Billy Corgan reflects on discovering Black Sabbath

black_sabbathIn celebration of the upcoming Black Sabbath reunion, ArtistDirect.com has asked a few musicians about the influence that Sabbath has had on them.  Billy Corgan recalls…

“I had an uncle who played drums. He had a fairly progressive record collection in the back of my grandparents’ house. He didn’t want me touching the stereo, but for some reason, my grandmother let me. He had a stack of albums. The first album on was Master of Reality. I was eight-years-old, and I put it on side A. I remember putting the needle down and hearing Tony Iommi coughing. It was “Sweet Leaf”. It was one of those rare moments in my life where time stopped and the sound of those guitars and his voice was the greatest thing I’d ever heard. I started listening to Black Sabbath religiously at the tender age of eight. It has a lot to do with the way I hear music. I still think they’re one of the great all-time bands just for being unique and having such a great sound. They never age. It’s unbelievable. You can put on Sabbath today and they still sound incredibly contemporary. They’re so futuristic. They were so underrated in the ’70s and the ’80s. Only in the ’90s did they really start getting their due.”