BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 6/17/18
Happy Father’s Day KILO Nation! Tonight we pay tribute to all the hard working & rocking Dads out there!
“Junior’s Eyes” is the 3rd track on Never Say Die! the eighth studio album by Black Sabbath, released in September 1978. It was the last studio album with the band’s original lineup and also the last to feature original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne until 13 in 2013.
Prior to recording, Ozzy briefly quit the band and was temporarily replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker. The band wrote a handful of songs with Walker, with that short-lived line-up even performing an early version of what would later become “Junior’s Eyes” on the BBC programme Look Hear. Ozzy eventually rejoined the band, refusing to sing any of the songs written with Walker so they were were redone, including “Junior’s Eyes”, which was rewritten to be about the then-recent death of Ozzy’s father John Thomas “Jack” Osbourne.
“The Chosen One” is the 6th song on Pride and Glory, Zakk Wylde’s first self-fronted band and album. It has more of a Southern rock sound than any of his other albums incorporating the likes of banjo, harmonica and mandolin.
Upon its release, their one and only album was seen as an almost complete departure from the music Zakk was known for with Ozzy, but the album’s dominant Southern rock sound proved to remain a prevalent influence on Zakk’s own music including the debut Black Label Society album Sonic Brew. Zakk’s songwriting skills come to the forefront; as there is a great deal of variety and the songs themselves are very dynamic, with a very loose jam-band feel to a number of them.
Coming together in ’91, during the No More Tours supposed-retirement tour for Ozzy, the band was originally named Lynyrd Skynhead due to their predominant southern rock influence. Zakk abandoned the project and went on to rlease first solo-album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. After that he formed Black Label Society in 1998, which remains his current band, as well as being back in as the gunslinger for Ozzy’s band as well!
The song “The Chosen One” was written about Zakk’s father Jerome F. Wielandt, who passed away in 2009. Zakk said his father, served as an inspiration to him and his music throughout his life. His influence on his life and the life of others has motivated him in ways that have been both unexpected and profound. “My father meant more than the world to me, and his passing will no doubt influence my direction in life and career as this new year continues to unfold.”