Things that “might have been” and things that “became”… Part II

Starting yesterdays blogpost, I decided to list the top 5 songs that really meant something to me over the years since I was a young boy. Songs I even remember where I was and what I did when I heard them the first time. I decided to do this for the sake of my daughter to read when Im dead so maybe (I wish) she can take care of thoose original vinyl recordings and treat them with the respect they deserve and know the reason why she should.

This is for you honey – Dad

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (Spotify link)
I was about 10 years old and up until this moment I had only some experience of Jimi Hendrix. I learned to play the guitar and I knew there was something about hard rock that just stuck a nerve in me. Hendrix was nice, but I knew there had to be more out there, heavier, harder… I just got my first record player (Yes honey, we played Vinyl records and there was no Internet streaming – dad)

I had almost no records of my own so whenever I visited my father I “raided” he’s record collection. He was probably too drunk to ever notice I did… I came home with “Beatles” “Hendrix”, “Cream”, “Robin Trower”, “The Hombres” etc. (All original Vinyl, still out in the garage honey. Ask your older sister and she’ll know where to look – Dad)

One time I came home with a very dark and mysterious record.
I think I picked it because it looked scary and I knew my mother (your grandma – Dad) would absolutely hate it. When I played it all I heard at first was the sound of rain, thunder and a lonely church bell. The ambiance of something really scary – remember I was only 10 years old.

And then the whole band kicks off with this bombastic intro… Oh my god, I had never before heard a guitar sound so dark and heavy. I was totally blown away by it.

I still suspect this was some kind of anxiety attack
Seconds later the mourning sound of Ozzy screaming in agony; “What is this that stands before me?”. The air in my room got nonexistent. I almost fainted. I still suspect this was some kind of anxiety attack because I actually passed out on the floor.

The sound and the darkness of it, so different from anything I had ever experienced before. The whole album is one of the best hard rock albums ever made and it marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new darker time ahead (in many different ways). Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom, and later on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album has been categorized as the first major album to be credited with the development of the heavy metal genre. I personally have to disagree, you can find out why in my next post on sunday 🙂

As a 10 year old boy it was the beginning a of a life long journey, and from that day I knew I had sold my soul to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Rock ‘n’ roll and humor

There can be nothing more tragic when a a rock ‘n’ roll band takes themself dead serious..

That’s not the case with the American hard rock band from Boston, Massachusetts – The Upper Crust
Their major music influence is Bon Scott-era AC/DC, alongside glam rock band Kiss, and fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap.

Rolling Stone has stated that “Dismiss Boston’s Upper Crust as a joke rock band if you must, but give them this much: They’re actually funny, and there’s as much rock as mock to their singular brand of “roque”” and that “there’s plenty of worthy riffs and double-entendre wit to go around”.

Check out  “Let Them Eat Rock”!