Friday, 20 July 2012

24 Carat Purple

It was with sadness earlier in the week when I heard about the death of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord. I know Deep Purple aren't strictly a metal outfit but they - along with The Kinks, Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, Blue Cheer, The Who etc - helped lay the foundations of metal.
Deep Purple's Child in Time is the first time I can ever remember having a heavy rock song make a big impression on me. I knew about metal, of course, from an aborted attempt at being gifted K-Tel's Axe Attack and by regular appearances on Top of the Pops and Tiswas by bands like Motorhead and Purple's Ian Gillan's eponymous band. But when I first heard Child in Time by Deep Purple it just about blew my head off and made me feel scared and excited at the same time.
I first heard it while on a family camping holiday in the Lake District. We visited some relations in Seascale, Cumbria. Seascale is the village that's closest to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant where my uncle worked. He had two stepchildren, a son and a daughter, and on the day it was decided that I should go 'and play' with the son. He was a couple of years older than me and after messing about on the beach for a bit (where he told me the sea was radioactive. Turns out he was right) we decided to repair to his bedroom. I wasn't properly into music at this point, well, not compared with how I was to be a couple of years later and for the rest of my life. He decided to play this record on an old Dansette record player he had in his room, but he didn't just play it once, he played it over and over again. What was it? This organ intro that sounded like the closing music to World in Action, a man singing about bullets, then seemingly screaming for his life in agony, a guitar and organ solo, then it goes all quiet again and just repeats itself. I found it then, and still do found it scary (made worse by its inclusion over some pretty graphic images in the rather excellent feature documentary One Day in September), scary but terribly exciting. Rather like one of those horror films that plays with your mind instead of actually showing you. Coming out of that Dansette made it sound even weirder as the speaker couldn't cope with the volume and it was distorted.
I don't know why I love Child in Time like I do. How can you explain how you like any music? All I can say is thank the Lord (pun intended) that Jon Lord one day had the idea that to make his Hammond sound like a rock instrument he had to amplify it through a Marshall amp.

And here it is. Some interesting things to note here: 1) The audience don't look the slightest bit interested 2) There are schoolboys in the audience still wearing shorts. This is 1970, the year before I was born 3) Ian Gillan breaking the fourth wall with his TV camera antics 4) Ian Paice. Just Ian Paice. One of Nottingham's finest. Enjoy.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

What's in a name?

Here's a handy flow chart for band names. And anyone who calls a band 'Death by Chocolate' should be shot.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Vote Maiden for Brits glory!

Is anyone still reading this? I suppose I ought to post here a bit more as I'm going to see Metallica in twenty four days' time.
Anyway, Iron Maiden have been nominated for the Best British Live act at this year's Brit awards. Now I know the Brits is just a huge back-slapping exercise by the record industry, but it would be most excellent if Iron Maiden actually won something. They've been releasing records for twenty nine years and it'd be great if they were recognised by the music industry. While people,bang on about Coldplay and Duffy selling records overseas, Iron Maiden have been quietly (or not, as the case may be) going about their business being a huge live draw in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
No doubt the Iron Maiden massive already have a huge online thing going on for votes (rather like the 'get Steve Harris a knighthood' online No. 10 petition a couple of years ago), but just in case anyone's reading this who isn't aware, register to vote here. And hurry!

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Fuck Keith Richards

I can't wait for this. I only hope it's better that his, slightly disappointing, autobiography. This and the film about Anvil, plus AC/DC and Metallica selling out tours could make 2009 a great year for metal.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Metal saves the day!

Reports of whether he screamed, over the captain's intercom, his in-concert rallying cry of "Scream for me flight 405 from Sharm el Sheikh!!!" remain unfounded.

The 'leading singer of Iron Zeppelin looks quite respectable' remarked my mother after his appearance in BBC Breakfast.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

No Remorse Video Jukebox: Megadeth - Peace Sells (But Who's Buying?)

Megadeth do love a good set of brackets. This video was originally banned for fear that it could induce epileptic fits, which, in my book, is the sign of a great metal video.
I love the interlude; 'This is the news'. Yeah, get over it, Dad, you're such a square. Dave Mustaine and his band of LA thrashers piss all over BBC News 24 any day of the week.

Now this...

... is a proper TV ad.