First heavy metal song ever?

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  1. Chrome Dinette

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    Even though it would never be mistaken for heavy metal, I think Paperback Writer could be seen as a precursor to some types of metal riffing. I say this as someone who is loathe to give the Beatles too much credit for anything.
     
  2. A-Bone

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    At one point didn't Lennon suggest that "Ticket to Ride" was the first heavy metal song?
     
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    Um, I think Revolution is more metal than Helter Skelter. Just check out Lennon's death metal scream at the start. 1968 again

     
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    The guitars aren't heavy but the voice is commanding and powerful. Really powerful IMO
     
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    While Revolution may be on the continuum with other precursors, Helter Skelter is rhythmically and vocally closer to what would come to be accepted as metal, IMO. Ditto for the riffs.
     
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    Sorry if this have been posted, interesting documentary
     
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  7. Jimmy_Rage

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    Well, I'm not sure even Helter Skelter would be acceptable riffage for what became of metal. Hell, I don't think even what has become of metal is what people thought would become of metal. I mean those Japanese girls in skirts go-go dancing and lip syncing?

    Lennon's death scream though is classical rebellion and anger.

    PS: If no one believes me, play that song as loud as your "cheap" music system can take it. You'll see what I mean.
     
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    I don’t know why I’m going to bring up the Beatles in a heavy metal thread, but, I want you(she’s so heavy) is as close as they got, imo.
     
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    Definitely the first song mention, but there was a Hendrix record review that shortly pre-dated it that compared the music to "Heavy metal falling from the sky".
     
  10. 27sauce

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    Speaking of metal. Remember when the metal guys would say, “I don’t just listen to metal, I listen to classical”?

    Since about the 90’s ive heard them say, “I don’t listen to the Beatles, but I like...”

    Eleanor Rigby
    Hey Bulldog
    Heater Skelter
    I want you....
     
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    Bob Rock asked James Hetfield why every song was in E.

    "That's the lowest note."

    Seems to me they're wailing pretty hard on the E in Helter Skelter, though only the bass is palm muting.
     
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    Drugs.

    Lots and lots of drugs.

    I first saw that shot in the National Geographic.
     
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    People say we gave birth to heavy metal. If that's true, we should have had an abortion.---Ginger Baker, on Cream.
     
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    Blue Cheer, Iron Buttfly, MC5 and Helter Skelter all have Metal like elements but this f'ing song is the birth of heavy metal. It's dark, scary and tragic all at once. When the pace pics up near the end, "Satan comes 'round the bend", Ozzy is head banging. Might be the birth of the head band too.

    Summertime Blues is neither dark, scary or tragic. It's just dopy and lame.
     
  16. Billy Moss

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    The first heavy metal song was Helter Skelter by The Beatles.
     
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    This is from the mid 60s
    Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck
    check out the "rave up" at around 1:30, they're using feedback

     
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    Pat Boone. o_O






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    To me if u listen to summertime blues by blue cheer, it really just sounds like amped up cream, as in the blues. Certainly if you listen to creams sunshine of your love or crossroads, I think they are the benchmarks for metal in the playing of metal, but they are missing the "sound" and certainly a lot of hendrix' riffs are the same: ie manic depression,etc. If you want to look to the other benchmark it's LZ communication breakdown, with how page played the guitar riff. But in all cases, Clapton , Hendrix, page are playing their version of the blues. I think the real start is black Sabbath's 1st album, it's the sound that Iommi creates by downtuning to D, which he did to help with bending for his finger injury.. and I think Iommi has bluesy- Ness to his playing, but I think it's the bands attitude and their sound that start it...
     
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  20. wombat66

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    metal roots in proto-punk garage rock

     
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