Black Sabbath REALLY Liked Cocaine
It’s not exactly news that Black Sabbath enjoyed cocaine in their heyday; nor is it news that cocaine is an expensive drug. Still, the amount of money the members of Sabbath, as a collective, spent on coke in the 70s is pretty friggin’ insane.
Metal Injection notes that new piece on Dangerous Minds notes that an old piece from The Guardian notes that bassist Geezer Butler notes the figure the band spent on llello while making their 1972 album, Vol. 4: $75,000, which was fifteen-grand more than it cost to make the actual record. And if you think that sounds like a lot of money in 2015, get ready to have your mind blown: adjusted for inflation, that’s roughly $427,000. Infallible intelligence source Wikipedia says Vol. 4 was made over the course of about six months prior to its release in September of 1972.
That means that in six months, the band’s four members (presumably with an assist from some hangers-on) put nearly half-a-million 2015 dollars up their noses.
How in the sweet mother of fuck these guys are still alive and able to have contract disputes more than forty years later is a mystery for the ages.
Incidentally, Sabbath wanted to make the song “Snowblind” the album’s title track, but their label nixed the idea, and the band didn’t fight them, presumably because they were too busy dealing with the constant flow of blood pouring out of their nostrils.