Coinage of Musical Term "Heavy Metal"
Friolly at AOL.COM
Tue Mar 25 01:38:49 UTC 2003
I remember reading an interview with Dave Davies of the Kinks claiming that
HE had INVENTED heavy metal back in the early/mid 60's (You Really Got Me,
All Day and All of the Night, etc.), but I do not remember him claiming that
he invented the term, tho.
> That's interesting. I had laways heard (not from
> reliable sources) that the term heavy metal was
> related to the Le(a)d in Led Zeppelin. I remember John
> Entwhistle saying that Led Zeppelin took their name
> from a phrase describing a bad gig: "We went down like
> a lead zeppelin."
> soundsl ike the two are unrelated though.
> --- Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:
> > Jesse Sheidlower asked me about the coinage of
> > "heavy metal" referring
> > specifically to music (I previously had pushed back
> > the William Burroughs
> > prehistory of the term to 1962; OED's first use is
> > 1973). One of the
> > Research Editors for my quotation dictionary
> > contacted "Metal Mike"
> > Saunders, who provided the citation for his coinage
> > of the term
> > (remarkably, this was in the same issue of Creem
> > that coined the term
> > "punk rock"):
> > 1971 Mike Saunders in _Creem_ May 74 This album
> > ["Kingdom Come" by Sir
> > Lord Baltimore] is a far cry from the currently
> > prevalent Grand Funk
> > sludge, because Sir Lord Baltimore seems to have
> > down pat most all the
> > best heavy metal tricks in the book.
> > (Saunders goes on to make comparisons to the MC5,
> > Led Zeppelin, Blue
> > Cheer, and Free.)
> > Fred Shapiro
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