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On this date (March 5th) in 2002, The first episode of “The Osbournes” aired on MTV in the US.
It focused on the domestic life of the metal madman Ozzy Osbourne and his family. (Wife/manager Sharon, and two of their three children). The Osbournes oldest daughter, Aimee, refused to participate in the show and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. In most family photos during the series, she is either absent or blurred.
Supposedly, oblivious to the camera, the family bickered, squabbled, and cursed a ton on the show! (In my house we used to play a game where we tried to count how many bleeps there were in an episode due to the excessive profanity!)
The series also followed the family as they dealt with major events such as Sharon’s battle with cancer, and the aftermath of an ATV accident that nearly killed Ozzy. It was long suspected in fan circles that “The Osbournes” was actually staged. These suspicions were partly confirmed by Jack and Kelly, who stated in an interview that some of the antics on the show, were arranged by MTV producers. However, Ozzy’s publicist denied these claims. In its first season, the show was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV! The final episode aired on March 21, 2005.
In 2014, Sharon Osbourne announced that eight new episodes would hopefully be filmed in January 2015; they would serve as a catch-up for the original series as well as a chance for Ozzy to appear on the show sober, following his admission that he was intoxicated during every recording for the series’ original run. However, Sharon said in 2015 that the show’s filming would not continue, and that she and MTV had not continued their discussion about the show since they announced its revival. The new episodes that were filmed have yet to be released. Who knows maybe we’ll see them some time in the future!
‘The Osbourne Family Album’ was a various artists compilation album based on the television series “The Osbournes” with the songs selected by the family. It included the theme song, a “Crazy Train” cover version recorded by neighbor Pat Boone, as well as contributions by Ozzy and Kelly. The songs were interspersed with dialogue (uncensored) from the show. Released on June 12, 2002, it was dedicated to daughter Aimee, who again chose not to participate in the tv show. The album was released during the second season of the series.
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Chosen by Jack Osbourne, System of a Down’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “Snowblind” was originally released on the Nativity in Black II – Sabbath tribute album from 2000.
The theme song for the show is a cover of Ozzy’s signature solo song “Crazy Train”, done by Pat Boone in a jazz-swing style.
‘1919★Eternal’ is the third album by Black Label Society. It was released on March 5, 2002 and was written for or dedicated to Zakk Wylde’s father, Jerome F. Wielandt, a World War II veteran who had participated in the events of D-Day at Omaha Beach as well as Normandy. He died recently before the release of the album. The album artwork is based on German Nazi propaganda posters that used to recruit Dutchmen into the Schutzstaffel (SS).
Five songs from the album sessions were written by Zakk Wylde for Ozzy Osbourne’s album ‘Down to Earth’. Ozzy rejected the songs because they were “too Black Label”, so Zakk kept them for this album. The songs were “Bleed for Me”, “Life, Birth, Blood, Doom”, “Demise of Sanity”, an alternate piano version of “Bridge to Cross”, and a demo presumably called “I’ll Find the Way”. The latter two were never released. These original demo songs featured drummer Christian Werr, a friend of Zakk’s who happened to be in the right place at the right time to record the tracks. Later, when Zakk went to re-record these demos for 1919 Eternal, Christian’s drum tracks were used for “Bleed for Me”, “Life, Birth, Blood, Doom”, and “Demise of Sanity”, which is why Craig Nunenmacher does not appear on these songs. This album also featured Robert Trujillo, best known for his role as the current bass player for Metallica. He was also a member of Suicidal Tendencies, their funk metal side-project supergroup, Infectious Grooves, and he has worked with Jerry Cantrell and been in Ozzy’s band.
“Demise of Sanity” is the third track on ‘1919★Eternal’
“Life, Birth, Blood, Doom” is the fourth track on ‘1919★Eternal’
“Battering Ram” is the sixth track on ‘1919★Eternal’
Tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ I am giving you a couple of kickass collaborations!
“Goodbye Lament” is the third track and the first single from ‘IOMMI’ the debut solo album by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi that was released in 2000. It features Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) on vocals and drums. And the legendary Brian May (Queen), plays some guitar on the track as well. Even though it was the big radio single, if I recall, it didn’t get all that much airplay. At least truly not the attention it deserved. (Except of course KILO is the exception because we played the hell out of it when it first came out! And we still do occasionally.)
