Tune du Jour: “Paranoid” – Black Sabbath
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Ruder Than You vs. Soft Cell
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Paranoid was released in 1970 on Black Sabbath’s second album, which was also titled Paranoid. The song’s popularity in the US started slowly – reaching only as high as number 61 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 – but built over time as album rock radio stations played it incessantly. On the other hand, the U.K. fell in love with it immediately. Paranoid reached number four on the U.K. Singles Chart in 1970 and, amazingly, appeared on that same chart again in 1980, breaking into the Top 20. In fact, unlike the U.S., Paranoid was an immediate success throughout Europe and South Africa.
Among Paranoid’s awards:
1976, NME (United Kingdom) ranked it number 41 on their All Time Top 100 Singles list.
1989, Spin (United States) ranked it number 81 on their 100 Greatest Singles of All Time list.
1989, Radio Veronica (Netherlands) ranked it number 16 on their Super All-Time List.
1994, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (United States) named it to their The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
1998, Guitarist (United Kingdom) ranked it number 84 on their Top 100 Guitar Solos of All-Time list.
2004, Rolling Stone (United States) ranked it number 250 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
2004, Q (United Kingdom) named it to their 1010 Songs You Must Own! list.
2006, Q ranked it number 100 on their 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
2006, VH1 (United States) ranked it number 34 on their 40 Greatest Metal Songs list.
2008, VH1 ranked it number 4 on their 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs list.
Paranoid is generally thought of as Black Sabbath’s crowning achievement. Yet, it almost did not come to be. According to Black Sabbath’s bass player, Geezer Butler:
“A lot of the Paranoid album was written around the time of our first album,Black Sabbath. We recorded the whole thing in about 2 or 3 days, live in the studio. The song Paranoid was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing.”
And that my friends is how you compose a heavy metal anthem! Can you imagine a world without Paranoid?
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
Ruder Than You vs. Soft Cell
Ruder Than You:
Ruder Than You holds the distinction of being CMI’s Reigning Exultant Virtuosic Performer of “Paranoid”. Additionally, Ruder Than You is also a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Uni-Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold orange!
Ruder Than You’s triumph in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competition is detailed below:
11/6/2013 – “Paranoid” (Black Sabbath) – Ruder Than You (71%) expunge The Dickies (29%)
Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?
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