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Black Sabbath — Paranoid
Album: Paranoid
Avg rating:
8.1

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Total ratings: 1614









Released: 1971
Length: 2:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Finished with my woman
'Cause she couldn't help me with my mind
People think I'm insane
Because I am frowning all the time

All day long I think of things
But nothing seems to satisfy
Think I'll lose my mind
If I don't find something to pacify

Can you help me occupy my brain?
Oh yeah

I need someone to show me
The things in life that I can't find
I can't see the things that make true happiness
I must be blind

Make a joke and I will sigh
And you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel
And love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words
Telling you now of my state
I tell you to enjoy life
I wish I could but it's too late
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Many thanks to Bill for including Sabbath in the playlist 
   

Long Live Radio Paradise!
'Our song' - my wife's lasting memory is of me shortly after we met at at Uni holding my deck in my hands while looking at the home-made (Sinclair) amp in the plinth to see where the smoke was coming from - at full volume. Kef Kit 3's bass units pulsing with the warp in the record...
second day in a row is not possible listen to RP.Songs stops every 5 seconds.On cell phone is the same.Shame
 neptunejeff wrote:
Initially critics hated this  band ,but now recognize them  
as  influential as the Beatles in rock music history!
 
 
Lol, never heard those two bands in the same sentence before! And while it would be hard to deny their influence, it's a bit harder to say they were as influential as the beatles. But regardless... rock on!
Looks like this only gets played once a year or so. I guess I hit the lottery.  Thanks RP.
Initially critics hated this  band ,but now recognize them  
as  influential as the Beatles in rock music history!
 
Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill.
Rejoice!!
+1 for my son-in-law's sake (who happens to be in County Jail for another 8+ days and likely a bit Paranoid) as he's been getting me to acknowledge Ozzy/BS's creative work, and I agree....call this a 9....Long Live RP!!
Hear the bass. 

Hear the fingers squeak on guitar strings. 

This is what ya call RnR.  
The only thing wrong with this track, is it doesn't go on for long enough.
 roadie wrote:
PSD'd from Time after Time by Cindy Lauper to this.  Reward or punishment?  
 
Neither.  You just got a different genre.  It's not rocket science or a conspiracy.  Variety is why we love this channel.
Remembering the good old days when we played Rock'n'Roll Racing on Sega with my father
I don't detect a lot about paranoia in the lyrics.  The "I" sounds like a classic misanthrope, however. 
This feels like it should be every 16-year-old boy's idea of the perfect rock song.
PSD'd from Time after Time by Cindy Lauper to this.  Reward or punishment?  
PSD'd from too-mellow Suzanne Vega. WHOA! 
Gimme an 8 for the sheer fun of head banging rock the fuck out of me. This is a first for me here on RP! Where have you been, Ozzy and Iommi??? Where's Iron Man, too? 


{#Dancingbanana}{#Guitarist}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
A good song to land on from PSD.

Stefan_Lutz wrote:

Wow is Bill on holiday?

Hey maybe Rebecca sneaked this one in?  {#Cheesygrin}
yes yes and more yes
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Wow is Bill on holiday? Thank you so much all Sabbath fans try to not miss this tour to support "The End" and the last record they made called "13" it's worth owning. Again thank you, usually we get Laguna Sunrise, what's next " The Writ"?
 
I'm holding out for "Spiral Architect"!  ; )
More Black Sabbath, please!
Wow is Bill on holiday? Thank you so much all Sabbath fans try to not miss this tour to support "The End" and the last record they made called "13" it's worth owning. Again thank you, usually we get Laguna Sunrise, what's next " The Writ"?
 Stingray wrote:

Very "subtle", Bill....

 

Still, the song itself is nothing but a 10



 
WHERE IS OUR TEUTONIC CAPSLOCK HERO!?!?!?!
ha ha! What a great surprise to hear Black Sabbath on RP! I came running to turn it up...
2nd album I ever bought - right after Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.  {#Drummer}
Wow, never thought I'd hear this on RP. Greatest heavy metal song. Ever.  {#Bananajam}
Where's my  Bong!    

