Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Regarding my youth...

Lately I've received many comments on my age from people. Most people don't believe that someone so young could have as much rare and interesting music that I do. I'm quite lucky to know where I can find this music, and have several friends and acquaintances who are older than myself to provide this music to myself and to many other people. All I do is put it on YouTube.

I'm well aware based on the stats that YouTube compiles that most of the viewers of my channel are in the age range from 45-55. That makes sense, given most of my videos are of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy, two bands that were prominent in the 1970s. If we go back to that decade, most of my viewers would of been about my age in the 1970s. (I turned 24 on December 16.)

Occasionally I get a few comments from smartasses that try to use my youth against me. Whether I'm debating something with someone, or someone thinks they can one-up me, so they attempt to put me straight in a really condescending or patronizing tone. I don't like that. I actually hate this more than when people don't read and ask stupid questions. It might be the quickest way to piss me off. Granted I do this sometimes too, but I only do it when the person that makes the comment is an ass about it to begin with AND is 100% wrong. I'm a very situational type of person, the "right thing" varies a lot...whether I mildly correct someone, or bitch someone out. Trust me, I don't have "mood swings" like some people accuse me of having.

Today I got one of those comments. It was sent as a PM regarding my 1978 Black Sabbath audio of "Dirty Women", when Ozzy says Tony is changing his "left leg". Great British humor by Ozzy, as he's referring to Tony Iommi's left-handedness and the guitar being his "leg" he stands on. It's still odd word choice though; a lot of Americans wouldn't get it right away. Not saying Americans are dumb, but it's just not how they think. It's a cultural thing. The gentleman that PMed me about it also has a history of sending me really retarded PMs, so this isn't the first time he ruffled my feathers a bit. It's also not the first time he's mentioned my age in a negative way. This is what he said to me, so you can interpret it:

subject: left leg

ozzy was refering to tony changing his guitar, you should know iommi is left handed, young blacksabfan. happy new year

...He makes it sound like I have no clue what's going on the clip. Nevermind that I posted the fucking thing. That's bad enough, but what is this "young Blacksabfan" bullshit? I don't go around calling people older than me "old soandsoblahblahface". Had this happened only once, I would of just warned him, but based on what his channel comments were, and how he's spoken to me before, this guy is just being a douchebag. "Young Blacksabfan" has a surprise for him...

Here's my reply:

I was very well aware of what was going on in that clip. I know Tony is left handed. Ozzy's word choice was just odd; British humor perhaps. There's no need for the condescending/patronizing tone regarding my youth. In fact, it's probably the thing I hate most. Maybe in a year when I'm a little older you'll get to comment on my videos again.

Happy new year you senile old fart.

Good lesson for you older people. While I value your wisdom and your experiences, take it easy on those younger people. Especially when they act as "the hand that feeds". You know they are the ones that decide what old folks home you end up in.

For the Lizzy fans: The compilations will be posted sometime prior to January 4th. They will be in mp3 format. The second of the two will have 18 songs, and the first isn't quite done yet. I haven't decided if I'm making artwork or not, but I might.

Happy new year.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Jeff Fenholt was NOT in Black Sabbath!

I was awake so I thought I'd put an entry in. After my Sunday football fix I logged into YouTube and found that someone has responded to comment I made on some Jeff Fenholt video (not one of mine) from 10 months ago. This is the video:

Read through the conversation and note "ScarlettRhiannon's" stupid reply to what I said about Mr. Fenholt not being a member of Black Sabbath. I'll also post it below, because I can:

"Quoting Fenholt verbatim: "I was working with a group called Black Sabbath for a short time - about six months..." This was a preface to a story. Seems it isn't a matter a "falsifying" his "resume," but a matter of hearing and comprehension on your part. "

First off, I'm personally not a religious person...but to each their own. If you want to be a Bible Thumper, then go for it, but just because you're a Bible Thumper doesn't mean you have to be a gullible dope that believes anything that comes out of a horses' mouth. According to her logic, because Fenholt said so, it must be true. He's an infallible born-again Christian that is always right regardless of simple historical fact or any interview made by anyone else. Glad that has been cleared up. I think I'll tell her I'm the Pope, and she has to believe it's true, because I said so.

Secondly, it is NEVER a good idea to start criticizing my hearing and my comphrension... Especially when you don't know shit about Black Sabbath to begin with (as ScarlettRhiannon surely doesn't) and you're going up against a person that has posted 150ish Sabbath related videos and knows the history of the band like the back of his hand. That's glutton for punishment. Nevermind that I also hold an actual history degree, a teaching certificate, and I'm ten credits from a Master's Degree. But what the fuck do I know?? I don't know how to research or comprehend anything I read.

