Date: Thu, 1 Jun 1995 15:24:32 -0400
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: Query about terms
n't list it, but I know the term "heavy metal" was coined in Steppenwolf's
"Born To Be Wild."(the line ..."heavy metal thunder")
Not quite correct. First, the Steppenwolf line is talking about
motorcycles, not music ("I like smoke and lightning, heavy metal thunder,
racing with the wind" etc.). Second, the phrase "heavy metal"
occurred four years earlier in William S. Burroughs novel _Nova Express_
(1964). However, I have little doubt that the use of the phrase in
the Steppenwolf song did influence its later (1970s) application to
I missed the original post, so can't comment on the other terms.
Random House Reference