March 7th, 2006


Soita Paranoid

2.11.2000 mennessä olimme Helsingin seudulla tartuttaneet huudon massoihin tavalla, joka ei vastannut hurjimpia odotuksiammekaan.

Oh, and as I mentioned, there was music at the Hanseatic Days and the local band beat us to it: they did not give us the slightest chance to shout "Play Paranoid!"

This manner spread widely and now it is common that someone shouts "Soittakaa Paranoid!" in any gig in Finland, even if he doesn't know where the joke originated and has heard the song.

The popular culture cliché of "Free Bird", which is the shouting of a request to hear the song by audience members at almost any concert, regardless of the performer or style of music, can be traced back to Skynyrd's first live album, 1976's One More From The Road. On the record, Van Zant can be heard asking the crowd which song they would like to hear, immediately followed by several shouts of "Free Bird", at which time the band responds with a 14-minute version.

One example is at a Nirvana concert, the first live performance of their hit single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on April 17, 1991 at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Frontman Kurt Cobain says "This song is called 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'" and someone yells "FREE BIRD!" immediately before the song begins.

The other thing most commonly yelled out, especially at heavy metal concerts, is "Slayer!" — because so many metal bands are, at least vaguely, familiar with a Slayer riff or two. Finland has an identical phenomenon attached to the Black Sabbath song "Paranoid". In most cases, bands fail to oblige. Some more unusual responses to audience demanding "Paranoid" include the band passing a "Paranoid collection plate" with the promise of playing the song should the plate possess enough money at the end of its run.