History Music / BlackSabbath

10th Feb '18 8:08:43 PM azraelfinalstar
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* FilkSong: "The Wizard" is about [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Gandalf]].



* GodIsGood: Quoth "After Forever": "God is the only way to love"



** It was always an occasional theme, but it really took over when Dio joined the band. Fans of Dio weren't surprised by this in the slightest.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally range from 5-7. They were ''the'' 10 for their day however.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally range from 5-7. They were ''the'' 10 for their day however.however, and have on occasion hit a low 8 by today's standards.


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** The music video for "Bible Black" (played in the band's Heaven and Hell incarnation) features an angel as a childlike silhouette.
7th Feb '18 11:04:17 PM Edgecrusher666
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* IAmTheBand: Tony Iommi.



* AerithAndBob: The original lineup. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and... Bill Ward.

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* AerithAndBob: The original lineup. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, and... Bill Ward.



* {{Determinator}}: Tony Iommi. First he loses 2 fingertips on his fretting hand -- no big deal, melt down soap bottles to make fake ones and tune your guitar down half a step [[note]] For those of you who aren't music-savvy, musical notes are assigned letters from A - G with sharps (#) or flats (b) assigned to notes halfway between the "standard" notes with the exceptions of B and E (so A, B, and C would be going up full steps, while A, A#, B, C, C# would be counting the half-steps). If a note passes G# or A, it cycles forward to an A or back to a G# respectively, albeit one octave higher/lower... Anyway, guitars are normally tuned from the thickest to thinnest strings to the notes of E-A-D-G-B-E, so the half-step down would be tuned to D#-G#-C#-F#-A#-D#, which has less tension to work with, making fretting / bending the strings easier for someone with less strength in those fingers while unintentionally making the music sound "darker" due to the lower notes. And now you know.[[/note]] (and create music history in the process). Then some 50 years later he gets lymphoma. No big deal, go back to England to continue treatment, ship your bandmates out there with you so you can still work on the album, ''and still plan to tour that summer''. Badass incarnate right there.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Tony Iommi's signature low-tuned guitar style (see the note above for more info), which almost ''every'' subsequent heavy metal band emulates, evolved as a result of him losing two fingertips in an industrial accident and struggling to find a way to play that wasn't unbearably painful, ultimately stringing his guitar with banjo strings and making himself a pair of prosthetic fingertips from melted-down soap bottles. (He was largely inspired by Music/DjangoReinhardt, who similarly adapted to playing guitar after two of his fingers were paralyzed.)
* DungeonMastersGirlfriend: Sharon Osbourne (née Arden), daughter of the band's first manager, the feared Don Arden. Sharon proved she'd learned from Daddy by poaching Sabbath and becoming their manager; she famously married Ozzie and is still the power behind the shaky and teetering Dark Throne. She even turned at least one (possibly) murder attempt by Ozzie to her advantage and has steered his career ever since...

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* {{Determinator}}: Tony Iommi. First he loses 2 two fingertips on his fretting hand -- no big deal, melt down soap bottles to make fake ones and tune your guitar down half a step [[note]] For those of you who aren't music-savvy, musical notes are assigned letters from A - G with sharps (#) or flats (b) assigned to notes halfway between the "standard" notes with the exceptions of B and E (so A, B, and C would be going up full steps, while A, A#, B, C, C# would be counting the half-steps). If a note passes G# or A, it cycles forward to an A or back to a G# respectively, albeit one octave higher/lower... Anyway, guitars are normally tuned from the thickest to thinnest strings to the notes of E-A-D-G-B-E, so the half-step down would be tuned to D#-G#-C#-F#-A#-D#, which has less tension to work with, making fretting / bending the strings easier for someone with less strength in those fingers while unintentionally making the music sound "darker" due to the lower notes. And now you know.[[/note]] (and create music history in the process). Then some 50 years later he gets lymphoma. No big deal, go back to England to continue treatment, ship your bandmates out there with you so you can still work on the album, ''and still plan to tour that summer''. Badass incarnate right there.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Tony Iommi's signature low-tuned guitar style (see the note above for more info), which almost ''every'' subsequent heavy metal band emulates, evolved as a result of him losing two fingertips in an industrial accident and struggling to find a way to play that wasn't was not unbearably painful, ultimately stringing his guitar with banjo strings and making himself a pair of prosthetic fingertips from melted-down soap bottles. (He was largely inspired by Music/DjangoReinhardt, who similarly adapted to playing guitar after two of his fingers were paralyzed.)
* DungeonMastersGirlfriend: Sharon Osbourne (née Arden), daughter of the band's first manager, the feared Don Arden. Sharon proved she'd she had learned from Daddy daddy by poaching Sabbath and becoming their manager; she famously married Ozzie Ozzy and is still the power behind the shaky and teetering Dark Throne. She even turned at least one (possibly) murder attempt by Ozzie Ozzy to her advantage and has steered his career ever since...
6th Feb '18 2:41:56 PM Edgecrusher666
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!! Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic'':)

