It had completely escaped my notice that Capsule’s Home of Metal had its own website. It does.
Whether you’re strangely attracted to Rob Halford’s bald head which gleams making him look a little like a roll-on deodorant, or it’s the poorly designed Aston Villa merchandise that adorned Napalm Death that really does it for you, then your memorabilia and memories could contribute to a fascinating digital archive of the music scene that the Midlands gave birth to.
First up, you’re all invited to Wolverhampton:
Saturday 25th October : Wolverhampton Art Gallery 10am – 4.30pm
01902 552 055
Home of Metal is a brand new project aimed at creating the first digital archive of metal music, memorabilia and fans stories, to tell the story of this unique moment of Midlands’ musical heritage. Launching at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday 25 October, 10am – 4.30pm, the project coincides with the 40th anniversary of when the term ‘heavy metal’ was coined by music journalist Lester Bangs when describing Black Sabbath.
The launch event at the city centre Art Gallery encourages fans of Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Godflesh, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to come along and share their experiences of their favourite band. Fans are encouraged to bring memorabilia along with their personal stories to the gallery to be recorded – all of which will go towards the new digital archive, which aims to tell the true story of the birth place of metal. – Think antiques roadshow for Metal fans!
Personally the closest I’ve ever come to being a metal fan is knowing every word of the dialogue of Spinal Tap, even the outtakes, and spending a good year or so in love with Bobbi Fleckman. In fact some odd friends of mine embarked on a shot-for-shot remake set in our house on the Pershore Rd — I can still do Rob Reiner’s accent. I have no idea if this counts as metal.
Rather bizarely, when I was messing with our shop on the web earlier I realised that we’ve been flogging ‘Home of Metal‘ hoodies since 2002:
It probably shouldn’t surprise you to learn that we’ve sold none, count ’em, none of these. White and grey don’t seem to be metal colours.