How this much happiness could exist on any one single planet remains a mystery, but there you have it.
As for our birthday, we'd like to thank all of you, our great readers. We could have never made it without your tireless support and secret cash contributions. And we'd also like to thank our friends at Y! Music, who've done a terrific job in bringing a winning diversity of voices to this finest of online musical forums.
OK, with the treacle out of the way, let's talk about Black Sabbath. They really need no introduction, being one of the great metal/hard rock bands of all time, and having given us hits like "Paranoid," "Iron Man," and "War Pigs." The great news is that Sabbath are back with a new album, 13 (produced by Rick Rubin) that features original members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi.
The album is killer, of course, and has already become the first Sabbath LP to hit #1 in the United States. This week's video -- a Vevo premier, of course -- is the stunning "Is God Dead?," a song that will surely make people think. According to Geezer Butler: "Ozzy came out with the title. I was going 'you can't sing that.' He wanted to keep it in, so I wrote the rest of the words around that. It's about a religious fanatic, somebody that's been told that God is dead and he wants to prove that God is alive and well. That's what the song is about."
1 -- "What if bands from the '60s were still alive, so to speak, and trying to simply cash in? What then?"
2 -- "If I can find my motorcycle keys, there'd probably be a joke in here somewhere."
3 -- It was bad news all the way around: the real and the fake newspapers agreed!
4 -- "I may not always smoke a cigar, but -- when I do -- I prefer to not draw any analogies."
5 -- Incredibly, beauty wasn't in the eye of the beholder!
6 -- By the time you get to the 12th grade, home schoolin' s a bitch!
7 -- The war on Christmas escalated, just as Arbor Day had feared!
8 -- Everybody's runnin' for governor of New Jersey!
9 -- Nobody even saw the little guy jump off!
10 -- "Hang on. My trainer's throwing another fish."
11 -- "The humans have surrendered! You were right, Sharon!"
12 -- "The good news is that economic slavery is totally legal. We checked!"
- Black Sabbath
- Ozzy Osbourne
- Geezer Butler