“Stillborn” is a song from the 2003 Black Label Society album ‘The Blessed Hellride’. The song was also released as a single. Ozzy appears in the song on the chorus singing along with Zakk, though his name was not used to promote it. He is credited inside the CD booklet, however, due to Ozzy being on Sony Records at the time, Spitfire Records (Zakk’s label) was not allowed to promote this song with Ozzy’s name – instead a sticker on the cover of the album said “featuring special guest star” only! Zakk’s own vocal style sounded quite similar to Ozzy for this record, as he has had been singing backup for Ozzy for years when they worked together. Carrying Ozzy when he was ill or losing his voice while on tour.
The video was directed by Rob Zombie, featuring his signature style, zombies, war pigs and a regular female cameo, Rob Zombie’s smoking hot wife; Sheri Moon Zombie! Because as we all know, Rob puts her into everything he does. Hey, no complaints here! The idea for the video came while they toured together on Ozzfest.
“Loner” is the third single from Black Sabbath’s 2013 studio album ’13’, the first being “God Is Dead?”. Although the album version did not chart, a live version of the song was officially released as a single via Black Sabbath’s YouTube channel on 17 October 2013. The live version, featuring touring-only member Tommy Clufetos on drums, was recorded in Melbourne, Australia at the beginning of May during their reunion world tour. The performance was the world premiere of the song. As well as being officially released on YouTube, the video was also featured along with the rest of the concert on the band’s album and film ‘Live… Gathered in Their Masses’.
“Life Won’t Wait” is the fourth track and third single off of Ozzy’s eleventh and final solo studio album ‘Scream’ released in 2010. This is a somewhat inspirational song and it’s meaning is exactly what it says, life wont wait. It’s passing you by, day by day, minute by minute and how you need to go out and live it to the fullest before it passes you by! Life is what you make of it so work hard for what you want and never take it for granted! (Ozzy has lived a full life, so he has a lot of wisdom to share! Are you listening?) The song was announced in the Production Notes, but not actually played during the end credits for the horror film Saw 3D.
Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi, born February 19, 1948 is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the four founding members of Black Sabbath. At the age of 17 Tony lost the tips of the middle and ring finger on his right hand in an industrial accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. Inspired by jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt’s two-fingered playing, Iommi decided to try playing guitar again, though the injury made it quite painful to do so, he fitted homemade thimbles to his injured fingers to extend and protect them; made from old Fairy Liquid dish soap bottles – “melted ’em down, got a hot soldering iron and shaped ’em like fingers” – then he cut sections from a leather jacket to cover his new homemade prosthetics. Then he re-strung his guitar with used banjo strings and began tuning his guitar to lower pitches, sometimes as far as three semitones below standard guitar tuning which crucially affected his playing style and his signature sound as well as the foundation of ‘Heavy Metal’ was born! And as they say the rest is rock and roll or metal history!
Tony Iommi is arguably the most important player in the history of metal. His awesomely heavy riffs served as the basic blueprint for subsequent bands, and of course, Sabbath’s dark imagery and presentation prestaged basically every other metal act. He is the Almighty Riff-Master and the true “Godfather of Heavy Metal!” He is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and highly influential in the genre. Countless artists and musicians cite him as inspiration to date.
In 2000, Tony Iommi finally released his first legitimate solo album, titled ‘Iommi’. The album featured several guest vocalists and musicians that included this one featuring Henry Rollins. The album took nearly five years to make. All of the songs were written by Iommi, producer Bob Marlette and the respective vocalists of each track (except “Black Oblivion”, which was written by Iommi and Billy Corgan).
“Let It Down Easy” is a track that was originally recorded during the ‘Fused’ album sessions. ‘Fused’ is a solo album by Tony Iommi, that released in 2005. The album also features vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes, (who briefly fronted Black Sabbath in the mid-80s, assuming vocal duties on the ‘Seventh Star.’ Glenn Hughes commonly known as “The Voice of Rock” for good reason, of course; he is best known for playing bass and performing vocals for funk rock pioneers Trapeze and Deep Purple, The Hughes Turner Project, Gary Moore, Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham, again briefly fronting Black Sabbath in the mid-1980’s and several of his own solo albums. He is favorite of Tony Iommi’s to work with, other than Sabbath’s ‘Seventh Star’ they have recorded two solo albums together, the aforementioned ‘Fused’ in ’05 and the ‘The 1996 DEP Sessions.’ And now that Sabbath is supposedly done, or retired Toni has talked about working with Glenn again sometime in the very near future.
