confessions of a teenage wannabe metal-head

I used to be a member of where I would occasionally post. The only comment I remember receiving was from hardly_angelic about one of the greatest albums ever, Tonio K.’s “Life In The Foodchain”. Some time ago I decided to un-join and post about music here. I’ll get in a “mood” (today for instance) where I play records from my collection that I haven’t heard in a long, long time. Like this one-

As a precursor to ’70s style heavy metal, this first album from 1970 by (mostly) German group ‘Lucifer’s Friend’, is one of the more obscure I enjoyed. Sort of a ‘Deep Purple-ish’ sound among other things. I liked the album cover plus who could resist songs with titles like – “In The Time Of Job When Mammon Was A Yippie”? The lead singer was later with Uriah Heep, one of those bands I worshipped in the ’70s thinking it just didn’t get any better. (boy was I wrong) In addition to the group’s name, L.F.’s record label had an odd name; Billingsgate Records.

billingsgate- noun-improper, practiced fluency and variety of profane and obscene abuse (i.e. ass kickin’)

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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2 Responses to confessions of a teenage wannabe metal-head

  1. Brother, you were most assuredly wrong about Uriah Heep. (grin) They were the unholy spawn of Hawkwind and the Faces, with a dollop of Yes thrown in for (I wouldn’t dare call it good) measure.
    And if you start talking about anything by either It’s A Beautiful Day, Moby Grape, or Lothar and the Hand People, in anything other than disparaging and contemptuous terms, I will most assuredly stop reading your LJ.
    I will, however, brook dissenting opinions on other bands, and even a modicum of ever-so-faint ridicule of my love of 70s glam, and 80s hair metal. This I swear on my copies of Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane,” Mott the Hoople’s “The Hoople,” and Roxy Music’s “Country Life.” (and the third Winger album too.)

    • marcsuttle says:

      Hmmm. Strange timing. Earlier today I re-added Moby Grape as an LJ interest. (do we need to talk?) The Lucifer’s Friend album cover for some unknown reason always bring Lothar and the Hand People to mind, but other than reading about them way back when in a 1980’s version of the Rolling Stone Record guide I couldn’t tell you anything about them. Never followed ‘Glam’ as a style but have enjoyed Bowie from way back up thru the time he worked with Eno. Was a rather late convert to Mott the Hoople. (except for the Bowie produced ‘Dudes’ which contains one of my favorite “anthems” – ‘One of the Boys’) it wasn’t until the last 10 years that I expanded out to their earlier albums and found many things to enjoy there. Have collected most of Eno’s “Ambient” work but was never into Roxy Music. It’s funny how individual tastes can overlap here and there yet remain seemingly different.
      Winger? Hair band? Only when I first saw MTV and would sit stupified, staring for hours.

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