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!! Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic'':)
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* '''''Terrence "Geezer" Butler''''' - bass, vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, nose flute (196885, 199094, 19972006, 20112017)

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* '''''Terrence '''Terrence "Geezer" Butler''''' Butler''' - bass, vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, nose flute (196885, 199094, 19972006, 20112017)



* '''''Tony Iommi''''' - guitar, vocals, flute, synthesizer, piano, mellotron, harpsichord, organ, bagpipes, harp (19682006, 20112017)

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* '''''Tony Iommi''''' '''Tony Iommi''' - guitar, guitars, vocals, flute, synthesizer, piano, mellotron, harpsichord, organ, bagpipes, harp (19682006, 20112017)



* '''''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]]''''' - lead vocals, harmonica, synthesizer (196877, 197879, 19972006, 20112017)

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* '''''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne '''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]]''''' Osbourne]]''' - lead vocals, harmonica, synthesizer (196877, 197879, 19972006, 20112017)


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* FiveManBand: the final touring lineup
** TheLeader: Tony
** TheLancer: Ozzy
** TheSmartGuy: Adam
** TheBigGuy: Geezer
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Tommy
31st Jan '18 2:41:48 PM AgProv
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* DungeonMastersGirlfriend: Sharon Osbourne (née Arden), daughter of the band's first manager, the feared Don Arden. Sharon proved she'd learned from Daddy by poaching Sabbath and becoming their manager; she famously married Ozzie and is still the power behind the shaky and teetering Dark Throne. She even turned at least one (possibly) murder attempt by Ozzie to her advantage and has steered his career ever since...
6th Jan '18 4:47:27 PM nombretomado
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* IThoughtThatWas: "Iron Man" has nothing to do with [[ComicBook/IronMan the superhero]]. However, it's easily applied either way, right down to "Or if he moves will he fall?" This hasn't stopped the song from being used in played in [[Film/IronMan the movie's]] trailers and credits. The novelization of the first film states that Tony Stark heard the song inside his helmet, and after the press names him Iron Man even mimics Ozzy's intro.
** The song's name was originally going to be "Iron Bloke," because upon hearing the now-famous guitar distortion bit at the start, someone commented that it sounded like a big iron bloke walking down the street.
10th Oct '17 2:13:39 PM MarkLungo
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Their first two albums: ''Black Sabbath'' and ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' (both released in 1970) brought them great popularity with songs like "Black Sabbath," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," and "Iron Man." Due to their darker style, they initially received no radio play, and ''Vertigo Records'' had to bribe radio stations to play "Iron Man," which scraped the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates US]] charts. Their next albums: ''Master of Reality'' and ''Volume 4'' spawned a new batch of classics, such as "Sweet Leaf," "Children of the Grave," "Into the Void," "Supernaut," and "Snowblind." It wasn't until their fifth album: ''Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'', that they finally got positive reviews from the mainstream media (although critics have reversed themselves and [[VindicatedByHistory retroactively praised]] the other four albums).

