From Mark Erickson
Band I was given: Black Sabbath
Are you a fan: Yes I am!
Favorite album: I am torn between Sabotage and Paranoid
Favorite songs: A few of the deeper tracks that I have covered. Hand Of Doom, Fairies Wear Boots, Hole in The Sky to name a few.
Worst album: Any of the DIO albums.
Merch owned: I made my own T-Shirt using the Black Sabbath text from “we sold our soul for rock and roll" and I would love to own a pair Sabbath Vol 4 of the Converse high tops.
Have you seen them in concert? Never got the chance, but I would consider going with the current line of Ozzy, Toni, Geezer with Brad Wilk on drums touring the new latest “13” album produced by Rick Rubin.
How did you discover them? Good friends covering Sweet Leaf and of course learning the Iron Man guitar riff. See my rant below for more details.
More Random thoughts on Black Sabbath
First off I need to thank Baer for asking me to share my thoughts on Black Sabbath, and then apologize for the HUGE delayed response. This should be a good rant and I am so glad he glad he didn’t ask for me to reflect on KISS. That would have brought back some embarrassing moments in my life.
Anyway, as I think about my relationship with Black Sabbath I recall some great things. First off, Tony Iommi is a favorite guitar player of mine and I love the solo production on the records when two solo tracks are layered in stereo panning over each other back and forth. I have yet to uses this technique when recording, but I am sure someday I will reference it. Like a number my favorite bands…my deeper understanding and love for the band with the music of Black Sabbath began when I started learning how to play the songs. Almost 10 years ago Rob Aurand starting introducing me to Black Sabbath on vinyl after our band practices. Sure, I knew a few songs; the Iron Man guitar riff was one of the first power driven rock tunes I learned back in High School. Baer, you Jeff and Josh covered Sweet Leaf as a three piece band and it was a favorite at those keg parties down at the U. Both Paranoid and War Pigs were in heavy rotation on KQRS. Rob, however forced the listing of a whole albums or at least full sides of Vinyl records. Black Sabbath sounds so good on Vinyl! Anyway, our Band at the time PESTER decided to cover Fairies Wear Boots the last song on the b-side of the Paranoid album. We continued to learn others and went on to do Two Halloween Shows with a full Black Sabbath set with our good friends in Dumpster Juice and Guitarzan. The idea was inspired by Dumpster Juice covering War Pigs as a regular closing song and the Uptown Bar crowd just eating it up.
I always thought Black Sabbath had a great Halloween vibe so we decided why not give it a go. Those two shows were super fun! More recently my Primus Tribute Frizzle Fry has played shows with a local Sabbath Tribute. It always makes the show more fun when I enjoy the music of the other bands on the bill. Ok, so now that I have started this rant lets digress a bit… I am not going to talk about Sabbath with DIO. I am just not a fan of DIO. People say “no dude… you need to listen to Heaven And Hell… it rocks!” No I don’t.! I really don’t. DIO took his rainbows, lighting and mountains with him to the grave and I do not need to hear by choice if I chose not to. Please stop trying to get me to give that album a chance… it is not going to happen. OZZY however, I learned to absolutely love? Not sure why? It might be the legendary stories or the scene from The Decline Of The Western Civilization Part II when OZZY is cooking breakfast rambling on about rock and roll. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Sc09GqwKA
I feel like this scene may have been the key reason why MTV decided to give “The Osbournes” a show. May be I am wrong? Anyway, I just love OZZY as a rock icon and in his youth as a member of Black Sabbath he had a way about him. “Is everybody high?”…what a perfect question. Ozzy getting a bit out of hand quickly became legendary. These legendary stories of biting bats and such frightened me as a kid. Black Sabbath was pretty intimidating. I remember one day walking into my older cousins mirror tiled wall, black lit, musty smoker ridden basement bedroom as he was cranking “Children of the Grave”…at the time I was into KISS and he was claiming that KISS was not heavy metal. I didn’t know any better, because I was like 10 years old or something. He was right, he made his point, but at the time I didn’t care. I was never a metal listener, not until later in life. As a 5th and 6th grader I was suckered into the image more then the music. This is why KISS, Def Leppard and AC/DC worked for me. Looking back I don’t regret that I preferred pop rock over Black Sabbath. The band music found me in due time and now influences much of how I feel about music. I could probably go on and on with this rant… but I wont.
Still fascinated by how much a few years effected my life.
Recently a few members of a former band decided to start posting to a FB Band page. I am currently trying to collect and find some content for that page. Go ahead and LIKE facebook.com/manplanetband if you dig this song. I promise more like it will be posted to FB soon. Heres a tease: