Before Metal 1960-1970 (Playlist Junkie #4)

James / June 13th, 2017

Here’s some tracks that exhibit an early heaviness, before “heavy” and “metal” were a thing. Think of these as the building blocks that would eventually become metal.

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1. “Spoonful” – Howlin’ Wolf Get here

2. “You Really Got Me” – The Kinks Get here

3. “My Generation” – The Who Get here

4. “Born to be Wild” – Steppenwolf Get here

5. “Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix Get here

6. “Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream Get here

7. “Helter Skelter” – The Beatles Get here

8. “Old Man Going” – The Pretty Things Get here

9. “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – Iron Butterfly Get here

10. “Summertime Blues” – Blue Cheer Get here

11. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” – Jimi Hendrix Get here

12. “Kick Out the Jams” – MC5 Get here

13. “21st Century Schizoid Man” – King Crimson Get here

14. “Communication Breakdown” – Led Zeppelin Get here

15. “Black Sabbath” – Black Sabbath Get here


  • Grandmasterp

    June 13, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Oh yeah! Gotta love the classics.

  • adamliny15

    June 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Can you stop making music reviews? I revere this site for the video game and movie commentary. These music reviews are filler bullshit and cheapen the experience. Please stick to what you do best, which is the Angry Nerd. It makes you a unique artist don’t become an internet troll that has to comment on every piece of media. Good luck!

    • Savikain

      June 13, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Open your mind, young one. Absorb the world of metal.

    • DarthUno

      June 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      You should get a reward for The most incorrect use of the word “internet troll”.

      Regarding the content: He still makes all those other videos about video games and movies. What’s it to ya?

    • Hell

      June 15, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Consider these factors regarding James: He’s already a father and a husband which are big responsibilities. AVGN videos take a lot of time and effort that he clearly does not have now. Making some half-assed AVGN videos would clearly ruin its legacy so we don’t see them quite often.

      But the guy needs to make ends meet and still do what he loves (something we all dream of) so he makes these easier to do videos to help him and his family survive. But instead of making random click bait stuff he chooses subjects that are close to him, like metal, board games, horror and video games. Being a father myself I see nothing wrong with that.

      Yes, AVGN is what made him unique. But if started doing those just because people like you tell him to, then he’s becoming something that, ironically, you’re telling him not to be…

    • Nigel Dreiner

      June 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      How about let the man do what he wants? I am not really into metal, but I enjoy hearing James talk about the things he’s passionate about. He’s earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants.

  • Savikain

    June 13, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Nice list. I really hope to see Blue Oyster Cult on here soon. Cities on Flame with Rock & Roll from 1972 would be great for a 71-80 list.

    • Savikain

      June 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      or, obviously enough for this site, their song Godzilla from 1977 would fit. Maybe both?

  • mike bray

    June 13, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    A pretty good list for the novices. I would have picked deeper cuts, stuff you wouldn’t hear on the radio, but I’m a DJ for a college radio station. You might wanna check out my wrfl metal director Youtube page for some shows I’ve done? The show is All Things Heavy from early 60’s to punk to extreme metal, it’s all there. \m/

  • June 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Great list James! May I suggest something from the 1969 album “shades of deep purple”? There is some heavy shit in there!! (This is my third try… sorry if there are too many comments of mine)

  • Weldin Dunn

    June 14, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I consider Helter Skelter to be the seed the Beatles planted to grow the metal tree.

    • Nigel Dreiner

      June 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      I for one would love to hear James do a Beatles episode.

  • Sean McCabe

    June 15, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Big fan of your work, James. With these music videos I finally decided to register because I really wanted to ask what other metal bands you’re familiar with. I’m mostly into progressive and power metal so I listen to bands such as Symphony X, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Virgin Steele, Dream Theater, Firewind, and Rage.

    If you’ve not heard anything by these bands, and have time to check them out I’d recommend the following albums –

    Iced Earth – Night of the Stormrider, The Dark Saga and Horror Show. I think you’d be particularly interested in the last one as it contains songs inspired by classic horror movies.

    Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle Earth, A Night at the Opera

    Symphony X – The Odyssey, Paradise Lost, The Divine Wings of Tragedy

    Dream Theater – Octovarium, Systematic Chaos, Train of Thought

    Virgin Steele – The Marriage of Heaven & Hell Parts 1 & 2, Invictus

    Firewind – Allegiance, The Premonition

    Rage – Welcome to the Other Side, Unity, Soundchaser

    I like Iron Maiden and Megadeth as well, although never really could get into Metallica as much. But mostly I really would love to hear your thoughts on the above albums, if you have the time, I think you’d appreciate many of them.

    Regards, Sean

  • Nigel Dreiner

    June 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Great idea, James! How about a video on Alice Cooper and KISS?

  • FrankyFrancis

    July 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Great playlist. I look forward to this every week

  • zeromentality

    August 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Frijid Pink’s “Crying Shame” would fit on this list too

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