Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Black Sabbath



Black Sabbath biography

The band began as Polka Tulk Blues Band, and was also known as Earth before adopting Black Sabbath after bassist Geezer Butler titled one of his songs that way, inspired by a 1963 movie of the same name. The band progressed from blues rock to heavy metal to progressive as it evolved over the years. They are usually mentioned along with Led Zeppelin as pioneers of the heavy metal genre.

At a time when other bands were heavily into peace, love and flower power, Sabbath set itself apart with music about drugs, the occult, and anger at The Establishment. They were also unique in their incorporation of gothic and folk music elements. Their unique sound, coupled with Ozzy Osbourne’s wild onstage theatrics helped set the stage for today’s shock rock artists.

Osbourne left the band in 1979 and established himself as a successful solo artist. Over the next 18 years the band employed no fewer than six lead vocalists, including Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillian, David Donato, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin. Osbourne rejoined the group in 1997.

In 2006, current and former band members Iommi, Butler, Dio, and Appice announced that they would begin touring in 2007 using the name Heaven and Hell, the title of the 1980 album featuring that personnel configuration of Sabbath.

46 comments:

  1. This song is so awesome, its like everyone just knows it and heard it before!

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  2. I wish I could agree with botji, I like the song, but I hadn't heard it before.

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  3. Often heard this on the radio and always wondered who it was by. Thanks :] Follow'd

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  4. this is a great band, great rock and roll

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  5. What a great song. Love Sabbath!

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  6. Dio was better ;) haha following! love your blog

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  7. Black sabbath are so good.

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  8. Most of their music still holds up today. you can call almost any rock station during request nights and get them to play Sabbath ; )

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  9. I love Black Sabbath, especially Iron Man

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  10. i like the rotating backdrop. :)

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  11. they are pretty good but not my favorite

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  12. "Polka Tulk Blues Band" would have been great. i guess black sabbath is a better name though.

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  13. Awesome post man! keep up the good work!

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  14. Back from the badass days of music

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  15. awesome, black sabbath is still great after all these years

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  16. Awesome song, thanks for the great post!

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  17. Great band, great song, great post.

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  18. One of the first songs I ever learned. Legendary band

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  19. Never was a huge fan but still seeing the biography is cool thanks!

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  20. I grew up in the 70s. There was nothing quite like them back in the day.

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  21. i've never really been able to get in to black sabbath :(

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  22. Somehow I forgot how good these guys were. Thanks!

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  23. "Polka Tulk Blues Band" I didn't know that!! sounds horrible xD

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  24. Black Sabbath got me into hard rock back in the day.

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  25. yea black sabbath is indeed a great band! good post

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  26. Nice song choice for an awesome band. Followed.

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