I wonder if my employer would pay for my heavy metal addiction…
A Swedish heavy metal fan has had his musical preferences officially classified as a disability. The results of a psychological analysis enable the metal lover to supplement his income with state benefits.
Roger Tullgren, 42, from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has just started working part time as a dishwasher at a local restaurant.
Because heavy metal dominates so many aspects of his life, the Employment Service has agreed to pay part of Tullgren’s salary. His new boss meanwhile has given him a special dispensation to play loud music at work.
“I have been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap,” Tullgren told The Local.
“I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against.”
Roger Tullgren first developed an interest in heavy metal when his older brother came home with a Black Sabbath album in 1971.
Since then little else has mattered for the 42-year-old, who has long black hair, a collection of tattoos and wears skull and crossbones jewelry. (more...)
2. Master of Puppets
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
4. The Thing That Should Not Be
5. Instumental Improvistion
7. Fade To Black
8. Seek and Destroy
9. Creeping Death
10 Four Horsemen
11. Guitar Solo
12. Am I Evil
13. Damage Inc.
14. Fight Fire With Fire
Getting into the Halloween spirit, I thought to myself, “hmmm, who is the most wicked, evil and rockin’ band?”. The answer was invariably Black Sabbath (the original with Ozzy) back in their early days. The prince of darkness’ reign of evil has been diminished a little after watching him on his family’s reality show, but who hasn’t banged their head a little to some Sabbath? So without further adieu, here they are….Black Sabbath.
“War Pigs” live in 1970:
And for good measure, here’s “Suicide Solution” with Randy Rhodes: