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What was the first Heavy Metal song?

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Posted on Nov 22, 2011 11:53:32 AM PST
Randy says:

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 11:57:31 AM PST
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crater face says:
Yardbirds- "still I'm sad"

Edit: sorry I thought this was the who had the first Gregorian chant/Psych rock hybrid recording forum.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:03:38 PM PST
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago by The Yardbirds especially the middle break down section.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:07:13 PM PST
Working Man says:
Metamorpho, thanks for mentioning the Yardbirds. I think they were among the heaviest of their contemporaries. The Kinks' You Really Got Me" predates the Beatles but not sure about the Yardbirds (too lazy to research).

I was not familiar with "Rumble" by Link Wray until this thread, but it definitely is a valid choice too.

This all being said, I still think this is all still hard rock and really heavy metal. I still go with Sabbath as the blueprint die heavy metal and probably Judas Priest as the first heavy metal band. We're discussing the first heavy metal song here and I am not sure we'll ever agree.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 3:13:11 PM PST
Iron Butterfly theme

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 6:14:05 PM PST
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Phaid says:
@ Porcupine D - Well if that Acid Garage band of that time is your thing. The year before that was Bitter Creek - Plastic Thunder, 1967.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 7:26:36 PM PST
PorscheBob says:
Frank Sinatra's 1948 cover of "Beat the Dame To Death". He even uses the ad lib phrase "Beat her senseless with my rod, heavy metal ripping up the broad...". First known use of a miked guitar being amplified in the studio using a heavily over-driven Leo Fender Champ 800 amp. Frank was said to have lost it after the session was taped going into almost "punk mode", kicking over several music stands, breaking a piano leg off a Steinway and throwing a mike through his drummer's kit. He had been drinking heavily and consequently this was never given the historical credentials as being the possible first heavy metal thrash set committed to tape. The masters are now in a private collector's possession in Los Angeles. You guys will believe anything won't you?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:55:43 PM PST
John Winston says:
EXACTLY, Mikey! This is the first rock song that, even though the lyrics aren't really about anything scary, at least it did sound scary. And it was definitely a 'head banger.'

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 8:07:04 PM PST
John Winston says:
Helter Skelter in November, 1968. Truly a "head banger" w/a cool metal riff and it sounded scary, too! Paul's goal in writing it was to write the "loudest, nastiest, sweatiest rock number we could" and I think he succeeded.
Those who will dismiss it are probably doing so because it does all this in spades and still 'sounds like' a rock or 'pop' tune to the casual listen. That's just the genius of the Beatles shining through.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 9:01:42 AM PST
Thinker says:
alright, but Cinnamon Girl was the first Grunge Song !!!


Posted on Nov 27, 2011 1:15:30 PM PST
1. says:
The term was lifted from a line in the lyrics to 'Born To Be Wild', by STEPPENWOLF. So applying the term to any song that came before is anachronistic re-labeling.

There were no bands that used the term prior to about 1970, when critics began calling huge arrays of amplifiers and massive P/A systems 'heavy metal', and then began to apply the term to the music of those bands (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, James Gang, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple etc.) that used such equipment.

I've always considered 'Summertime Blues' (BLUE CHEER or THE WHO from Live at Leeds) and 'Born To Be Wild' (STEPPENWOLF) to be the first heavy metal songs, since they were recorded and performed at the time when 'heavy metal' equipment initially came into widespread use, and they had the distorted guitar, over-driven-everything sound that came do define the heavy-metal music genre.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 1:22:38 PM PST
I think "Sunshine of your love" by Cream.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 1:34:00 PM PST
Just listen to some of the Beethoven Symphonies. Now that is heavy and Ludwig is the first rock musician; Bach the first jazz musician and Mozart the first pop musician. But Beethoven is heavy man!

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 1:56:50 PM PST
blue cheer, was perhaps the first metal band. the later yardbirds were leading the way too, but the first song went way back. hard rock and garage punk or just garage often put out metal type songs. blues hard rock is arguably a form of metal because it's where it came from. but 1970 there seems to come a break lead by black sabbath and deep purple , and later ufo etc into metal.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 1:59:31 PM PST
snookums says:
Chain Gang by Sam Cooke

early sixties

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 11:30:30 AM PDT
Swen says:
Rumble is not it and the term "heavy metal" in Soft Machine and his following book was used to refer to drugs and had nothing to do with any reference to music.

Born to be Wild a little closer, but it's really all opinion. One could say The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Arthur Browne, The Kinks, Hendrix, Blue Cheer even Elvis or his Gospel influences started Metal and on and on. Out of all these early claims, not including anything pre-late 60s because none pertained to or are in any way linked to heavy metal as we know it today, Hendrix would be the first. But the first real or "pure" metal is no contest, that was Black Sabbath. Rock-n- Roll is not Metal, it may have helped create it just as maybe Gospel created Rock which is silly but many claim it.

A real Metalhead knows Sabbath is the one. 20s Blues music, 30s country music,40s band rock, 50s guitar rock,60s and 70s stoner rock are not Metal. Even one of my favorites, Led Zeppelin was not Metal, they were rock. Born to be Wild is rock, Purple Haze is rock, ect, ect. Metal was not born until Sabbath. Some even claim original classical music have birth to Metal. Lets keep it real and simple. Metal was born sometime in the late 60s, but the first Metal album ever is one and one only, and that is Black Sabbath Black Sabbath 1970.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 11:40:23 AM PDT
Swen says:
Iron Maiden-Maiden Voyage album is not heavy metal, it stoner rock. The real Iron Maiden wasn't born until the mid-70s and the first album in 1980.

Black Widow and Head machine is more stoner rock, bad stoner rock at that.

Coven and Jacula are not even real music.

You don't know what you're talking about.

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath is the first. Truth

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Posted on Mar 20, 2012 11:47:17 AM PDT
i have heard from many sources that the first metal song, although very hard to pinpoint exactly, very well may have been whole lotta love. however, i will agree that black sabbath was the first metal band.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2012 12:00:32 PM PDT
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MiBoDoCa says:
Not true. Just myth. He played tambourine on some early Kinks songs. Never lead guitar.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 2:37:49 PM PDT
Origins of Heavy Metal:

The chords: 'Rumble' (Link Wray)
The fuzz: 'You Really Got Me' (The Kinks)
The volume: 'Summertime Blues' (Blue Cheer)
The instrument: 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
The vibe: 'Dazed and Confused' (Led Zeppelin)
The term: 'Born to be Wild' (Steppenwolf)
The whole and final package (proper deployment): 'Black Sabbath' (Black Sabbath)

This is one of the most [over] debated topics in all of music.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 2:58:33 PM PDT
Zaplightning says:
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The sinister lyrics.....the sound of the guitar, the forbidden tri - tone.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 3:46:56 PM PDT
Music Luver says:
Please define Heavy Metal. It ain't Cream or Hendrix. Or Zep even.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 1:36:21 PM PDT
Blue Cheer. It would be a few years before Heavy Metal would become a genre but looking back I would have to go with Blue Cheer.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 1:46:30 PM PDT
videozap says:
i was listening to "Out to lunch" by Eric Dolphy yesterday (a jazzrecord from 1964) and i thought the basslicks on "hat and beard" were kind of heavymetal-ish... but in a documentary about heavy metal someone (i forgot who) placed the birth of Heavy Metal even earlier by stating that Wagner invented Heavy Metal...
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