Electric Funeral

Album: Paranoid (1970)
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  • This song is about a nuclear holocaust. It's one of several songs on the Paranoid album with an apocalyptic tone. >>
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    Chris - Philly, PA
  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi explains that the band would often play any given song in lots of different ways, but once they recorded a version in the studio, any quirks and oddities of the recording dictated how they played it from then on. In his book Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, Iommi writes, "When we recorded 'Electric Funeral'... Bill would play it differently every bloody time. He didn't know how many times to come in, and at certain parts he plays three instead of four. [in the studio] we kept the three. And to this day we still play it that way."

Comments: 7

  • Thomas Trobaugh from Usa Sioux City IaIt’s great that the meaning is influenced by the band.
  • Reply: Pearson From Hamm from EverywhereYou don't have to like it but in a way it kind of hypotheses a bunch of events that the most deadly animals ever, us humans, are completely capable of and would not surprise me if this song actually came to fruition
  • Pearson from HammI don’t like this song
    Because it talks about the entire world being destroyed and the sun melting and the moon crashing into earth
    And robots walking to an atomic cemetery
    And eyes melting into blood and buildings crashing down
  • Cindy from Pure DeliriumMy first learned Sabbath song on the guitar. Sabbath freakin Rules!!!
  • Gavin from LouisianaI know one of the big effects used is called "wah wah", if that helps.
  • Scott from Mdub, TxI thought this was going to tell me what effects are used on the guitar and vox?
  • Gabe from Borger, Txgod this song is awesome! i walked into my 6th hour class and my teacher was playing this and i heard the end and couldn't bear to not know the beginning
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