1970 Metal: Black Sabbath ‘Paranoid’

1970 metal Black Sabbath Paranoid

Hello and welcome to the Rock n Coasters podcast, I am one of your hosts, Michele Forto. To kick off the new year we are starting something new every week. We are going to talk about the top metal albums of the year and share some cool facts from back in time. Sit back kids, this is going to be a wild ride.

Up first is 1970. Two years before I was born. It is an interesting time in history and music. Did you know, the first Earth Day was celebrated, and on September 18 – American musician Jimi Hendrix died at age 27 from an overdose of sleeping pills. #27club and on October 4 – American singer Janis Joplin died, at age 27, from an overdose of drugs. Also, the ‘blue raspberry’ flavor was created by the makers of ICEEs in 1970 to distinguish raspberry from their popular cherry flavor.


“I told my coach, ‘Jimi Hendrix just died, and I’m quitting the team to become a guitar player’”
– Joe Satriani

Now, let’s get to the music.

1970: Black Sabbath, ‘Paranoid’

‘Black Sabbath’ or ‘Paranoid?’ Don’t make us choose! While Black Sabbath’s haunting debut spurred a new sound in heavy music, they would best themselves in just a few months, cutting ‘Paranoid’ in 1970. The album’s track listing reads like a greatest hits album and this goes beyond the obvious mentions of household “Iron Man, “War Pigs” and the quick strike of “Paranoid.” The minimalist efforts buttressed against sudden heaviness in “Hand of Doom,” the eerie guitar work on “Electric Funeral,” the cosmic “Planet Caravan,” the subtle humor of “Fairies Wear Boots”… Do you really need convincing with this one?

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I am your host, Michele Forto, see you next time.


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