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Monday Classic: Black Sabbath – Paranoid


Last week Friday I introduced the Friday Loud section on Running Wolf’s Rant and today I’m introducing the Monday Classic section. Everyone needs a little bit of nostalgia when they’re starting out their week. Nothing like looking back (or in this case listening) to the old to get inspired to do things in the now.

Today’s Monday Classic comes to you from Heavy Metal legends Black Sabbath. The band were formed in 1968 in Birmingham in the UK. “Paranoid” was released in 1970 and was the title track on the band’s second album. The album title was originally going to be “War Pigs”, but the band changed it due to tensions brewing surrounding the Vietnam War. The original cover for the album wasn’t changed though, it still featured a sword-wielding soldier jumping out from behind a tree.

“Paranoid” focuses on a paranoid man and the theme of paranoia in general. The driving guitar and bass riffs in the song create a nervous energy that go along well with the lyrics. According to Geezer Butler they basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album and Tony Iommi came up with the riff. He quickly did the lyrics and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing. Even though the song is about paranoia, the word “paranoid” doesn’t make its appearance in the lyrics.

“Paranoid” is definitely one of my favorite songs from the 1970’s. I did not realize that this song is this old when I started doing research about it. It must have been pretty ground-breaking when it was released. I think the first time that I heard this song must have been in 1990’s when we used to hang out at Shaft (in Pretoria), but I’m speaking under correction. Enough blabbering from me though, have a listening to the song below and get yourself into a good mood on this Monday.

It’s a great song, right? Do you agree or disagree with me? Leave a comment and let me know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If you’d like to hear more songs from 1970, have a listen to my playlist dedicated to this year on Deezer. If you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane, feel free to share this experience with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.

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