BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 10/15/17
Released on 16 October 2001, Down to Earth is the eighth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne. It is the only Ozzy studio album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves) who left to join Metallica in 2003. And prior to joining Ozzy’s band he was a member of Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. This was also the first Ozzy album to feature drummer Mike Bordin, of Faith No More. And though he plays on the album, long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde did not contribute as a songwriter for the first time since joining Ozzy’s band in 1988 and this was due to many of the songs being written before Wylde rejoined the band. Zakk was actually out of the band from about 1995 until his return in 2001. He had left to form and focus on his band Black Label Society during that hiatus. Ozzy’s previous guitarist Joe Holmes was involved in the writing process as well as outside songwriters.
“Gets Me Through” is the first track from the Down to Earth album in which Ozzy thanks his fans and attempts to set the record straight that his stage persona is precisely that and nothing more, stating, “I’m not the Anti-Christ or the Iron Man”. In the first draft of the music video, pictures of flames, and destruction were featured but due to the events of 9/11, MTV said that they would not air it, so in return Ozzy sent back a cut version instead.
“Dreamer” is the third track from Down to Earth. The song describes the Ozzy’s vision of a better world for his children, where they are happy and safe. The song itself is thematically and musically similar to Lennon’s “Imagine”. In the liner notes to Ozzy’s Prince of Darkness box set, he refers to this song as his “Imagine”. Ozzy has named John Lennon many times as his hero. Rob Zombie directed the original video. He toured with Ozzy that year on the “Merry Mayhem” tour. A second video was also produced, featuring highlights from “The Osbournes” TV show. The Japanese and European press of the single also include a slightly different version of the song Dreamer, dubbed on the single “Dreamer (acoustic)”, and a previously unreleased song titled “Black Skies”.