One day as I was developing the New York Music Index and Archive (the project I mentioned in last week’s “Metallica” post where we’re cataloging and making freely available information about all aspects of the music industry in New York State), I happened to come across the MySpace pages of two different New York bands that cover Black Sabbath’s “Fairies Wear Boots.” The versions were great and reminded me that the first band I ever heard covering Sabbath in fact came from New York–it was Anthrax, who in 1987 recorded Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Turns out I love Sabbath covers (even the Cardigans doing Sabbath has its charm), so I decided I’d start keeping track of the bands I’d find that are based in or do business in New York state. I’ve stumbled across several, now, and I present my findings to you in the form of a Google Map:
There are 23 currently on the map (look for updated counts and a master list in the comments) but surely there are more. Where are the bands that play Sabbath in the 7-1-6? Wha ’bout in the 6-0-7? Erie, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, represent? How about you folks in Binghamton? And the good people up in St. Lawrence, Franklin and/or Clinton? Finally, what about YOU Cortland, New York? Have you forgotten your own local-boy-made-good Ronnie James Dio? Until I find a band from Cortland that does Sabbath tunes, consider yourselves all on notice.
Now, I’ve included a Dio entry in Cortland on the map for ceremonial purposes, but what I’m really saying is that we need better coverage. Because I can only do so much from my seat here at the ARChive, I invite you, dear readers, to assist me in my goal of mapping every single band in and around New York that covers Black Sabbath. The criteria is simple: does the band play a song that Black Sabbath recorded (any song, from any era, in any style)? If yes, they go on the map. If no, they don’t. Links are great. Links with sound samples are even better ’cause I’ll love hearing them and it’ll let me know WHICH Sabbath tunes are getting played.
You can post your additions in the comments. I’ll add them to the map as they come.