BLACK SABBATH (originally named The Polka Tulk Blues Band – Fact!) released
their second album PARANOID in the US on January 7, 1971 – 45 years ago today!
In Europe this breakthrough monster LP was already in the shops 4 months earlier.
I had the good intention not to pick (too obvious) the awesome-imperishable-undeniable title track as video or record of the day here on 50thirdand3rd but I discovered just an hour ago (while actually looking for some ‘War Pigs’ footage) this glorious Paranoid promo performance on the legendary British ‘Top Of The Pops’ BBC show in the fall of 1970. Never saw this vid before. Irresistible stuff. Lots of BIG HAIR, a cool girl dancer in trance in front of the band and no boring special effects. 18 Karat history! Incontestable ‘Video Of The Day’. Stop doing what you’re doing and bang your head…