It only happened once, in 1994, on the first Nativity in Black tribute to Black Sabbath. At the time, The Obsessed was signed to Columbia, owned by Sony, who released the tribute, and Wino came together in a one-shot recording project with Rob Halford (fresh off Fight‘s War of Words) and the original Sabbath rhythm section of bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward called Bullring Brummies. Yeah, sure, there were guitarist Brian Tilse (Fight) and Jimmy Wood on harmonica too, but seriously, Wino, Rob Halford, Geezer and Bill Ward? Covering Sabbath? I was amazed to find out it hadn’t been a Wino Wednesday pick before.
No matter, though, because it is now. That tribute also had C.O.C. (another Columbia band back then — amazing coincidence) covering “Lord of this World” and Type O Negative doing “Black Sabbath” with the original lyrics as opposed to their “From the Satanic Perspective” version. I don’t know if that necessarily makes it worth taking off the shelf, but if you haven’t heard any of it in a while, at least the “The Wizard” cover is worth another look. And in case you haven’t done the math on the timeframe there, 1994 was 18 years ago. Enjoy feeling old. I know I do.
I guess an album from Bullring Brummies probably would’ve been too much to ask for, but it’s nice to think on what might have been if they’d gone for it. One images if they’d decided to be a real band, they probably would’ve gotten a better name.
Enjoy “The Wizard” and happy Wino Wednesday:
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