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Paranoid is the second studio album by the English rock band Black Sabbath. Paranoid contains several of the band's signature songsincluding " Iron Man ", " War Pigs " and the title trackwhich was the band's only Top 20 hit, reaching number 4 in the UK charts. It is often cited as an influential album in the development of heavy metal music. In an effort to capitalise on the recent UK chart success of their eponymous debut albumBlack Sabbath returned to the studio with producer Rodger Bain in Junejust four months after the album was released.
The album's title track was written as an afterthought. Cadillac - Sweats Hit drummer Bill Ward explains: "We didn't have enough songs for the album, and Tony Iommi just played the guitar lick and that was it.
It took twenty, twenty-five minutes from top to bottom. It was all done in about two hours. Most of the songs on Paranoid evolved during onstage improvisational jams. In the Classic Albums documentary on the making of Paranoidguitarist Tony Iommi recalls that "War Pigs" came from "one of the clubs" with Butler adding, "During the song "Warning" we used to jam that out and that particular night when we were jamming it out Tony just went da-dum!
It looks like a fridge with a knob on. The album's opening track "War Pigs" was originally intended to be called "Walpurgis". That's who the real Satanists are, all these people who are running the banks and the world and trying to get the working class to fight the wars for them. We sent it off to the record company and they said, 'No, we're not going to call it that.
Too Satanic! Then we changed it to 'War Pigs', and Geezer came up with these heavy duty lyrics about death and destruction.
No wonder we never got any chicks at our gigs. Geezer just wasn't interested in your average 'I love you' pop song Geezer also Rat Salad - Black Sabbath - Paranoid to put a lot of topical stuff, like Vietnam references, into our songs. He had his ear to the ground, Geezer did. The song "Iron Man" was originally entitled "Iron Bloke".
Upon hearing Iommi play the main guitar riff for the first time, Osbourne remarked in awe that it sounded "like a big iron bloke walking around". The title was later changed to "Iron Man" as bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler composed the lyrics. Tony Iommi turned out to be one of the greatest heavy rock Rat Salad - Black Sabbath - Paranoid of all time. Whenever we went into the studio we'd challenge him to beat his last riff — and he'd come up with something like 'Iron Man' and blow everyone away.
In the process of returning to the present, he is turned into steel by a magnetic field. His attempts to warn the populace are ignored and mocked. This causes Iron Man to become angry and vengeful, causing the destruction seen in his vision.
In The Last Supper concert film, Iommi remembers that at the time with most bands "it was all the 'flowers in your hair' and we wanted to sing and play about the other side of life.
My father worked nights, my mother worked days, we had no money, we never had a car, we very rarely went on holiday And suddenly, you know, we hear about 'If you're going to San Francisco be sure to wear a flower in your hair'. And we're thinking, contemptuously 'What the fuck is San Francisco? Where is this? What's all this flower shit? I've got no shoes on my feet. Bob Dylan had long since faded from the present memory and there was nobody talkin' about the things that I wanted to talk about — political stuff — so that's what inspired me.
InButler told Mojo magazine that the song "Paranoid" was "about depression, because I didn't really know the difference between depression and paranoia.
It's a drug thing; when you're smoking a joint you get totally paranoid about people, you can't relate to people. Rat Salad - Black Sabbath - Paranoid that crossover between the paranoia you get when you're smoking dope and the depression afterwards.
I'd cut my arms, stick pins through my fingers, that kind of thing. I used to get really depressed and it was the only thing that could bring me out of it. If Sabbath hadn't made it, I'd have been long dead. I'd have killed myself. They were our favorite band by that time. Iommi admitted that the band had doubts about the mellow number, telling Classic Albums"It was almost one of those 'Should we do this? So it was about floating through the universe with your loved one, instead of 'Let's go down to the pub and have some chips', or whatever Just taking a spaceship out into the stars and having the ultimate romantic weekend.
There was no programs telling you that Rat Salad - Black Sabbath - Paranoid US troops in Vietnam, to get through that horrible war, were like fixing up and all this kinda thing. It just stuck in me head Rat Salad - Black Sabbath - Paranoid when we got to "Hand of Doom", Avis Song - Avi Avital, Omer Avital - Avital Meets Avital what I wrote it about. According to Butler, Ward's drum solo "Rat Salad" resulted from the band having to play eight and three quarter hour spots a night in Europe early in their career.
Paranoid was originally titled War Pigsbut the record company allegedly changed it out of fear of a backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War. Ozzy Osbourne states in I Am Ozzy that the name change had nothing to do with the Vietnam War, and was entirely due to the record company deciding the album would be easier to sell if it was named after the single, which had already had significant Rat Salad - Black Sabbath - Paranoid by the time the album was released, reaching number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.
It was too late, however, to alter the artwork. Joe Smith, who was executive vice-president at Warner Bros. I knew we weren't going to call it 'War Pigs'. I remember playing it and turning the sound way up and shaking the whole building I said 'I Look Back In Anger - David Bowie - Slinky Secrets that's the breakthrough album.
I don't understand it but that 'Paranoid' sounds like a great title for an album and a great title for a single. The original UK vinyl release was in a gatefold sleeve featuring a black-and-white photo of the band, posed outdoors on a grassy hill, and was their first appearance on album artwork.
To spread the original picture over the gatefold, Ozzy Osbourne was separated from the other members of the band and a section of the grass was copied and dropped into the gap. The album was issued in the United Kingdom in Octoberwhere its sales were enhanced by the success Le Yachting - Erik Satie, Werner Bärtschi - Ausgewählte Klavierstücke / Pièces Choisies Pour Piano the "Paranoid" single.
Paranoid reached No. In a retrospective review, AllMusic 's Steve Huey cited Paranoid as "one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time", which "defined the sound and style of heavy metal more than any other record in rock history".
However, he did note that the band does take musical heaviness to "undreamt-of extremes". The album is currently ranked at No. Paranoid 's chart success allowed the band to tour the US for the first time in Octoberwhich spawned the release of the album's second single " Iron Man ". Although it failed to reach the top 40, "Iron Man" remains one of Black Sabbath's most popular songs, as well as the band's highest charting US single. It's hypnotic and terrifying and has a seductive groove.
The song explodes into a twisted landscape made physical through sound. It's the sound of a vengeful God. It's the sound of a beast crushing everything in its path. In the early s, an American nurse committed suicide and the Paranoid album was found on her turntable. That was the way it felt, so that was the way we played. But it got out of hand. With Blank Generation - Various - CBGB (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) in England, for instance.
There was a girl found dead — a nurse she was: dead in her room with our album on the turntable going round. And it was taken to court saying that it was because of the album that she was depressed and killed herself, which was totally ridiculous, I think. In a interview with The New Music Butler claimed, "If the moral majority don't understand it they'll try to put it down, or get other people to read all sorts of things into it The moral majority sort of people picked up on the Satanic part of it.
I mean, most of it was about stopping wars and that side of it, and some science fiction stuff. There wasn't that much Satanic stuff, and what there was it wasn't exactly for the devil or anything like that; it was just around at the time and we just brought it to people's attention. The whole song is against drugs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Rat Salad. For other uses, see Paranoid disambiguation. Black Sabbath. The Great Rock Discography.
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