Landmark Albums
Black Sabbath – Paranoid


Iggy Pop & The Stooges – Fun House


Both albums redefined Rock ‘n’ Roll and they lead the way for the bands in the future.


Musical and Lyrical Style
Both bands have invented what they started. For Black Sabbath it was Heavy


Metal. For The Stooges it was punk, or dirty Rock ‘n’ Roll. So every band that has started to play in their style of music has the same sort of sound.


Black Sabbath I would say is more planed compared to The Stooges. The Stooges were more just jamming, and it was more oh that sounds cool.


On the Black Sabbath album Paranoid Black Sabbath needed at least one more song to complete the album, so they when into the studio and jammed, and out came song called Paranoid.


Each band has a singer that can control a crowd, Iggy Pop is raw and in your


face compared to Ozzy, but they both shear the same kind of vocal style. They both say things like “come on” and “all right now”, both talk about drugs and girls. They repeat lyrical ideas The Stooges say in TV Eye (see that cat yeah I do mean you see that cat yeah I do mean you she got a TV eye on me she got a TV eye she got a TV eye on me), Black Sabbath say in Fairies wear Boots (Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies, Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, well all right now!), they both are huge names and are still around and are looked at as heroes, and the fathers of Rock ’n’ Roll, and are still playing today.


Tony Iommi has a huge sound because he is using a Gibson SG with Humbucker pickups, and a huge stack of amps. He also used what people call a treble booster, but he still has a dark sound. Ron Asheton has a thinner sound because he is using a Fender Strat with single coil pickups, as a result the sound more raw and rocky and that’s what gives the album a real dirty gutter rock sound.


The Drummers have a similar sound to them, very big and deep. The Stooges drums sound a little thinner, other than that the drum sound very similar.


The bass’s sound similar; The Stooges bass sounds a bit thinner and really


Distorted. Geezer Butler’s bass is bigger, and a bit smoother.


Production Style
Iggy Pop & The Stooges are real raw and in your face dirty, down in the gutter kind of style, real bulls to the wall rock and roll.


Black Sabbath is a tad more controlled, but still has that raw kind of sound to it.


On both albums the guitars are really distorted, and are in the same tuning. On The Stooges Funhouse they use a lot of reverb it makes the whole album sounds like it was recorded in a canyon, as a result it sound very primitive and basic raw power.


Funhouse was recorded live in the studio as a result of this method you get this sonic assault of real down and dirty Rock ‘n’ Roll. No overdubs that mean the listener gets to hear a real rock band with an actual vision passionately cranking it out raw over and over again.


On Black Sabbath’s Paranoid you can tell it is recorded in a smaller room, with not much reverb. Everything is distorted and blasts through. Over all I think that Paranoid had better production.


Funhouse is not as good quality, and that is good because it kind of catches that real dirty gutter rock. Funhouse did what it was meant to do, and that was to grab you by the bulls and say hell yeah.


Expressive Content
In The Stooges Iggy Pop would sing and tell a story, and then the guitar would respond with this kind of solo that would kind of explain what Iggy would be saying. So you get this kind of call and respond thing going on.


In Black Sabbath some times the Ozzy follows the guitar line (e.g. Iron Man). In Hand Of Doom Ozzy would say a line (From life you escape, reality\'s that way, Colors in