#1
Right i checked the searchbar and couldnt find an answer so....why exactly is metal called metal, where did it derive from, i always thought it was to do with the clothes and that but im not sure....help?
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#2
Because plastics weren't good back then.

Srsly, it comes from the Steppenwolf song "Born To Be Wild"
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#3
Because it's heavy music. Heavy like metal. Heavy metal

And they couldn't think of a name that had anything to do with elephants
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#4
Ozzy Osbourne used to sleep on a slab of iron.
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#7
Some people think it's because of Born to be Wild, by Steppenwolf. There's a line in the song that goes "something something heavy metal thunder". It's occasionally referred to as the first metal song ever created, hence people that believe the name comes from the song.


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Cos it's harder than rock? But then why is rock called rock?

From Rock and Roll, which described the dancing that occurred.
#9
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Because plastics weren't good back then.

Srsly, it comes from the Steppenwolf song "Born To Be Wild"

I've heard that a few times, I'm not sure if it's true though, care to shed some light?

Edit: Nevermind, it's been explained a couple of posts above.
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Some people think it's because of Born to be Wild, by Steppenwolf. There's a line in the song that goes "something something heavy metal thunder". It's occasionally referred to as the first metal song ever created, hence people that believe the name comes from the song.
I'm going to go with this.
#12
The sort of urban legend I always heard was that it was because Iommi worked in a sheet metal factory before switching to being a full time musician. God knows if it's true though.

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#13
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The origin of the term heavy metal in a musical context is uncertain. The phrase has been used for centuries in chemistry and metallurgy. An early use of the term in modern popular culture was by countercultural writer William S. Burroughs. His 1962 novel The Soft Machine includes a character known as "Uranian Willy, the Heavy Metal Kid." Burroughs's next novel, Nova Express (1964), develops the theme, using heavy metal as a metaphor for addictive drugs: "With their diseases and orgasm drugs and their sexless parasite life forms—Heavy Metal People of Uranus wrapped in cool blue mist of vaporized bank notes—And The Insect People of Minraud with metal music."[49]

Metal historian Ian Christe describes what the components of the term mean in "hippiespeak": "heavy" is roughly synonymous with "potent" or "profound," and "metal" designates a certain type of mood, grinding and weighted as with metal.[50] The word "heavy" in this sense was a basic element of beatnik and later countercultural slang, and references to "heavy music"—typically slower, more amplified variations of standard pop fare—were already common by the mid-1960s. Iron Butterfly's debut album, released in early 1968, was titled Heavy. The first recorded use of heavy metal is a reference to a motorcycle in the Steppenwolf song "Born to Be Wild," also released that year:[51] "I like smoke and lightning/Heavy metal thunder/Racin' with the wind/And the feelin' that I'm under." A late, and disputed, claim about the source of the term was made by "Chas" Chandler, former manager of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In a 1995 interview on the PBS program Rock and Roll, he asserted that heavy metal "was a term originated in a New York Times article reviewing a Jimi Hendrix performance," in which the author likened the event to "listening to heavy metal falling from the sky." A source for Chandler's claim has never been found.

The first documented uses of the phrase to describe a type of rock music are from reviews by critic Mike Saunders. In the November 12, 1970, issue of Rolling Stone, he commented on an album put out the previous year by the British band Humble Pie: "Safe As Yesterday Is, their first American release, proved that Humble Pie could be boring in lots of different ways. Here they were a noisy, unmelodic, heavy metal-leaden ****-rock band with the loud and noisy parts beyond doubt. There were a couple of nice songs...and one monumental pile of refuse." He described the band's latest, self-titled release as "more of the same 27th-rate heavy metal crap."[52] In a review of Sir Lord Baltimore's Kingdom Come in the May 1971 Creem, Saunders wrote, "Sir Lord Baltimore seems to have down pat most all the best heavy metal tricks in the book."[53] Creem critic Lester Bangs is credited with popularizing the term via his early 1970s essays on bands such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.[54] Through the decade, heavy metal was used by certain critics as a virtually automatic putdown. In 1979, lead New York Times popular music critic John Rockwell described what he called "heavy-metal rock" as "brutally aggressive music played mostly for minds clouded by drugs,"[55] and, in a different article, as "a crude exaggeration of rock basics that appeals to white teenagers."[56]

The terms "heavy metal" and "hard rock" have often been used interchangeably, particularly in discussing bands of the 1970s, a period when the terms were largely synonymous.[57] For example, the 1983 Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll includes this passage: "known for its aggressive blues-based hard-rock style, Aerosmith was the top American heavy-metal band of the mid-Seventies."[58]

So yeah.
#14
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#17
Coincidently, we also make most metals from rocks [ores].
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inb4 pictures of the Death Metal and Br00tal guys.
OT: something to do with the some Born to be Wild, ionno.


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#21
The steppenwolf thing is wrong. It was termed by a new york journalist who described hendrix's music as 'Heavy Metal, falling from the sky'
#22
It doesn't have anything to do with clothes, the metal studs and all that didn't come until Judas Priest popularized it

It's called metal because:

1. The lyrics Heavy Metal thunder from Steppenwolf's born to be wild
2. Rock is a stone, metal is the next step up from heaviness
3. Tony Iommi, who pioneered metal, worked in a metal factory. As a guy above me said, it was a sheet metal factory where he cut off tips of his fingers. It's not an urban legend, he was from Birmingham, which had a lot of factories. Actually, cutting off his fingers led him to create metal, since it forced him to detune the strings so it wouldn't hurt to play
#23
Thanks folks And the searchbar is not my friend, it just puts every result from any of the words i type in So instead of an answer i got "I'm trying to grow Metal Hair"
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#25
I heard it's something to do with Girls aloud and the line "I can't speak French, so I let the funky music do the talkin', talkin' now. *metal scream* METALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!*

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#26
Rock N' Roll came from the blues... and "Rock N' Roll" was an old blues slang for sex. When bands started writing and playing music that was "heavier" or "harder" than rock they started calling it "heavy metal." Makes sense.
#27
I like smoke and lightning!
HEAVY METAL THUNDER!
Racin with the wind....
AND THE FEELIN' THAT I'M UNDER!
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#28
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Thanks folks And the searchbar is not my friend, it just puts every result from any of the words i type in So instead of an answer i got "I'm trying to grow Metal Hair"


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#29
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Because elephant music just made people laugh. Metal is serious business.
But I like elephants!

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From Rock and Roll, which described the dancing that occurred.
Actually no "Rock N' Roll" was first used on some radio station as a another word for having sex the dancing that occurred reminded people of sex and that is how rock n' roll got it's name as for heavy metal I side with the Steppenwolf theory but I think there are other reasons as well
#31
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The steppenwolf thing is wrong. It was termed by a new york journalist who described hendrix's music as 'Heavy Metal, falling from the sky'


Almost all genre names were once started in the media by journalists.

NWOBHM (that is quite niché, trip hop being two I am aware of (I think this is factual information)...

Now you have kids throwing around all sorts of genres like Nintendo8bitcore and mallmathtrianglecore, so...

Edit - the term HEAVY in heavy metal was also started in the media, and many people into metal back in the day rejected the term heavy metal. It's true!
#34
Think of the word "rock"

Somebody probably just made up "heavy metal" as a tongue-in-cheek phrase to describe music that was "heavier" than rock.
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Think of the word "rock"

Somebody probably just made up "heavy metal" as a tongue-in-cheek phrase to describe music that was "heavier" than rock.


ever heard the word "late"
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#37
its to do with 5 things
1) a book that said something about heavy metal fans
2) Steppenwolf
3) led zeppelin, lead balloon thing
4) hendrix, falling from the sky
5) iron butterfly, one of first metal songs
#39
I heard it was bbecause NWOBHM developed among the labourers and lower classes in britain, where they worked in steel/iron works.

EDIT: Oh, it was necro'd, disregard all.
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#40
Because Metallica created it. It was named after them.
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