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.
  • Adorkable: Watch any interview. Ozzy has such a lovable charisma and sense of humor.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "I Don't Wanna Stop", "Mr. Crowley", "Shot In The Dark", "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", "Shot In The Dark", 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.
    • "You Can't Kill Rock & Roll", for anyone who's ever had to deal with Fan Haters.
  • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of his drug/alcohol excursions in his autobiography enter this realm. For example, after blacking out and sleeping with a groupie on the road, a furious Sharon made Ozzy get an HIV test. The results initially came back positive, but the doctors felt something was off and ran another test. Turned out Ozzy didn't have HIV, but he'd ingested so much drugs and alcohol his white blood cell count was low enough for a false positive. The doctor proceeded to encourage Ozzy to get sober and improve his health, but Ozzy himself said he wasn't even listening because he wanted to hit the pub and celebrate being HIV-free.
  • 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.
    • He screams at most of the people that sit beside him to scare him in the wax mueseum clip. Then a little girl sits beside him.
    Ozzy: (chipper and decidedly quieter) Hullo!
  • 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 —— is Justin Bieber? Also, the bat incident — to the point of Never Live It Down status.
  • Narm Charm: Arguably a major part of what makes Ozzy great.
  • 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:
    • Aside from his music, well... he's known for terrible things such as biting the head off a bat. He didn't know it was a real bat when he did it, but that didn't stop him from biting the head off a live dove during a meeting with his label. To this day, some people still remember Ozzy for that incident rather than for his music.
    • Allegedly, he once snorted a line of live ants. *shudder*
    • Randy Rhoads' autopsy report, which can be found with a minor amount of digging on a fansite, specifically the summary of the external body examination. After all; while everyone on the plane was supposedly dead on impact, the plane still exploded when it crashed...
    • A few songs on No Rest For The Wicked ("Devil's Daughter", "Fire In The Sky" and especially "Bloodbath In Paradise"). "No More Tears" is this once you know what it's about (which many people, either fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, don't).
    • "Mr. Tinkertrain" is sung from the perspective of a pedophile and its lyrics are highly disturbing, with the narrator gloating about the mental scarring he inflicts on his victims and making references to abduction, sex toys and sexual slavery. Worst of all: he gets away with it.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Blizzard of Ozz and Bark at the Moon features Don Airey on keyboards before he played for Deep Purple.
    • After his tenure in Ozzy's solo band, Tommy Aldridge went on to take part of Whitesnake alongside his fellow bandmate Rudy Sarzo.
    • Randy Castillo went on to play with Mötley Crüe until his death.
  • Signature Song: "Crazy Train"
  • 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.
      • Subverted. While some of the compilation albumsnote  and the physical CD copies still include the 2002 Remixed versions, the digital releases of Bark at the Moon have the original mix with both Jake E. Lee’s guitar and the synths parts intact.
  • Vindicated by History: Jake E. Lee was viewed with indifference at the very best just because he wasn't Randy during his initial run, but as the years have gone on, popular opinion of him has shifted greatly and he's now viewed as a very talented, creative, and unique player in his own right who never got his due.
    • On that note, his second (and final) album with Ozzy The Ultimate Sin is this to some extent. The album was, upon release, lambasted by both critics and fans for its Hair Metal influence. Over the years, the album has gotten a bit of a second wind, with fans arguing that it's one of Ozzy's best post-Randy Rhoads efforts.
  • 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.
    • That said, Sharon still played a major part in Ozzy not dying, so even if she is a ruthless businesswoman, we do at least have her to thank for Ozzy still being alive on some level.
    • As Bob Daisley tells it Sharon was very much this. According to him, in the early days of Ozzy's post-Sabbath career Sharon had minimal involvement and they played and wrote as a band called Blizzard of Ozz. Sharon then took over and rebranded the project as Ozzy's solo career, with the other musicians being reduced to session players. They has resulted in decades long conflicts over credits and royalties, not just with Daisley but with Jake E. Lee and Phil Soussan as well.


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