Geezer Butler, the bassist and primary lyricist of the legendary band Black Sabbath, opened up about the band’s iconic album Paranoid and talked about the huge unexpected success that came after the album. Butler also talked about his future plans during the interview.
Paranoid is the second studio album of Black Sabbath and was released in September 1970. Band’s signature songs like Iron Man, War Pigs, and Paranoid were on this album which made it even bigger. All songs composed by the members, lead guitarist Tony Iommi, the bassist Geezer Butler, the drummer Bill Ward, and the lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The album is also an influential album in the early development of the heavy metal genre according to many.
In a recent interview with The Wolf of Sound, Geezer Butler opened up about the band’s iconic album, Paranoid. Alongside explaining the history of the greatest hits in the album like Paranoid, Iron Man, and the legendary song, War Pigs, Butler also revealed that the success was unexpected and the band assumed they would be forgotten in few years.
Here is what Butler said about Black Sabbath‘s success:
“It’s a great achievement to still be relevant 50 years after we recorded our first two albums. We honestly thought we’d last a few years, then be forgotten about. 50 years ago, any form of popular music was seen as a passing fad – people even thought The Beatles would be forgotten about after they broke up, but nobody then realized how powerful the nostalgia effect would be.
Every generation, as they get older, wants to look back fondly on their younger years, and music is a great way of reviving those feelings they had in their younger days. There is no denying there was some incredible music back in the ’60s and ’70s, lots of various styles and ideas that still sound relevant now, and with each generation, there is still a demand for that music.
We really didn’t have a clue that our music would define a whole new musical genre. It wasn’t until the mid-’80s that musicians really started citing us as major influences. When the first two albums were released, the critics hated them – they just did not get it, and because we were successful without any hype or press coverage, they seemed to take offense that we did it without their approval.”
As for Butler’s future plans, the musician stated that he has been working on a book enjoying his semi-retirement without doing anything in his house.
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