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Their first two albums: ''Black Sabbath'' and ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' (both released in 1970) brought them great popularity with songs like "Black Sabbath," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," and "Iron Man." Due to their darker style, they initially received no radio play, and ''Vertigo Records'' Creator/VertigoRecords had to bribe radio stations to play "Iron Man," which scraped the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates US]] charts. Their next albums: ''Master of Reality'' and ''Volume 4'' spawned a new batch of classics, such as "Sweet Leaf," "Children of the Grave," "Into the Void," "Supernaut," and "Snowblind." It wasn't until their fifth album: ''Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'', that they finally got positive reviews from the mainstream media (although critics have reversed themselves and [[VindicatedByHistory retroactively praised]] the other four albums).
20th Sep '17 3:14:48 PM CassandraLeo
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** The band members have [[TheRashomon disagreed]] on whether "War Pigs" is a protest against the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar or not, especially since it was originally written as "Walpurgis" and had lyrics about a literal Black Sabbath. On one occasion, Ozzy stated that the band "knew nothing about Vietnam, it's just an anti-war song", but Geezer claimed "it was totally against the Vietnam War, about how these rich politicians and rich people start all the wars for their benefit and get all the poor people to die for them," and the record company made them change the name of the album for fear of being criticized by supporters of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.

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** The band members have [[TheRashomon disagreed]] on whether "War Pigs" is a protest against the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar or not, especially since it was originally written as "Walpurgis" and had lyrics about a literal Black Sabbath. On one occasion, Ozzy stated that the band "knew nothing about Vietnam, it's just an anti-war song", but Geezer claimed "it was totally against the Vietnam War, about how these rich politicians and rich people start all the wars for their benefit and get all the poor people to die for them," and the record company made them change the name of the album for fear of being criticized by supporters of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. (It is worth noting that Butler wrote most of the band's lyrics, including the ones for "War Pigs". The only song on ''Paranoid'' for which he didn't write lyrics was "Fairies Wear Boots"; Ozzy wrote those.)
26th Apr '17 1:32:45 PM SnowHesher
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On February 4, 2017 the band played their final show ever at Genting Arena in Birmingham, U.K.
2nd Apr '17 11:57:01 AM hack-normal
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Black Sabbath is a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are widely considered to be the first HeavyMetal band (Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer are also cited, but Sabbath is the most common) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.

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Black Sabbath is was a band from [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham,]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] who are widely considered to be the first HeavyMetal band (Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple, and Music/BlueCheer are also cited, but Sabbath is the most common) formed by singer [[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]], guitarist Tony Iommi (who briefly joined Music/JethroTull in 1968), bassist Terrence "Geezer" Butler, and drummer Bill Ward.



* '''''Terrence "Geezer" Butler''''' - bass, vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, nose flute (196885, 199094, 19972006, 2011)

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* '''''Terrence "Geezer" Butler''''' - bass, vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, nose flute (196885, 199094, 19972006, 2011)20112017)



* '''''Tony Iommi''''' - guitar, vocals, flute, synthesizer, piano, mellotron, harpsichord, organ, bagpipes, harp (19682006, 2011)

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* '''''Tony Iommi''''' - guitar, vocals, flute, synthesizer, piano, mellotron, harpsichord, organ, bagpipes, harp (19682006, 2011)20112017)



* '''''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]]''''' - lead vocals, harmonica, synthesizer (196877, 197879, 19972006, 2011)

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* '''''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne John "Ozzy" Osbourne]]''''' - lead vocals, harmonica, synthesizer (196877, 197879, 19972006, 2011)20112017)
10th Feb '17 4:47:40 AM gewunomox
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Existed since 1968. Since then, they've gone through a veritable menagerie of singers, bassists, and drummers, not counting touring members. Tony Iommi is the only constant member. They've gone through so many members, they have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_members their own Wikipedia page dedicated to chronicling their gazillion and a half band members.]]

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Existed since 1968. Since then, they've gone through a veritable menagerie of singers, bassists, and drummers, not counting touring members. Tony Iommi is the only constant member. They've gone through so many members, they have [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_members org/wiki/List_of_Black_Sabbath_band_members their own Wikipedia page dedicated to chronicling their gazillion and a half band members.]]
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