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 liked 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 riff-makers 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, Album). 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. There's that crossover between the paranoia you get when you're smoking dope and the depression afterwards.
I'd cut Wicked World - Black Sabbath - ;Live At Last; (Cassette 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 the 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 and when we got to "Hand of Doom", that's 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 success by the time the album was released, reaching number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. 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 think 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. His assistant, Roger Brown, was the model. Also shot by Macmillan, it was the band's first appearance on album artwork. The album was issued in the United Kingdom in Octoberwhere its sales were Album) by the success of 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 Wicked World - Black Sabbath - ;Live At Last; (Cassette, "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 Paranoid 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. Black Sabbath. Regent Sound, London IslandLondon. The Great Rock Discography. Edinburgh, Great Britain: Canongate Books. I Am Ozzy. Grand Central Publishing. Birmingham City University U. Channel 4. Black Sabbath was recorded for Fontana Recordsbut prior to release the record company elected to switch the band to another of their labels, Vertigo Recordswhich housed the company's more progressive acts.
Recordsthe album reached number 23 on the Billboard  where it remained for more than a year and sold one million copies. Black Sabbath received generally negative reviews from contemporary critics. Retrospective reviews of Black Sabbath have been positive. In AllMusic, Huey said it was a highly innovative debut album with several classic metal songs, including the title track, which he felt had the "most definitive heavy metal riffs of all time".
Huey was also impressed by how the band's "slowed-down, murky guitar rock bludgeons the listener in an almost hallucinatory fashion, reveling in its own dazed, druggy state of consciousness".
When our first album, the first week, went straight into the charts, the London press went, like, what the hell's going on here? And they've hated us ever since.
InKerrang! Larkin praised the album's "crushing atmosphere of doom", which he described as "intense and relentless". Original North American Warner Bros. Records pressings of Wicked World - Black Sabbath - ;Live At Last; (Cassette Sabbath quote incorrect running times for "Wicked World" and the "Warning" medley andrespectively.
These pressings also credit the album's original songs using the band members' given names: Anthony Iommi, John Osbourne, Terence Butler, and William Ward. Disc two of the Deluxe Editions contains "N. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Wicked World Black Sabbath song. Black Sabbath. Heavy metal blues rock stoner rock . This section needs additional citations for verification.
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