Thursday, July 15, 2010

Glenn Danzig on Black Sabbath [The Awesomeness of Music Past]

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

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If you haven't already read Chris "Fuck the Hype Machine" Weingarten's interview with Glenn Danzig from the other day, then please do so. The part where Danzig's playing Misfits songs for a label executive who calls it the worst music he's ever heard is incredible — said executive, as the story goes, is in the midst of pushing an album by David Soul, aka "Hutch" from Starsky and Hutch. The image of some industry suit saying the Misfits suck while pushing "Dance With Life" on the world is almost as funny as Danzig's response when Weingarten suggests, "Maybe he'll read this."

Anyway, there's another part of the interview where Whiny-G asks Danzig if there's a particular old school guitar tone he tries to emulate. The short answer is "no," but then Danzig goes on:

I love the first, early Black Sabbath record — but when you go back and listen to them now, they always seemed like they were heavier than they are, you know? It's like, "Wow, this isn't as heavy as I thought it was. It sounds good, but I always thought it was heavier and crunchier…More awesome." You build it up in your head. So much has happened since those records have come out!

Yeah, like Metallica, and the Metal Zone pedal and 1000 Homo DJs and so on.

I guess going back to old records to find they don't have that same punch — or just don't really do it for us anymore — is a pretty universal experience, though I would also say that sometimes it takes a listen or two to re-calibrate your internal intensity meter. Like, OK, the guitars on some Sabbath songs don't sound as heavy as you remembered them, Danzig, but it's a problem if you end up judging the music of the past against the production values of the present. I mean, those Hank Williams records don't have the same intensely loud everything of Miranda Lambert's Revolution, but that doesn't mean anything, or at least it doesn't mean that Hank is somehow less awesome in retrospect. Technologically, we may be nearing the far end of the louder-heavier-bigger spectrum, and in any case the important criterion to judge music on is whether or not it rules.

Sabbath still fucking rules, obviously.

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