I’m summarising the history of heavy metal music in 22 songs. Each one gets a brief post. Hopefully they’ll end up telling a coherent story.
- The Kinks, You Really Got Me (August 1964)
- The Who, My Generation (November 1965)
- The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Purple Haze (March 1967)
- Cream, Sunshine of your Love (November 1967)
- Steppenwolf, Born to be Wild (June 1968)
- The Beatles, Helter Skelter (November 1968)
(See also: Desert island albums #4: The Beatles — Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967))
- Led Zeppelin, Dazed and Confused (January 1969)
- MC5, Kick Out the Jams (February 1969)
- Deep Purple, Child in Time (June 1970)
- Black Sabbath, Paranoid (August 1970) and Black Sabbath addendum
- Blue Öyster Cult, Workshop of the Telescopes (January 1972)
(See also: Desert island albums #3: Blue Öyster Cult — Fire of Unknown Origin (1981))
- Rush, Anthem (February 1975)
- AC/DC, It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock and Roll) (December 1975)
- Rainbow, Stargazer (May 1976)
(See also: Desert island albums #2: Rainbow — Rising (1976))
- Scorpions, I Can’t Get Enough (February 1979)
- Iron Maiden, Phantom of the Opera (April 1980)
- Judas Priest, Breaking the Law (April 1980)
- Whitesnake, Fool for Your Loving (May 1980)
(See also: Whitesnake: a tragedy in about 12 acts)
- Ozzy Ozbourne, Crazy Train (September 1980)
- Motörhead, Ace of Spades (October 1980)
- Metallica, Enter Sandman (July 1991)
- Dream Theater, Under a Glass Moon (July 1992)
Into the 90s …
In my Metallica entry, I wrote that “The further evolution of thrash into death metal and black metal represents the reductio ad absurdum of a genre with nowhere left to go but self-parody and turgid, lifeless noise”. Among several people to object to that characterisation was Pedro Lopes, who left an epic series of comments constituting a 1990s metal timeline. With his permission, I gathered them all into this guest post:
- Margus Kiis suggested the Small Faces’s You Need Loving! (May 1966)
- I suggested that I should have included The Troggs’ Wild Thing (June 1966).
- Gavin Burrows made a plea for the Rolling Stones’ The Last Time (February 1965)
- Gavin also mentioned Hawkwind, though not any particular song; in a subsequent comment, he mentioned the song Orgone Accumulator.
- Gavin again, this time mentioning Iron Butterfly and Muddy Waters’ Mannish Boy.
- Andrei Vajna mentioned King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man.
- Lksdf suggested Vanilla Fudge.
- Gavin suggested Free’s All Right Now.
- Richard Whitbread made a plea for UFO’s Rock Bottom.
- Jason asked whether I’d be covering Kiss or Van Halen.
- jwerpy pointed out that I’d missed Alice Cooper.
- Jason thinks that omitting Guns and Roses is a mistake, and suggests the song Welcome to the Jungle as marking the transition from hard rock into heavy metal.
- Margus Kiis points out that I overlooked The Small Faces’ You Need Lovin’, a song that is very obviously the prototype for early Led Zeppelin.