{#Drummer}
Changes and Laguna Sunrise would also be awesome, more mellow Sabbath additions to the RP playlist.
Hey Bill,

Must have seen my comment to a Dave Matthews song last week

"What a shame. Have to listen to DM yet Black Sabbath Paranoid with a rating of 7.9 has not been heard since Oct 2014.

just saying.. "

 
Went to the Sabbath show in Chicago last Friday 1/22 - still rocking{#Dancingbanana_2}
Got my first speeding ticket listening to this song in 1983 - where has the time gone??
How come this only gets played about every 2 years?
{#Wall} Head banging!  Now I'm showing YOUR age! 
This is why i love RP. I might hear Ray Charles, Mozart or Sabbath.
Listen to the finger squeek on the bass strings...Freakin cool. 
Always a treat to hear some heavy s*#t on RP...sometimes you need to clean out the system.
Splendid.
WTF?!?!?! Sabbath on RP? Bloody magnificent. Please this more often, even if it is Paranoid or sodding Iron Man.
Checkout the Furnaceface Richard Iommi ballad

The Ballad of Richard Iommi

This is the ballad of Richard Iommi. Richard was a typical suburban teenager. He lived with his parents and spent most of his time hanging out with his friends, listening to records and smoking dope in his room in the basement. There was only one difference between Richard and a typical suburban teenager—he was totally obsessed with Tony Iommi. For those of you who don't know, Tony Iommi is the guitarist in the rock 'n' roll group Black Sabbath. Richard idolized him.

CHORUS:
He believed, he believed, he believed he was the son of Tony
He changed his name, he changed his name, he changed his name to Iommi

But Richard's devotion to Tony Iommi didn't end there. Not only did he change his last name, but he began buying vintage musical equipment circa 1969. His goal was to obtain the same make and model of guitars and amplifiers that his idol had used. He even got a 72-piece drum kit* just like Bill Ward's. Richard and his best friend would go down to the basement, get really wasted, and set up all the equipment like a shrine. They talked about the day that they would form their band. Richard, of course, would be the guitarist.—CHORUS

One day Richard and his best friend were down in the basement. Richard was cutting pictures of Tony Iommi out of old Creem magazines and pasting them in a huge collage on his wall. His friend was playing with the tuner on Richard's stereo when suddenly they both heard something that would change their lives. Lee Aaron was coming to their town. For those of you who don't know, Lee Aaron is the very talented and lovely Canadian rock singer who's also known as the Metal Queen. Richard and his friend loved Lee Aaron second only to Tony Iommi. Richard knew he had to somehow meet Lee Aaron and tell her the secret of his lineage.

He believed, he believed, he believed he was the son of Tony
He went to see, he went to see, he went to see the Metal Queen

On the day of the show, Richard was so excited he could barely move. In the afternoon he went down to the concert hall early in hopes of catching a glimpse of her. Suddenly, there she was. Everything in the world faded away, and before he knew it he was telling her about the double-neck guitar, the 72-piece drum kit, and why he changed his name. The Metal Queen listened, and in a single sentence brought his entire world crashing down!

"Like, why don't you sell that shit and get a life?"

He believed, he believed, he believed he was the son of Tony
The Metal Queen, the Metal Queen, the Metal Queen smashed his dreams—CHORUS
 
Need 'War Pigs'.
I prefer the Hellsongs version, but you gotta respect the original.
AWESOME! The freak flags are flying!
Volume up.
Great song for teenage angst. For the 17-year-old male in us all!
Thanks Bill!  This is a bit of a palette cleanser after hearing the sitar laden Iron Man by Opium Jukebox.

Very "subtle", Bill....

 

Still, the song itself is nothing but a 10


I'll never complain about any song RP plays on this forum because RP is the finest of all radio stations I've yet listened to. And Paranoid just sounds so much better on your favorite radio station.
There was nothing quite like the sound Sabbath introduced at the time, or before. Hats-off to Black Sabbath - this song never gets old.
Sorry RP - a new low.
I was about to post this on Opium Jukebox's version of Iron Man, but here it is;

Oh god...
Sabbath is always fine, but this, I cannot take :(


Please don't play Paranoid or Iron Man, they're the only two songs most people know about Sabbath. Let's play Johnny Blade or Solitude or After Forever or any other song for that matter! Let's let people know how great Sabbath were!

cranked it to:

       11  {#Music}  11

Now that's more like it! Whoooooooo!


