Lucky fish… er snake.

Neither fish nor snakes have anything to do with legendary rock outfit Uriah Heep. At least not that I know off. The title will make sense when you watch the video.

The band originated in 1967 as The Stalkers, which changed to Spice when David Byron joined (formerly David Garrick). Thank Odin, they didn’t keep these awful names. Imagine being remembered as the Spice Boys?

In a flash of brilliance, Uriah Heep was adopted after the famous Charles Dickens character in David Copperfield. And so rock history was made. Gypsy is from their first album Very ‘Eavy … Very ‘Umble, and what an awesome beginning that was…

I was only seventeen,
I fell in love with a gypsy queen.
She told me – hold on!

Her father was the leading man,
Said “You’re not welcome on our land.”
And then as a foe, he told me to go.

He took me to a little shack
And put a whip across my back
Then told her – leave me.

I was out for quite a time,
Came back with her on my mind.
Sweet little girl – she means all the world.

Though I want my gypsy queen,
Will she still be torn between
Her father and lover?

One day I will go to him
Strong enough to fight and win.
The kind of a man that he’ll understand

Sabbath/Zeppelin mashup

mashup (noun) – a mixture or fusion of disparate elements. In the case of music, a mashup is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another. [Google/Wikipedia]

I’ve never been overly fond of mash-ups, but when it works well, it can sound awesome. Like this for instance:

This mashup is hardly the fusion of disparate elements; more like the marriage of the love-children of rock/metal gods. Combining the genius of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant is well… genius.

War Pigs by Black Sabbath has always made it into someone’s Top 40 best Heavy Metal songs of all time. Guitar World actually rates it as the best Heavy Metal song, ever.

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin also features prominently in the rankings of Best Hard Rock or Best Guitar Tracks. VH1 rated it the third best Hard Rock song of all time.

Now I’m off to look, but I doubt I’ll find anything as good as this…