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Friday 5: Five Awesome Ozzy Jams

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Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. Today let’s OZZY!

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THE FIVE

Five Mind-Blowing Ozzy Jams

THE LISTER

Anso DFMetalSucks contributor

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1. “Crazy Babies”
from No Rest For The Wicked | Epic, 1988

In 1988, “Crazy Babies” sounded legit scary. Its vibe is of taunting and flaunting, of Ozzy getting flagrant in the face of political pressure. Its sexy lady backing vocals reminded us of then-recent hits by Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), but here they just made Ozzy sound more deranged. “Nobody’s gonna change me, change me/ So you better not try.” Or what!? You’ll stab us?

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2. “I Just Want You”
from Ozzmosis | Epic, 1995

Once your stomach has been steeled by Aerosmith’s most hyper-produced, ten-credit songoids, you can easily take down a heinously overwritten Ozzy jam like “I Just Want You.” It’s really loud, it shares a melody with Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita,” and its solo got its nuts bitten off — still it’s a lovely thought. Well, until you consider the probability that the song is for his wife. If he’s like me, he’s singing it to a bag of chips.

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3. “Flying High Again”
from Diary Of A Madman | Epic, 1981

Ozzy to Earth: “Let’s fucking PARTY!!!”

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4. “Breaking All The Rules”
from No Rest For The Wicked | Epic, 1988

The first video from No Rest For The Wicked shows Ozzy in a church with lots of pigs, just shredding that skunk Jerry Falwell. The second video is Ozzy inhabiting an evil nightmare with feral pre-teens. But for the third single, Ozzy lightened up and had some fun. In its video he’s seen smiling and being a relatable dude. (Soon he’d be recast as a doddering peacenik.) Even with a minute hacked off in little pieces, the jam rips, like a sequel to “Flying High Again” and equally packed with sage Ozzyisms: “Set your mind free of them.” Let’s crank the album version. Stay for the awesome outro.

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5. “Fool Like You”
from The Ultimate Sin | CBS, 1986

Me and my friends went through hell to get this album, long story short. Major pre-internet underage debacle. But totally worth it!

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