Look, I’m all about artful reinterpretation, especially when it sheds new thought on a song. A metal band covering a Black Sabbath song doesn’t need to do much because Sabbath is Sabbath is Sabbath. Outside of metal, The Cardigans did a beautifully icy pop version of “Iron Man” and Four Tet turned the same song into a lazy Sunday afternoon electro-folk strum. It shows the songcraft of Sabbath if that was ever in question (it wasn’t). But I cannot abide by a gaggle of hipster girls doing a too-cool-for-you take on “Paranoid.” With each swoop of perfectly cut bang and over-earnest “yeah, I’m really into Black Sabbath, got into them last week”* coo, I am filled with a rage only known as Girl Crisis.
* For all I know, the members of this “supergroup” all have known and loved Sabbath for years, but still… eff ‘em.
“For some reason, there was a screwdriver lying around in the studio. So the guy with the aluminum foil thimble — who really wanted those [Danzig] tickets — decided that to prove his superiority, he was going to take the screwdriver and put a screw through his hand.”