Every time I hear War Pigs on the radio, I think, why is this happening? Is that the best they can do?
I mean, I know Paranoid had an impact when it came out, and all that, but in my corner of suburban Canada, Black Sabbath enjoyed only a minor popularity. There were many more copies around of records by the likes of Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth, Wishbone Ash, Spirit, Rory Gallagher, Savoy Brown and Uriah Heep.
Sure, Ozzy enjoyed an elongated solo career, and that allows for some revisionism. And, no, I’m not a Sabbath fan, but really, check out some of the aforementioned bands. There are far too many great bands that have had their entire canons reduced to one or two songs by classic rock radio. And these bands don’t get any airplay at all!
It’s a dreammare, brother. It’s a ride on a hellbound train. Those radio cats are withholding a lot of great music, and it’s got me feelin’ bad.