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The First Heavy Metal Song Ever Made (Bitter Creek – Plastic Thunder, 1967)

If you’re thinking the Beatles’ Helter Skelter came first you’re wrong! And In A Gadda Da Vida may be a great tune but it isn’t the FIRST heavy metal song. A…
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25 comments

  • Likeyoucare · January 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Not nearly heavy enough to be metal. This doesn’t sound too far off from
    what Cream did the year before, and certainly isn’t close to as heavy or
    sinister as what Black Sabbath released just a few years later.

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  • elguapo161 · January 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    The video itself is like a representation of what you would see during an
    acid trip. I LoVe it. 

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  • Bugs Duncan · January 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Bent Wind- Touch of red

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  • Michael Rushlander · January 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Wonderfully prophetic–if you think about it as the new plastic/computer
    age and it’s thunderous impact on the human psyche….

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  • Michael Kelly · January 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    “First Heavy Metal Song Ever”…I very much doubt that. I’d check out Link
    Wray, if I were you…listen to Rumble, Ace of Spades, Genocide, Jack The
    Ripper, Rawhide…Link invented the distorted, heavy sound you get with
    metal. Hell, if it weren’t for him, the guys in Metallica, Slayer, whatever
    etc. would all be working at fucking KFC trying to earn a living right now,
    and still hardly any so-called “metalheads” know who he is. Funnily enough,
    I’m more interested in the pioneers of metal, like Link Wray, the Kinks,
    Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin etc., more than more
    modern metal bands, especially that awful “Death Metal” bullshit that I
    hate with a passion. But, ha ha…that’s just me.

    Thank you for uploading this, though. Although, obviously, I don’t consider
    it the FIRST metal song, it certainly helped create the genre, and was very
    enjoyable to listen to…Thank you…Awesome.

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  • lorri789 · January 11, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Space Rock

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  • etmeyutub · January 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    go to 1:29. yes you can hear Deep purple, black sabbath, iron butterfly in
    there… in 1965! come on baby ? not metal at all. garage rock not even as
    hard as the kinks. come on baby!

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  • mechanoid2k · January 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    The heavy fuzz and slow playing reminds me of orange goblin or electric
    wizard, definitely metal.

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  • wiseoldude · January 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Yours is pretty much the definitive answer, thanks, man. Because I lived
    the evolution, I might only add that “heavy” was first a generational slang
    term applied to different things, not just music. It came from to us from
    the ‘Beat” generation. When applied to music it referred to a style or a
    certain sound. There were no “Heavy Metal” groups at first. Some groups,
    such as Spirit, played a variety of styles and included the “heavy” sound.
    You can reach way back for its origins.

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  • BaronTurco · January 11, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    First heavy metal was “Come On Baby” by Al’s Untouchables. Recorded in 1965
    and released in 1966. It blows this away. Check it out.

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  • goodolarchie · January 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Agreed, it’s way too fuzzy to define the exact song or moment that started
    a genre. “Heavy” was partly from the psychedelic rock of SF… slow and
    intense, “metal” doesn’t necessarily mean steel but we can certainly see
    the influence of more industrial sounds produced by guitar
    distortion/effects at the turn of the 60s with becoming accepted among the
    post-hippy rockers. Therefore by etymology, yes, this is heavy metal, but
    what the hell does that mean once the restospecticals are taken off?

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  • Waxed Fruit Society · January 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    metal comes from 40-50 some even as early as the 20, but really, I believe
    as long as there has been pain and suffering throughout the world and
    someone sang about it there has always been metal. metal comes from rock n
    roll, rock n roll comes from blues and folk songs and they eventually came
    from classical music.

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  • john doe · January 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Just look when fuzz tone came on the scene. Now go back and see what groups
    used that.

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  • GriodelmouZe · January 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    And “You Really Got Me” from Kinks, Difficult anyway to find the real
    begining of Heavy Metal … lol

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  • mvunit3 · January 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Awesome answer, I totally agree! m/

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  • Cathie R · January 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    sooo groovy!

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  • Joe Dov · January 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I agree heavy for the time but notmetal.Black Sabbaths first album the song
    Black Sabbath is the first metal song.IMO

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  • Jacob Parsons · January 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Heavy guitars, but this guy is not screaming. The Bealtes Helter Skelter is
    still the first heavy metal song imo. Certainly the first one to hit the
    mainstream.

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  • b.r. ross · January 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    How about “To Die Alone” by the Bush–1966 B-side–produced by Kim
    Fowley–proto-metal guitar there!

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  • Max LimbThrasher · January 11, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Like all genres, it all evolved.

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  • Mateósz Lewczóg · January 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    HELTER SKELTER!

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  • Andrew Banderas · January 11, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    acid will change the world MAN!!!!

    Reply

  • gus plotnik · January 12, 2014 at 12:15 am

    this is farout,groovy,and any other 60’s adjective

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  • Scott Breath · January 12, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Hey, What about BUDGIE – BREADFAN !

    Reply

  • Aqua Man · January 12, 2014 at 12:50 am

    OMG what fucking morons. No one on this page seems to know the difference
    between punk and metal.

    Reply

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