ‘Trampled Beneath Foot’ on the clavinet, and [Bonham] got here in with this wonderful stomp that had this nice really feel. He might play in entrance of the beat, and he might play behind it, relying on what was wanted. ‘Trampled Beneath Foot’ had this swagger.”
So whereas it might be true that there few events that Stevie Marvel and Led Zeppelin would crossover kinds musically, it’s clear that after they did, they delivered certainly one of Zeppelin’s most interesting ever efforts.