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Would they let Louis Walsh bugger them and make them famous and then be forgotten in like a year?

Black Sabbath are one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They practically invented the heavy metal genre. Ask many bands, particularly those with thrash influence from the 1980s, who inspired them and Black Sabbath will be on the list. Notable examples: Metallica, Megadeath, Anthrax, Slayer, Pantera, Sepultura, or more recently, System of a Down, Black Flag, Sound Garden, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins. Black Sabbath created some amazingly great riffs!

Now, whether you consider this rock or as probably more likely, teenage crap, is irrelevant. Because heavy metal has inspired millions across the world. And for this reason I think it is entirely reasonable to suggest that Black Sabbath had more influence on rock than Led Zeppelin, for example.

The loss of Tony Iommi’s fingertips on his fretting hand made him think of a way to simplify playing chords. As a result, power chords became an integral part of Black Sabbath’s sound. I guess you can call them important because of them getting rid of pop elements and making everything dark and heavy.

Black Sabbath helped create a new genre of music – heavy metal. Just like Nirvana helped create grunge. They are both innovators in their own league.

Plus, don’t forget, unlike The Beatles who relied on producer George Martin to make everything polished, add strings, horns, whatever to their songs, Black Sabbath recorded their first album in one take.

Well, OK, The Beatles recorded their first album in one take as well, but it was shit.

Here is a link to an excellent tribute to The Beatles from someone who was there.

Thanks, Kate, you are my Blog of the Month.


John Lennon: the last day in the life

Black Dogs Defined

This is the best of me; for the rest, I ate, and drank, and slept, loved and hated, like another: my life was as the vapour and is not; but this I saw and knew; this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory.

(John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies)

Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not.

(Alan Sillitoe, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)

This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me.

(Emily Dickinson, This is my letter to the world)

Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand:
Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!

(Edna St. Vincent Millay, Second Fig)

R.A.D. Stainforth

I was born before The Beatles’ first LP and brought up in the reeking slums of Jericho. I am in love with a woman called Hazel and in love with her daughter, also called Hazel, both of whom I met at Alcoholics Anonymous.

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