‘Make a joke and I will sigh. …’

By Cthulhu’s slimy tentacles! Can Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” really be 50 years old today?

This was one of the albums I used to drive my parents insane, along with Iron Butterfly’s “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida” and Led Zeppelin’s and Steppenwolf’s respective self-titled debuts. I’m surprised the family Telefunken stereo hi-fi console survived the prolonged and vicious beating I gave it.

Later, of course, I mellowed into the quiet flower child you’ve all come to know and love.

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13 Responses to “‘Make a joke and I will sigh. …’”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Oh yeah. That familiar command, “TURN THAT GODDAMN THING DOWN”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’m astounded I have any hearing left atall atall. Maybe that daily soaking of the eardrums at swim practice helped. Or the “medication.”

      • khal spencer Says:

        Indeed. My mom had been a professional singer to augment her small income as a legal secretary back when I was a tyke. She never considered that the stuff I listened to was actually music.Of course it was her kid brother, Joseph “Mouse” Bonati who actually went on to make a name for himself. That’s the Mouse on sax.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        My folks were all about the Big Band music. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and like that there. They were good dancers, too. I was too spastic and could only dance like a stoner with a bad case of pants rabbits.

        • khal spencer Says:

          Sounds familiar. I am from a very musical family. On my mom’s side everyone was multilingual on various instruments. My stepdad taught himself guitar. I, on the other hand, can barely play the stereo.

    • SAO' Says:

      How times change. Now you’ll hear Zeppelin on the Muzak at Target.

  3. SAO' Says:

    Also 50 years ago … James Marshall Hendrix touched the sky.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Beau of the Fifth Column strikes again. And I had not even heard yet about Orange Hitler’s Latest Great Idea of “patriotic education”

    I started following Beau after Pat O’Brien posted something of his here.

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