It’s difficult to find an area of music that the Beatlesdidn’t influence, but their contribution to the progression of heavy metal is often overlooked. Perhaps best remembered for their psychedelic art-rock and flawless pop singles, the Fab Four could certainly let their hair down and fire off some headbangers, inspiring metal architects like Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons. Plus their pioneering work with distortion, feedback, unorthodox lyrical topics, and death metal roars helped provide the building blocks of the genre.
So without further ado, in chronological order, here are nine Beatles songs that clearly helped pave the road to heavy metal.
Rock Icons director Sam Dunn admits that Daryl Hall may seem like a left-of-center pick for a series that focuses on amped up hard rock shredders like Slash and Dave Mustaine. But here Dunn explains why he was the perfect (although different) choice.
On Saturday, Nelly was pulled over on his tour bus in Tennessee originally for not having a required Dept. of Transportation sticker. Unfortunately for him the officer caught a strong whiff of pot and decided to conduct a search.
Black Flag’s signature 1984 anthem “TV Party” is rock’s ultimate send-up of boob addiction, built around a chorus of all-too-familiar universal truth: “We’ve got nothin’ better to do/Than watch TV and have a couple of brews/Don’t talk about anything else/We don’t want to know/We’re dedicated to our favorite shows!” Read more…
This year on That Metal Show we’re doing things a little differently and thinking up exciting new ways to bring you the best coverage of all things heavy metal and hard rock. One of those things is That After Show, where we keep the cameras rolling after the regular broadcast is over and let the TMS boys and their guests talk about, well, whatever the f-ck they want to talk about. This week hear Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, and Lzzy Hale sound off about their life in music.
Who would of thought that the most popular music critic would be a canine? Maple the Dog is blowing up on Vine due to her viral videos of playing acoustic instruments with her owner. Not only can she play instruments well, she also critiques music. The adorable golden retriever is pretty thorough, especially when it comes to Sam Smith. It’s a love/hate relationship. See for yourself in the Vines below.
Madonna made her way to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Friday night and it was nothing less than memorable. From doing stand-up comedy to sharing Beastie Boys make out sessions, but the biggest highlight came when she, Fallon, and The Roots performed her classic hit “Holiday” with classroom instruments. It’s as great as it sounds. Watch above.
Pitbull‘s lyrics are corny to some and inspirational to many, including writer, director, and producer Moujan Zolfaghari. Zolfaghari is taking some of the rapper’s most popular lyrics and shedding a philosophical light on them this week on Top 20 Countdown. Who knew Mr. Worldwide could sound so sage?
“It is the best of songs, it is the worst of songs,” writes rock journalist Dave Marsh in his indispensible 2004 tome Louie Louie: The History and Mythology of the World’s Most Famous Rock ’n Roll Song. Marsh’s assessment is spot-on, of course, and on April 11—a date registered with and recognized by the National Special Events Registry and Chase’s Calendar of Events as officially being International “Louie Louie” Day—let us celebrate rock’s ultimate alpha-and-omega party anthem properly. Read more…