Iron Man - Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Label: Victor - VICP-61711 • Series: Digital Remaster Original Jacket Collection • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Although Marvel had established that superhero inSabbath bassist Geezer Butlerwho wrote the lyrics for the iconic song, had never even heard of him in For me it was all about the Beano and the Dandy. The idea for Iron Man which first appeared on the second Black Sabbath album, Paranoidreleased inactually started with Ozzy Osbourne. That got me thinking about a lump of metal, and then putting it all into a science-fiction context.
It all flowed from there. The storyline — a self-fulfilment prophecy, mixed up with time travel — is actually quite complex. Going back to his own time, he encounters a rogue magnetic field, which turns him into a mute, steel creature.
Unable to talk, he still tries to warn people about Iron Man - Black Sabbath - Paranoid impending end of the world, but is only mocked for his troubles. Ultimately the would-be hero becomes the villain. He still has a human brain, and wants to do the right thing, but eventually his own frustrations at the way humanity treats him drives this creature to taking extreme action. It was also an era when the whole issue of pollution was starting to get attention, and this affected my thinking quite a bit.
It was just so different. For me, the drumming was a real challenge to get right in the studio. Yet all I could get was a dull thud. In the end they did an excellent job under the circumstances.
Today it would be so easy for a band to get the proper sound on a song like this, because the technology exists. Over the years, Iron Man has become not only one of the cornerstones of the Sabbath catalogue, but also credited as one of the most important songs in the history of metal.
For Geezer Butler, it is perhaps the track that bests sums up the band. People recognise Renaître - Tal - Le Droit De Rêver (All Media, Album) as soon as it starts up. InIron Man received another boost when it was included in the movie of the same name, based on the Marvel Comics Iron Man - Black Sabbath - Paranoid . That delighted Butler.
So, here we go again. Sabbath released Iron Man as a single in Although it reached No. But, over the years, Iron Man has grown and grown. See more Classic Rock features.
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