8-Year-Old Billy Corgan Thought Black Sabbath Is What God Sounds Like

What artist do you have vivid memories of experiencing for the first time?

I think we can all identify with the Smashing Pumpkins frontman’s story. In a recent interview, Corgan recalled a seminal musical experience.

The first time I ever listened to Black Sabbath, I was 8 years old. My uncle was a drummer. He passed away very young, but he had this cool stereo and a bunch of progressive rock records like Yes and Jethro Tull. And the first record in the pile was Black Sabbath, Master of Reality. [My grandmother] gave me that look like, ‘I’m gonna get into big trouble from your uncle,’ and I talked her into it. The first song was ‘Sweet Leaf’. You know, you hear the Ozzy cough or whatever, and then that sound comes in. And I was just like, it made me feel as if I was staring into the cosmos or something. I don’t know how else to explain other than I felt this kinda sense of agape. Like ‘Wow, this is what God sounds like.’ So it’s the 8-year-old version of what God sounds like, but I’ve never found anything cooler.

Mr. Corgan, maybe it’s time to record some Sabbath covers and send ’em our way for 105.1 The X Undercover weekdays at 1:30pm? I’m just saying…

Do you have any cool memories of discovering a favorite artist for the first time?