December 03, 2008

Haflrsre Brrzzsoiet, Osture Oggnsrss!


Ozzie Ozzy (insert satanic hand-signal to Groovy Vic here) Osbourne cracks the big 6-0 today.

Now before your collective jaws come crashing down on your desks, let me make it abundantly clear that I have never heard one note of Osbourne's music, nor have I ever watched any of the "reality tee vee" stuff that has propelled his more recent popularity. To the extent that I give the man any thought, it is to pity his trainwreck of an existence.

Having said that, I must also say that I find those Sprint ads where he has to text message because nobody can understand what he's mumbling to be quite amusing.

Waaaaay back in 1982, Osbourne came to San Antonio for a concert. The same evening we happened to be going to see a performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni. The convention center arena and symphony hall were right next to each other in those days and shared a parking lot. You can imagine the bipolar nature of the crowd on the sidewalks.

This was right after Osbourne had suddenly garnered national attention from allegedly biting the head off a bat on stage. There were bats in the theatre that night and I distinctly recollect them flitting about during the Mozart, particularly in the graveyard scene. The connection was not lost on the audience and I heard numerous chuckles, mentions of the name Ozzy and cracks about "the ones that got away".

Posted by Robert at December 3, 2008 09:50 AM | TrackBack


It's "Ozzy"...he's not Ozzie Nelson.

Sorry, but I'm a big Ozzy fan.

Posted by: GroovyVic at December 3, 2008 10:33 AM

In 1985, I attended a little concert called Live Aid (well, I and 101,837 others). Of the plethora of live acts I saw that day, Black Sabbath was among the best (and I'm no fan, either). Also great were Eddie Kendricks, David Griffin with Hall & Oates, and Duran Duran, who gave surprisingly excellent live performances.
Among the worst were, also surprisingly, Tina Turner/Mick Jagger duo.

Posted by: Monica at December 3, 2008 10:36 AM

Oh, and for your musical education, I've posted a few of my favorites at my place.

Posted by: GroovyVic at December 3, 2008 10:43 AM

Duran Duran is dead to me!!


Posted by: GroovyVic at December 3, 2008 10:45 AM

GASP! Why?

Posted by: Monica at December 3, 2008 10:48 AM

Ozzy's music isn't too bad done 14th-century style.

Posted by: Don at December 3, 2008 11:34 AM

A variety of reasons, really...

Posted by: GroovyVic at December 3, 2008 11:44 AM

I believe Duran Duran (and Ozzie to, BTW) have already gotten their unicorns. And lollipop trees.

Crazy Train was about the only real heavy metal (1970s onward) album I bought (I'm discounting Pink Floyd, though a lot of their earlier stuff could count as well).

Posted by: rbj at December 3, 2008 02:09 PM