Ozzy Osbourne, the frontman of the Birmingham-based band Black Sabbath, has revealed if he subscribes to the theory that the iconic The Beatles song, ‘Helter Skelter,’ is the first heavy metal record while talking about the overall genre.
During his latest conversation on the GQ Magazine, the legendary vocalist and one of the biggest The Beatles fans, Ozzy Osbourne, has disclosed his side on the debate over the genre of the band’s 1968 song, ‘Helter Skelter.’
Osbourne stated that the song is not the first heavy metal record because it’s not heavy. He continued and admitted that he doesn’t even consider himself as a heavy metal musician due to his melodic and balladry works.
Furthermore, the legend pointed out ‘You Really Got Me‘ by The Kinks or a song by The Who as the first examples of heavy metal while disagreeing on the matter about The Beatles.
‘Helter Skelter,’ by The Beatles, is a song from the band’s 1968 album ‘The Beatles,’ which is also known as ‘The White Album.’ It was written by the bassist and co-lead vocalist, Paul McCartney, and credited to Lennon–McCartney, the songwriting partnership.
The song is widely regarded as the main influence in the early development of the heavy metal genre. Known as the product of McCartney, who tried to create a sound as loud and dirty as possible, ‘Helter Skelter’ was interpreted by cult leader Charles Manson as a signal for an inter-racial war in the USA.
The song Osbourne mentioned, ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks, is a work written by Ray Davies and originally performed in a blues-oriented style. The song, which has been rumored to have Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, heavily influenced later heavy metal and punk rock musicians.
Here’s what Ozzy Osbourne said when asked if ‘Helter Skelter’ was the first heavy metal song:
“Nah. It’s not heavy. It’s just a fast song about a helter-skelter. Maybe you could say ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks or a song by The Who.
But I don’t even consider myself as heavy metal. I did a few heavy things but I’ve done melodic things too, ballady things.”
You may see the source here and listen to The Beatles song, as well as The Kinks song, below.