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YMMV: Ozzy Osbourne

  • Accidental Aesop: "Suicide Solution", which was a song talking about the risks of alcoholism, was mistaken for a song with pro-suicide messages.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "I Don't Wanna Stop", "Mr. Crowley", "Crazy Train", "Perry Mason", "Gets Me Through", "I Don't Know"... let's just make the page a whole lot shorter and say almost everything this man has ever made, ever. Quite a few, like "I Don't Wanna Stop", "Let Me Hear You Scream", and "Crazy Train" double as Ear Worms.
    • Scream, is solid proof Ozzy has not and never will lose his edge.
    • The title track to "Diary of a Madman" is possibly Ozzy's greatest.
  • Badass Decay: Back in the 1980s Ozzy was calling himself "The Prince of Darkness" and was the worst nightmare of Moral Guardians everywhere (which, of course, made him irresistible to rebellious youngsters who wanted to scare their parents). These days a lot of young people know him mainly as a reality TV show dad who mumbles a lot.
    • It doesn't help that he is, moreso in solo efforts than anything he's doing with Black Sabbath, still trying to come off as evil when he's remembered more for being the Bumbling Dad on an early-Aughties reality show. In all fairness, though, Seinfeld Is Unfunny and Ozzy was one of the first to do the whole "evil" act.
  • Broken Base: In the forms of:
    • Black Sabbath vs. Ozzy
    • Jake E. Lee vs. Zakk Wylde
    • Randy Rhoads vs. Everybody else
  • Crazy Awesome: Emphasis on the crazy.
  • Dork Age: Ozzy's fourth album, The Ultimate Sin, stinks of the glam metal that was taking over at that time. When it was deleted from his catalog for legal reasons there weren't many complaints heard, except from the people who say its his last great album and think Zakk Wylde sucks.
    • Yet it has "Shot in the Dark".
  • Ear Worm:
    I'm going off the rails on the Crazy Train...
  • Epileptic Trees: "The Prince Of Darkness" may be a Fan Nickname or an Appropriated Appellation.
  • Funny Moments: A Ozzy exhibit at the Madame Tussaud museum in NYC is... not what it seems.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Originally written as a farewell to Black Sabbath, "Goodbye to Romance" takes on a new meaning when you think about Randy Rhoads' death. Try to listen to the inspired version featured on the Tribute album without getting emotional.
    • The entire nature of The Osbournes show in general; a later special from the BBC years later after Ozzy had finally gotten sober and cleaned up revealed just how much of a mess the entire family was at the time. Looking back, it's difficult to not feel that Ozzy and family were exploited pretty horribly by MTV.
  • Ho Yay: Ozzy and Randy Rhoads were dripping with Ho Yay. There was a little with Zakk Wylde, too, but it was mostly Rhoads. This has actually led to Rhoads/Osbourne Slash Fic.
  • Memetic Mutation: Who the fuck is Justin Bieber? Also, the bat incident — to the point of Never Live It Down status.
  • Never Live It Down: The bat incident. Media portrayals would have you believe that he does it on a regular basis, but in reality, it only happened once, and Ozzy thought it was a toy rubber bat. He certainly didn't enjoy the experience, as in addition to the sudden nasty feeling of blood in his mouth, he had to get a series of very painful rabies vaccinations, and he clearly wishes he hadn't done it.
    • To the point where he writes in his autobiography, I Am Ozzy: "You know, I already know what they're gonna put on my tombstone. " 'Here lies Ozzy Osbourne. Born 1948, Died whenever. He bit the head off of a bat.' "
    • To a lesser degree, urinating on the Alamo.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Gus G is being treated like this by some fans after replacing long-time band member Zakk Wylde.
    • Brad Gillis, Bernie Torme and Jake E. Lee had to deal with this as each of them were in Ozzy's band immediately after Randy Rhoads died.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Many believe that No More Tears was Ozzy's first good album since Diary of a Madman.
  • Signature Song: "Crazy Train"
  • Tear Jerker: "Close My Eyes Forever"
    • Randy Rhoads' death. The way Ozzy and Rudy Sarzo [ex-bassist of the band] put it in their books is chilling. In Sarzo's book, you get to know every member of the band with particular focus on Sarzo himself and Rhoads. Then the chapter about Randy's death comes along, and this particular segment hits you out of nowhere.
    ... I went for a walk and came upon a church down the street from the motel. I walked in and noticed that the place was empty except for one lonely soul on his knees praying near the altar. I too wanted to be alone so I kept my distance as I knelt down at a pew near the entrance and prayed. As I closed my eyes and wept, I could hear him sobbing uncontrollably. Even in my darkest hour I couldn't help but feel compassion towards someone who seemed to be in more agony than myself. Suddenly, he let out a bone-chilling moan that reverberated throughout the church. "Why! Why?!" he cried. I raised my head and looked over at him. It was Ozzy.
    • See You On The Other Side. SEE YOU ON THE OTHER FUCKING SIDE. It's a song about what Ozzy thinks will happen once he dies and crosses over to the titular other side, and how he tells those he loves that are grieving that they'll see each other on the other side. It might be a ballad to Sharon, or just to everyone he cares about, nobody really knows. It's still sad as all get out though. The line "God knows I'll see you/I'll see you on the other side" is what really gets a lot of people.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The 2002 remasters of Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman had the bass and drums completely redone by Ozzy's then-current bassist and drummer, apparently over a long-standing royalty dispute with Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake (the original musicians on the aforementioned albums). While some didn't mind the changes, most feel that the changes made these two albums near-unlistenable. The 2011 thirtieth anniversary rerelease of both albums, however, reverted the tracks to their original forms, so most fans are happy again.
    • A similar incident happened with Bark at the Moon; the album was remixed and several lead guitar parts and synths were toned down or removed entirely. Unlike the first two albums, this has yet to be rectified.
  • The Woobie: A lot of metalheads want to meet Randy Rhoads in the afterlife just to hug him and say that they're sorry he had to go out like he did. Ozzy himself is one, too, with some Tragic Hero thrown in for good measure. Between how he reacted to Randy's death and his incredibly depressing life story, told in his autobiography I Am Ozzy and the rock doc on him that his son Jack directed, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, one might find themselves wanting to reach into the book or through the screen to give the poor sap a big hug, even if he does screw up a lot.
  • Yoko Oh No: Sharon Osbourne used to avert this, since she was responsible for the success of the solo career of her husband, but nowadays, she plays this straight. Ask Iron Maiden.

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