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DR. SPIN
Purple Hazy
Who 'spawned' Heavy Metal?

by Dr. Spin
February 23, 2004

Is it worth purchasing Help and Magical Mystery Tour in their present DVD form or should I simply wait for more definitive versions to come out in terms of quality a la A Hard Day's Night?
 
Dear Unknown Movie Watcher,
 
The answer depends on a lot of things; are you more concerned with having the movies or the best quality of the movies? Do you regard “Help” and “Magical Mystery Tour” as essential as “A Hard Day’s Night?” What if they don’t come out with “definitive” versions of these movies?
 
“A Hard Day’s Night” is considered a classic movie not just by Beatle fans, but by movie critics as well. The same can’t be said for “Magical Mystery Tour” or even “Help.” I would recommend renting the DVDs from your local video store before purchasing them. Check to see if the picture quality and “features” of the DVD are (to you) worth having. If so, go ahead and buy them; if not wait and see if they’re going to come out with a more definitive DVD.

 
Whazzup Doc,
Did not Jimi Hendrix "spawn" Heavy Metal ?!?
 
Dear Lazy Person with No Name,
 
The “birth” or origin of Heavy Metal is a hotly debated topic. Certainly there are elements of Hendrix heavy guitar work present in the music we now call “Heavy Metal.” Most listeners would agree there is now a wide gap between “Hard Rock” and “Heavy Metal.” However, both claim similar parentage in their evolution; Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Steppenwolf are all credited in creating the hard rock sound. “Acid Rock” in general is the supposed birthing ground for Heavy Metal. I do not know if you would consider Deep Purple “Heavy Metal,” but if an argument can be made for a single band to have “spawned” the genre, certainly that band would be DP. Consider the evolution from their very first hit “Hush,” to “Smoke on the Water,” to the Hard Rock/Metal classic “My Woman from Tokyo.” Also consider bands like AC/DC and Judas Priest, who may not have “spawned” Heavy Metal, though they certainly nurtured it along.
 
So in answer to your question, no, Jimi Hendrix did not necessarily “spawn” Heavy Metal. However, he probably inspired the bands that did. Rock on, dude!


About the Author:
Dr. Spin has seen Help and Magical Mystery Tour on video tape. And he's seen parts of Heavy Metal, but not in its entirety.


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