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2.4 Wife as manager/Speak of the Devil (The Osbournes)




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This article is from the The Osbourne FAQ, by Mike L. with numerous contributions by others.

2.4 Wife as manager/Speak of the Devil (The Osbournes)

"I am something of a madman. I can do nothing in moderation. If it's
booze, I drink the place dry. If it's drugs, I take everything and then
scrape the carpet for little crumbs. I took LSD everyday for years - I was
spending about $1000 a week on drugs... I OD'd about a dozen times."
...Ozzy on his addictions

Once married, the better deal they had hoped for fell through.
Sharon did not want her father controlling Ozzy's future any more.
It was decided that the two of them would buy out Ozzy's contract
from her father. Before they could buy out Ozzy's management and
recording contracts, Ozzy still had to deliver an album under his
old contract. Since he wanted out badly, the result was the
purposely low-budget live album "Speak of the Devil". This album
was a live concert recorded Sept. 26 and 27th at The Ritz in New
York. After the album was done, Ozzy could then leave his contract
with Sharon's father.

Don would not give it up so easily though, even for his own daughter. The
newly married couple, not having much money, had to buy Ozzy's contract for
over $1.5 million dollars from her father. Sharon has not spoken with her
father since. Speak of the devil was released in November of 1982.

The runes on the border of the 'Speak of the Devil' album and inside cover
actually translate into meaningful phrases. The translation is found in
Ozzy's autobiography book:

"Howdy! Dial-A-Demon productions in conjunction with graveyard graphics
proudly presents the madman of rock dumping into El Satanos toiletto. "
"A tribute to Randy Rhoads, the axeman. That kid was my lifeline, you
know?
He was such a dynamic player and I'd rather not talk about it anymore
because it cuts me up every day of my life.
Randy Rhoads rest in peace and love."

One of the conditions for the transfer of Ozzy's contract from Don to
Sharon was that she get him to enroll in the Betty Ford center for his
drinking problems. She did this by telling him she was "going to teach him
to drink like a gentleman". Ozzy took this to mean that he would learn how
to drink properly, not at all what the Betty Ford center was for. When he
showed up, he asked where he could find the bar. It didn't take long to
find out that at Betty Ford there is no bar! Ozzy would also begin work on
his next album, Bark at the Moon.

 

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