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  • Author Existence Failure:
    • Randy Rhoads's death.
    • Randy Castillo, who played drums on The Ultimate Sin and No Rest for the Wicked, died of cancer in 2002.
  • Banned in San Antonio: Drunkenly pissing on the Alamo memorial next to the actual house while you're wearing your wife's clothes is ill-advised. Thankfully it only lasted a decade.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Close My Eyes Forever", "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (co-written by Lemmy!) and his duet with his daughter in his version of "Changes", his only #1 single.
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  • Colbert Bump: "Crazy Train" got a big one when it was used in promos for Infinity Train.
  • Creative Differences:
    • By the end, Randy Rhoads was sick of Ozzy's out-of-control drinking and drug usage, mercurial moods, and frequent show cancellations because he was too badly hungover from the night before, and his plan was to fulfill his contract and then leave the band. Ozzy has expressed great regret and taken full responsibility for his generally poor treatment of Rhoads and has made it clear that he doesn't blame him one bit for wanting out.
    • He fired Zakk Wylde because he felt that Zakk's songwriting was beginning to make his songs sound like Black Label Society and Ozzy wasn't too happy about that. This prompted him to fire Zakk, albeit on friendly terms.
    • Ozzy's also said this is why he's never worked with Rick Rubin. Rubin wanted to make a heavier, Sabbathy album while Ozzy wants to get away from that. This was also part of the wedge between Ozzy and Sabbath. Ozzy just wanted to make straight up rock music while Sabbath were experimenting with jazz and strings. Hilariously enough, Rubin is the producer on Black Sabbath's 13, which along with being the first with Ozzy since 1978 was a throwback to the band's debut album. One imagines Ozzy calling Rubin up and going "Today's your lucky day."
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  • Creator Breakdown: Had one coupled with a Heroic BSoD when his heterosexual life partner Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash. He shaved his head to avoid going on stage (his wife/manager made him go on anyway wearing a wig, which he incorporated into the show by rigging it with blood packs to make it appear as if he was tearing out his own hair) and eventually tried to kill himself. Obviously, he failed.
  • Creator Recovery: Conversely, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were the first time in years that he was having fun doing music, while No More Tears was made when Ozzy was finally able to move past the controversy and personal strife he experienced in the 1980s.
  • Creator Couple: Ozzy and his wife Sharon.
  • Dye Hard: Used to be, anyway. In the 70s his hair was his natural brown. In the 80s he dyed it blonde. Back to brown for the 90s, then when The Osbournes surfaced in 2002 he'd dyed it black with red streaks. It's brown as of 2010, but we'll have to wait and see if it stays that way.
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  • Important Haircut: After Randy Rhoads’ passing, in 1983 Ozzy had decided to cut his long locks and had dramatically short hair that looked like a long haired military buzzcut.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was an example of the trope during his 20’s when he worked with Black Sabbath.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The original version of The Ultimate Sin has been out of print since 1995. No official reason for this has been given, but it's widely believed that it's due to an unresolved legal struggle between Ozzy Osburne and songwriter Phil Soussan over the rights to the song "Shot in the Dark."
  • Old Shame: The Jake E. Lee era. Not because of the music but because in general it was a pretty miserable time in his life, mostly stemming from heavy substance abuse (which was heavy even by his standards) but also things like Randy's death, the media campaign against him and the horrible haircut.
    • Ozzy's stated in later interviews that The Ultimate Sin is still his least favorite solo album. He said that he wasn't happy with the production, and that the songs weren't structured to his liking. This might also be partially why the original album hasn't had an official reissue in over twenty years. Says something the fairly comprehensive The Essential Ozzy Osbourne has no tracks from it outside a limited edition with a third disk.
  • The Red Stapler: Randy Rhoads' use of a 1974 white (which aged to a creamy yellow) Gibson Les Paul Custom has resulted in prices for said instruments being higher than most other Les Pauls of the era, which are generally looked down on as inferior instruments to earlier and later eras.
  • Throw It In!: "No More Tears" spawned from a bass riff that Mike Inez would play during practice sessions.
  • Short-Lived, Big Impact: Randy Rhoads was definitely this during his time with Ozzy. Despite only two albums with Ozzy before his plane crash death in 1982, he has been a huge influence on subsequent generations of guitarists.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Specifically for a role in Nick Jr.'s Bubble Guppies.
  • Troubled Production: He suggested in a 1983 interview that "S.A.T.O." from Diary of a Madman, fit this trope. Late in the sessions, he and his band were given, he says, two weeks to get that song in shape, "or else it's going out as is", implying that it was in no condition for release at that time. "We did what we could to fix it," he says, and judging from the lack of negative reaction to it he believed that they had succeeded, "although there's a point about halfway through where the track level drops noticeably. Nobody else seems to notice, but I always cringe every time I hear it."
  • What Could Have Been: Originally the lineup on his first solo record was gonna be a new band named 'The Blizzard of Ozz'. Label interference changed those plans however. “You Know...” from Down to Earth was only shown one part, but a second part was probably done during the recording process, but might’ve been left unfinished, or not done due to time constraints, or other reasons. The only part of the song had a depressing tone, and a sad acoustic guitar, with lyrics like “Tried to be your father, things just made it harder, sorry if I made you cry”, but the second part might’ve explained how the depressing acoustic guitars and static TV noises’ appearance.


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