Sounds great on clear vinyl also!
Again, yet another reason that I love RP.   Beck had me crying 3 songs ago, now Ozzy and crew have me dancing!!{#Bananajam}
Perfect way to end this day.. stuck at the office until 5:30, no one else here.
 johnjconn wrote:
Why doesn't he slur and babble on this song.
It can use a couple of F bombs too? 

Ozzy is an embarrassment to all artist everywhere. 
I'm glad he's British and not an American
 
Oh, because the US doesn't have any embarrassing artists anywhere...

It is the guitar riff, not the reality TV show people! 8
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I'm only paranoid because everyone's out to get me.
 


I know exactly what you mean...  this is a great classic song...  love it...
 
Should be required listening for every middle class teenage boy.
Oh, feck off Ozzy and go eat a bat's head. Overplayed, clichéd, and more full of sh1t than a septic tank. Bring back the Bhangra covers.

And yeah, work sucks the big one and I'm in a bad mood {#Arghhh}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I'm only paranoid because everyone's out to get me.

 
"Even paranoids have enemies."
—Henry Kissinger

 romeotuma wrote:
Paranoid people are out to get me...  I know it...
 
I'm only paranoid because everyone's out to get me.



Paranoid people are out to get me...  I know it...

love this song...

 
Excellent way to follow up that Opium Jukebox weirdness.
i'd love to hear more of this "halloween" music throughout the year! 
 Eveland wrote:
Ozzie is grotesque and a crackpot
 

And that's relevant to his talent as a recording artist because....?  {#Rolleyes}


Bulls..t.

Metallica w. Ozzy Osbourne - Paranoid, Live(2009)   

Live Rock Roll Hall of Fame New York October 30, 2009.


 iam_overlord wrote:
This'll clean the dust out of your ears.
 
True.....My wife would find this offensive.

Hey I think my church choir was singing this song last Sunday? {#Stupid}
My Lord, and I thought I had only halucinated that this song was real...........hehehe
 LowPhreak wrote:
How about "Fairies Wear Boots" or "Sweet Leaf" next time, Bill? 
 
Agreed. Paranoid is the most (over)played song by these guys. Any of their other tunes would be preferable.

This'll clean the dust out of your ears.
Mmmmmmmmmmute. This has no place (for me) on RP. Babbling idiot. The whole family's completely f^%$#&*.
Over the years I've gotten pretty good at playing this on air guitar.

the Master at Work by ~michalisk

The official God of Heavy Metal while delivering the riffs this year in Rockwave Festival. I was at a not-so-close but nice distance from the stage, just to keep you informed. Black Sabbath is my all-time favourite band still :D


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 papaman wrote:

Oh Ozzie, we've come so far!
 

Tossup as to which is the human in this picture....
 Eveland wrote:
Ozzie is grotesque and a crackpot
 
So?

Most played song in summer 1970 !  (by me)
              {#Bananajam}

Oh Ozzie, we've come so far!
Ozzie is grotesque and a crackpot
Awesome!!!
I'd have gone with Electric Funeral, but this is a good one too.
YEAH,   GO FOR IT BILL!!!
 LowPhreak wrote:
How about "Fairies Wear Boots" or "Sweet Leaf" next time, Bill? 
 
Or really anything from this album, which is a classic.

 jools wrote:
Wow - straight back to 1971 and a school disco - doing what we called "The Greaser" - where you stand in lines facing each other, hands on hips and shake your head in, out and side to side... Fred from Nottingham will remember this too, I'm sure....

Poor old Ozzie.... 
 
Ian from Harlow remembers this too!

But we called it 'The Dive'

Memories . . . 
 rowgal wrote:
Exactly why I listen to RP - an unexpected song pops up here and there.  {#Clap}
 Agreed. Not always one that's pleasing to the ear. But that IS why we listen here. I'll just -mute- and be back in a couple of minutes, however. 