Tony Iommi has played on some of the darkest tracks in the history of metal, but one of his latest inspirations is something a little more heavenly. The guitar great penned a new track called “How Good It Is” back in January for the Birmingham Cathedral, expressing his desire to give something back to his hometown. The song features Iommi on acoustic guitar, backed by the men and boys Cathedral Choir. It was lyrically inspired by Psalm 133. “It was great to be involved with the Cathedral and do something for it,” Iommi stated in a Birmingham Cathedral news piece. Tony Iommi worked with his friend the Dean of Birmingham on this five-minute arrangement, which celebrates peace, harmony and the Cathedral’s role in the heart of the city.
Ozzy continued his solo success with ‘The Ultimate Sin’, his fourth studio album, which was originally released on Feb. 22, 1986, and it was remastered and re-issued on Aug. 22, 1995. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first and only Ozzy album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who co-wrote the album’s hit single “Shot in the Dark”. Drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford’s band, also makes his recording debut.
Work on the album began in the Ozzman’s absence as he was undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol abuse at the Betty Ford Clinic. Overweight and teetering on the edge of some serious health issues, he was so out of it when wife and manager Sharon admitted him that he believed her when she told him it was “a club where they would teach him to drink like a gentleman” — and seeking to take advantage of that, he even asked Mrs. Ford herself where he could find the bar after checking in! He ultimately made it through the program and claimed to embrace a healthier lifestyle, at least for the time being. As we all know he’d continue to struggle with chemical dependency off and on for over several years throughout his career.
After returning from the Center in ’85, Ozzy was presented with a substantial quantity of music written by guitarist Jake E. Lee. Much of this music would form the basis of the album. The album’s lyrics were largely written by long-time Ozzy bassist and lyricist Bob Daisley. Daisley left the band prior to recording after having a disagreement with Ozzy, prompting the hiring of Soussan as his replacement.
The working title for the album was Killer of Giants, after the song of the same name. Ozzy changed the title to ‘The Ultimate Sin’ at the last minute. In 1987, after the various tours in support of the album had concluded, guitarist Jake E. Lee was unexpectedly fired via a telegram from Sharon. The specific justification for his dismissal remains unknown. And Soussan — who had his own disagreement over songwriting credits with the Osbourne’s — also exited, clearing the way for Daisley’s return and the introduction of new guitarist Zakk Wylde.
“The Ultimate Sin” is the opening track on Ozzy’s fourth studio album of the same name.
“Shot in the Dark” is the ninth and final track on his 1986 solo album ‘The Ultimate Sin.’
Despite its initial success, Ozzy has tended to look back on ‘The Ultimate Sin’ with a lot of disdain. Sadly the album has since been deleted from his catalogue and was not reissued or remastered along with the rest of his albums in 2002 (same for Just Say Ozzy and Live & Loud). The story goes that the continuing legal struggle between Ozzy and bassist/songwriter Phil Soussan over “Shot in the Dark” is responsible for the album’s failure to be re-issued. And the fact that Ozzy refuses to play the track live or that the Official video for the track has since been blocked on YouTube and most if not all music sites online. And it has rarely appeared on any Ozzy greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of ‘The Ozzman Cometh’ in 1997. At one point is was said to be resolved in the early 1990’s. However according to several sources it continues to be an ongoing issue to date. The only available CD version of ‘The Ultimate Sin’ is the 1995 remasters version.
So again, ‘Black Sabbath’ the self-titled debut album by Black Sabbath was released on Friday the 13th in 1970 and it turns 47 this Monday! We continue to explore the album tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ.
“N.I.B.” is the fourth track on the album, ‘Black Sabbath’. According to bassist/lyricist Geezer Butler, the lyrics are written from the point of view of Lucifer, who falls in love with a human woman “totally changing him, and then he becomes a good person.” And contrary to popular belief, the name of that song is not an abbreviation for Nativity in Black; it was merely a reference to drummer Bill Ward’s pointed goatee at the time, which was shaped as a pen-nib. To make it more intriguing they put punctuation marks in there to make it N.I.B. By the time it got to America, they translated it to Nativity In Black”, which was later used as the title for a pair of Black Sabbath tribute albums released in ’94 and 2000.
And as you know, Ozzy and Primus re-recorded the song for the Nativity in Black II tribute album, and you hear it played frequently, here on KILO.
“N.I.B.” begins with a bass solo by Geezer Butler, titled “Bassically”, which involves the use of wah-wah pedal and was recorded in one take, as the amp’s volume control is audibly turned up before the distorted bass intro of “N.I.B.” begins.
“Wicked World” is the fourth track on the North American edition of the ‘Black Sabbath’ album. Despite being Sabbath’s very first single, “Evil Woman” was excluded from the albums release in the United States, and was replaced by its B-side “Wicked World”. Also, the North American Warner Bros. Records pressings of the ‘Black Sabbath’ album quoted incorrect running times for the song “Wicked World” and the “Warning” medley (4:30 and 14:32, respectively).
And these pressings credit the album’s original songs using the band members’ real names: Anthony Iommi, John Osbourne, Terence Butler, and William Ward. *Here’s another funny little side note. All original vinyl versions of this album; (including subsequent reissues) misspell Ozzy Osbourne as “Ossie” Osborne… and in early press material on the band you can see this typo got around for a while.
“Both fans of blues influenced hard rock and heavy metal of all sorts should find something they like on this album by Sabbath”!
‘Black Sabbath’ the eponymous debut studio album by Black Sabbath was released on Friday the 13th in 1970 and it turns 47 this Monday! Although it was poorly received by most music critics at the time, ‘Black Sabbath’ has since been credited as one of the most influential albums in the development of heavy metal music! According to guitarist and founder member Tony Iommi, it was recorded in a single day on October 16th in 1969. The session lasted twelve hours. “We thought, ‘We have two days to do it and one of the days is mixing.’ So we played live. Ozzy was singing at the same time, we just put him in a separate booth and off we went. We never had a second run of most of the stuff.” Other than the bells, thunder and rain sound effects added to the beginning of the opening track, and the double-tracked guitar solos on “N.I.B.” and “Sleeping Village”, there were virtually no overdubs added to the album.
The ‘Black Sabbath’ album cover features a depiction of Mapledurham Watermill, situated on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Standing in front of the watermill is a figure dressed in black. The name of the woman pictured on the front cover is forgotten, though Iommi said that she once showed up backstage at a Black Sabbath show and introduced herself. Not much is known about the eerie woman used in the photo other than she was a model/actress hired for the day and her name was Louise.
She may not represent death but must have done a good job of freaking out the more pharmaceutically affected Sabbath fans. And if you look closely — supposedly — she’s holding a black cat.
The inner gatefold sleeve of the original release featured an inverted cross with a poem written inside of it. Allegedly, the band were upset when they discovered this, as it fueled allegations that they were Satanists or Occultists; and Suddenly they had all these crazy people turning up at their live shows!
(In my opinion, the album “transcends its deep roots in blues-rock and psychedelia to become something more … “the birth of heavy metal as we now know it”!)
“Black Sabbath”, the opening track is based almost entirely on a tritone interval played at slow tempo on the electric guitar. This is also called the Devil’s Triad, Devil’s Interval, and Diabolus in Musica, and had a reputation for being banned by religious authority in centuries past! In the 2010 Classic Albums documentary, Geezer Butler claims the riff was inspired by “Mars, the Bringer of War”, a movement in Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Iommi reinterpreted the riff slightly and redefined the band’s direction. The song’s lyrics concern a “figure in black” which Geezer claims to have seen after waking up from a nightmare. (This is the original promo video performance of the song.)
“The Wizard” is the second track on the ‘Black Sabbath’ record. It is about a wizard who uses his magic to encourage the people he encounters. In a 2005 interview with Metal Sludge, Geezer said the lyrics were influenced by the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. It was also believed to be about the band’s drug dealer at the time. “The Wizard” was the B side to the title track of the band’s second album ‘Paranoid’.
On Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, just one day before Black Sabbath played their final show in their hometown of Birmingham, England they released a new greatest hits compilation, ‘The Ultimate Collection,’ a two-disc set filled with 31 tracks that were curated in conjunction with the band! Of course it features several of Sabbath’s classic songs (all from the original Ozzy era) including Paranoid, Iron Man, War Pigs, N.I.B. and The Wizard as well as some of the personally chosen deeper album cuts that resonated with the group. ‘The Ultimate Collection’ is available now in multiple formats including the 2-CD digital/HD formats ($19.99), and a limited edition “Crucifold” edition— which is a heavyweight 4-LP vinyl version ($59.98) produced in the shape of the cross. You can see the full track listing below.
Promo video for Black Sabbath’s ‘The Ultimate Collection,’ compilation available now.
“Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games with Me)” is a song written and recorded originally by Minneapolis-based band Crow that appeared on their 1969 album ‘Crow Music.’ A year later it was covered by Black Sabbath (simply as “Evil Woman”) on their self-titled debut album. Despite being Sabbath’s first single, it was excluded from their debut album in the United States, being replaced by its B-side “Wicked World”. The song wasn’t officially released in the US until 2002, when it appeared on the compilation ‘Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978.’
“Killing Yourself to Live” is the fifth song from Black Sabbath’s fifth studio album ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ that was released in December of 1973. It was written by bassist/ lyricist Geezer Butler while he was in hospital for kidney problems caused by heavy drinking. original drummer Bill Ward was also drinking heavily, and the song reflects the problems caused by their “extreme” lifestyles. An early incarnation of the song can be heard on the live albums Live at Last and Past Lives.
Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection Track Listing
2. Never Say Die
3. Iron Man
4. Black Sabbath
5. Children of the Grave
6. Fairies Wear Boots
8. Rat Salad
9. Sweet Leaf
10. War Pigs
11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
12. Hole in the Sky
13. Symptom of the Universe
14. Spiral Architect
15. Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor
1. Dirty Women
2. Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me
3. A Hard Road
4. Lord of This World
5. Into the Void
6. Behind the Wall of Sleep
8. Tomorrow’s Dream
9. The Wizard
11. Electric Funeral
13. Killing Yourself to Live
14. Am I Going Insane
15. Wicked World
16. It’s Alright
Today (Feb. 4) in their hometown of Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath will play what appears to be their final show ever as they conclude their lengthy ‘The End’ tour! Plus earlier in the week, Tuesday (Jan. 31) a very underrated Sabbath album, ‘Cross Purposes’ turned 23. Those are tonight’s features in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ!
‘Cross Purposes’ is the seventeenth studio album by Black Sabbath that was released on Jan. 31, 1994. It marked the return of former Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin and it was the only album to feature former Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli. Geezer Butler remained with the group, although he would depart again later in the year. The album also featured Geoff Nicholls, keyboardist and longtime member of Black Sabbath, who passed away from lung cancer at the age of 68 on January 28, 2017. In July 2014, Guitar World magazine ranked Cross Purposes at number six in the “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994” list. (That’s a pretty prestigious honor seeing as how most people have never even heard of it!)
This is my favorite song from ‘Cross Purposes’ which sounds very much like Alice In Chains. But hey, I am a huge Alice in Chains fan, and AIC have admitted several times that they were very influenced by Sabbath!
Black Sabbath’s final performance will be held at the Genting Arena in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, closing it out where it all started with the humble beginnings as Polka Tulk in 1968. “My emotions are flying all over the place,” Ozzy told the BBC, as the band rehearsed at the Arena. “Since I’ve got to this building today, I’ve been happy, I’ve been tearful. Let’s see what happens.” The band have suggested there will be a few surprises when they take to the stage for the last time on Saturday night – and one of them will be Ozzy’s goodbye speech. “I’ve got to say something but I’ve nothing rehearsed,” he laughed. “I’m no good at speeches.” Fans who attend the gig on Saturday night will have their portraits taken and memories recorded, as part of the Home of Metal project. The project is also asking fans to contribute photos and memorabilia for an exhibition celebrating the legacy of Black Sabbath, which will tour internationally in 2018, followed by a summer season in Birmingham and the Black Country in 2019.
This Official video for “End of the Beginning” was filmed on the set of the season finale of CSI back in 2013.