Attila


Today’s band existed only briefly back around 1970 and as you can see from the above album cover, they definitely qualify as among the weirder acts of their time. Besides dressing up like Medieval Times employees and hanging out in meat lockers, they also played a very early, very primitive style of hard rock that featured no guitars, just organ and drums. It was like a couple of dudes heard Deep Purple’s “Hush” when they were really stoned and were all, “You know what would be heavy? Doing that shit with no fucking guitars!” And after less than a year together, even they finally realized this was a terrible idea and broke up.

But here’s the kicker: see that dude on the right? That’s Billy fucking Joel. Yes, Attila was one of Billy Joel’s first bands, before he finally wised up and launched his solo career. Listen to the track below and keep telling yourself that this is the same guy who went on to do “New York State of Mind” and “Just the Way You Are.” Kind of hurts your head, doesn’t it? Or maybe that’s just Attila’s music. Gotta admit, they were actually pretty heavy for a band with no guitars. Not very good, but heavy.

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9 thoughts on “Attila

  1. coriens

    Just found this album in a pile of LPs from a deceased uncle. Doesn’t sound as bad as feared, when reading the comments of Billy Joel himself and others. But the album cover definitely qualifies to enter the list of Awkward Metal Band Photos on sadanduseless.com.

  2. bryan

    allegedly the first “rock” record to feature the blast beat- it’s in the song “brain invasion” just before the minute and a half mark?

  3. Pingback: Attila : Billy Joel's Suicidal Album - BandToBand Blog

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