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2.6 Bark at the Moon (The Osbournes)




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

2.6 Bark at the Moon (The Osbournes)

Ozzy's next album would be "Bark at the Moon". The title track is a song
about a creature (werewolf) who has come back to seek revenge on those who
scorned and buried him. The video portrays Ozzy being confined to an asylum
because he was a mad scientist. In the asylum he sees this werewolf running
around chasing him. This song, like his earlier songs would supposedly
affect his listeners in negative ways, read on:

"Rock Sparks Stabbing", Canadian Press Association:
Halifax, Canada, 9/26/84

"...according to the Canadian Press Wire Service, the effect of heavy
metal rock music so influenced a young Canadian named James Jollimore,
that '...on New Year's Eve -1983, he went out and stabbed someone. A
friend of the defendant testified that Jollimore, 20, who is charged with
the first-degree murder of a 44 year old woman and her two sons, felt
like stabbing people when he heard music such as Ozzy Osbourne's 'Bark at
the Moon'. 'Jimmy said that every time he listened to the song he felt
strange inside,' the friend told the court. 'He said when he heard it on
New Year's Eve he went out and stabbed someone.'"

[Once again the blame would be shifted from the individual to the
musician.]

Ozzy's band now consisted of Jake E. Lee on guitar, Tommy Aldridge, Don
Airey on keyboard and Bob Daisley on bass. One of the videos they filmed
for the album was the lovely ballad, "So Tired". This ballad made use of a
full orchestra. An interesting note: Ozzy also plays the parts of all the
main characters in the video. A good use of makeup art is evident. One
scene shows Ozzy in front of a mirror clenching his fists, and the mirror
shatters. While filming the video, the charge which would shatter the
mirror was too strong and the mirror exploded sending glass into Ozzy's
face.

 

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