Here's the truth:

Jeff Fenholt was not in Black Sabbath because Black Sabbath was disbanded in 1984. Dave Donato was the last singer for Black Sabbath, and was fired sometime in the summer of that year. Geezer left the band and began his own solo band and Bill Ward was actually homeless sometime after 1984 (by his own admission). Tony Iommi was left with Geoff Nichols and the two of them began working on a solo project. Gordon Copley and Eric Singer also joined them (both from Lita Ford's band) and began writing material. By May 1985, music was written and a singer was brought in for some recording sessions. That singer was Jeff Fenholt. I've posted some of the music he did with Iommi and his band for these sessions, but it was NOT Black Sabbath. This was for Iommi's solo project. Sabbath is no longer an entity at this point in time...and I stress this point. Fenholt obviously had some pipes but he couldn't come up with a lyric to save his life (listen to some of the Fenholt stuff I've posted if you don't believe me). Iommi canned him, and Glenn Hughes was brought in at a later date. Copley had also left the band at some point during all this and was replaced by Dave Spitz.

By early 1986, the material for the album was finished and submitted to the record company. Don Arden suggested to Tony Iommi that he should put "Black Sabbath" on the album cover, and Iommi relucantly did so. Hence the "Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi" title. It was only at that point that Black Sabbath was officially 'active' again, and even one could agrue it was a side project or a 'spinoff' at that time. With future Black Sabbath releases though, it has been generally accepted into Black Sabbath discography as a legitmate Black Sabbath album, despite many of the tracks being unlike anything Black Sabbath had previously done.

So Jeff Fenholt was NOT working on a Black Sabbath project. He was working on an Iommi solo project. Granted that project may have become a Sabbath project at a later date, Fenholt was not in the band AT THAT TIME. Thus he is NOT a member of Black Sabbath. I don't care what he said, what the 700 Club said, or what TBN said. What they say, or have said, or may say in the future is 100% WRONG. At best, Mr. Fenholt is confused and at worst he's a fucking liar. (I lean more toward the latter.) The guy is a hack who's 'claim to fame' is being the singer for a band that wasn't even a band at the time. What's even more sad is that he actually was in Jesus Christ Superstar, yet chooses to promote this lie rather than something he was actually a part of. What a dope.

So here's some free advice, especially for you Scarlett...

Don't believe everything you hear. Especially on TBN. It's not the first time they've lied. They've also said other whoppers of lies such as Pat Robertson leg pressing 2000 lbs (seriously, google that shit if you don't believe me). But they said it must be true...a Christian TV network would never ever lie...

Here's a download link for you all (and especially for you Diopriest). This is Heaven and Hell's show at Camden, NJ on 6 Aug 2008. First night of the Metal Masters Tour. Features "Time Machine" and the only live performance of "Ear In the Wall" from the tour. It's in lossless format, so if you need to convert it use 'dBpoweramp' (it's free to download). If you do convert it though, please don't repost mp3 files of the show on other sites, repost the original FLACs.


Catch you all later. Keep rockin'.

Friday, December 26, 2008

New blog!

Hi Everyone. A couple weeks ago I decided to create a blog which I will link to YouTube. I've generally found that over the course of conversation with many people on YouTube, that those little "reply to comment" boxes do not meet my needs when dealing with some of the comments. This applies for both the really well intentioned, important questions I get, as well as those questions and comments from people who are simply dolts and don't bother to read the descriptions...or worse yet...attempt to argue with me about things they are either 100% wrong about, or ideas that are 100% opinion that I'll never change my mind about.

I also get hit up often for music. I don't mind meeting requests occasionally for people I regularly talk to, or people who are really polite, but I'll just say it plain: I HATE when people message me and basically demand that I email them stuff. Usually I'll just delete those, but occasionally when the mood strikes me, I'll act like a complete jerk and tell them to get bent. Yes, I know I can be a jerk...but I also consider myself to be an extremely fair person; one that will treat you the same way you treat me. That's how I've always been, and this attitude has served me well in life. It has brought me respect from many of my peers (but also created some enemies as a result). Hopefully with this blog, I can post links to some of the music I have, and people can come here to download it. This eliminates me having to email the same thing to 37 different people. If you do have a request, just remember to be polite. It will make it more likely that I'll meet your request and you'll get the same treatment in return...I promise.

Another reason I made this blog is to post news stuff related to Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy that I cannot post on YouTube. YouTube doesn't really give you space to post a lot of extraneous information, and something I write on one particular video description, such as a new release, will get missed by a majority of people unless they watch that particular video. If I have something important to say, I can say it here, and that way everyone who comes here will see it.

Lastly, I want people to be able to get to know me better personally. No, I'm not going to tell you every bit about my life, but I don't really want to remain an enigma that posts random videos either. I will use this space to explain how I came to have a lot of this material, as well as some of my on-going and never ending "battles" with the Thin Lizzy fan site, RockLegend. I think most of you realize that I greatly dislike those people and I think that what they are doing (or not doing) is shameful. I don't think a lot of people quite have the full story why that is though, and hopefully I can make it very clear once and for all how exactly my run-ins with them began and why they continue to persist. I'm very glad that I've never had any run-ins with any of the big Sabbath collectors, who are generally a nicer group of guys than the ones assocated with Lizzy.

Hopefully after the New Year I'll be able to start making regular posts. I also promised some compilations of Phil Lynott/Thin Lizzy rare tracks. They are almost finished and will eventually be posted here. Check back for those around January 4.

Thanks for reading.