ACCEPT – FAST AS A SHARK – FROM THE VAULT
Today we take a trip back to 1982 with Accept and a song from their fourth album, Restless and Wild called Fast As A Shark.
The song which begins with a crackly old children’s recording of a traditional German tune titled “Ein Heller und ein Batzen” (A Farthing and a Penny) ended up causing Accept some controversy as the song had been a popular marching song during the Nazi era, which the band was unaware of at the time. The song is ranked at #33 in Martin Popoff’s book, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs Of All Time.
The album lineup includes: Udo Dirkschneider – vocals, Wolf Hoffmann – all guitars, Stefan Kaufmann – drums, Peter Baltes – bass and Herman Frank – guitar (although credited he didn’t actually perform) and Fast As A Shark is often credited as one of the first speed metal songs.
Accept have reunited on a few occasions and are still touring today with former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo after original singer Udo had announced in 2009, that he would not return to the Accept fold. Their album Stalingrad was released earlier this year.
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