Wow - straight back to 1971 and a school disco - doing what we called "The Greaser" - where you stand in lines facing each other, hands on hips and shake your head in, out and side to side... Fred from Nottingham will remember this too, I'm sure....

Poor old Ozzie.... 

wow
This caught me off guard.

Nice!
Still sounds great after all these decades
bevis & butthed
Thanks Bill!!!
This got my head bopping {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}
Exactly why I listen to RP - an unexpected song pops up here and there.  {#Clap}
How about "Fairies Wear Boots" or "Sweet Leaf" next time, Bill? 
This is the only Black Sabbath song that I really like! Thanks for that!{#Bananajam}
No way. Not on RP. I thought for a minute that someone tuned in to WBAB-FM which plays this and Iron Man EVERY DAY. (I know this because some of the guys in our shop listen to that dreadful excuse for a radio station)
 Middleton wrote:

this set is being replayed tonight ... I get the connection, but Cowboy Junkies to Black Sabbath?  Hilarious.

 
And again tonight.  Somehow it just works.


 glydev wrote:
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cowboy Junkies - A Common Disaster
Zero 7 - In the Waiting Line

Played in a row, and somehow they all fit, I love this station......
 
this set is being replayed tonight ... I get the connection, but Cowboy Junkies to Black Sabbath?  Hilarious.

When this was new, I didn't really care about it, but as time has passed it really is great and still sounds great in the right context.  I admit it does help not to listen to terradio, cause its been airplayed to death there. 
Sigh. We don't like to see our rock stars get old. I'm not sure why; maybe it reminds us that WE'RE getting old, but Ozzy has to be the worst example. Whoring himself out to reality television is beyond sad; there's gotta be a better way for an old rock star to make a buck. Anyway, I love the old Sabbath material; just don't like seeing the "Prince of Darkness" hobbling around in a senile stupor for the entertainment of the masses.


Takes me back to my bedroom in queens, turning it as loud and my little RECORD player could handle! I had the music going through the headphones, so avoid pissin' off pops. I had to go downstairs to do something, and I could hear the sabbath rocking through the heaphones! Maybe it was a bit tooooo loud? {#Lol}

 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
SHARON!!!
 
^^^^^^^

That is hilarious!  {#Roflol}
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cowboy Junkies - A Common Disaster
Zero 7 - In the Waiting Line

Played in a row, and somehow they all fit, I love this station......
If it is not played on RP then where?  And isn't the point of radio to play different music? 
Oooooh yeah!

 sfListener wrote:
I wonder if Cowboy Junkies have considered covering this.  Try to imagine.......
 

Hilarious!  Imagine Leonard Cohen trying to cover this song....

 

BTW, Black Sabbath DOES belong on RP given the target listenership.  The band has iconic, historic importance.  Listeners like me can always ignore it or turn down the volume for a few minutes.  No biggie.


 sfListener wrote:
I wonder if Cowboy Junkies have considered covering this.  Try to imagine.......
 
That's a good one.

I think this song fits perfectly on RP.  I'm glad to hear it here or anyplace else.
I wonder if Cowboy Junkies have considered covering this.  Try to imagine.......
I like this song, but NOT ON RP!!

I bought this LP within days of it being released when I was 15.  There were huge stacks of LPs on the record store counter.

I listened to it obsessively for almost 3 months, then one day, I woke up and asked, "Why am I listening to this crap?" and immediately stopped playing it.

Also stopped listening to Deep Purple and a bunch of other similar heavier, heavy-metal stuff.

 

Tastes evolve I guess....

 



kinda grabs you by the 'nads doesn't it?
In the immortal words of Dr. Dre, "Yeah. Hell yeah. Know what I'm sayin'?"
{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}


Yes, yes, yes to Black Sabbath!! {#Bananajam}
What the?..........? {#Stupid} Sounds suspiciously like Communication Breakdown by Led Zep.
Why does this song make me laugh every time I hear it?
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I say yes to Black Sabbath.