Ozzy Osbourne turns 666 today (OK, so he’s only 66; sue me) and I expect that this surprises him nearly as much as it does the rest of us.

Now, you all know me as a discerning connoisseur of the arts, whether culinary, graphic or sonic, but there was a time in my misspent youth when I was something of a headbanger.

In those dark days all I required to drive everyone over 16 in the neighborhood completely witless was my parents’ Telefunken console stereo and any one of three albums: “Led Zeppelin,” the band’s debut LP; “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” by Iron Butterfly; and “Paranoid,” by Black Sabbath.

By laughing Satan’s spreading wings, ’tis a wonder my family was not chased from the ‘hood by angry villagers brandishing crucifixes, pitchforks and torches when I spun the volume knob all the way to the right for “War Pigs,” quite the anthem to hear thundering from the home of a WWII veteran.

You could actually see the picture window thrumming like the drums out of which Bill Ward was beating the shit, and Tony Iommi’s guitar licks killed all the flowers from Constitution to Maizeland. A neighbor’s canary almost chewed through the bars of its cage before exploding like a feathered M-80.

Today, of course, my tastes have become a good deal more refined. Either that or I’ve gone stone deaf. What?

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15 Responses to “Oz-some!”

  1. Jim isaacs Says:

    You piker, no Mothers of Invention!

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Ok, I have to confess. I came home to check on the dogs (we are dog-sitting for a good friend, so right now the hounds outnumber the humans, 5-2) and found your post. Cranked up the computer speakers to 50% to listen to War Pigs. Woo-hoo….

  3. john Says:

    If I remember, “In-a-gadda-da-vida” was a favorite of Homer and Marge Simpson — “Remember when we used to make out to this hymn?”.

  4. Russ Says:

    I once had a neighbor in a duplex that pissed me off. I turned my speakers facing the wall, put In-a-gad-da-da- vida on my stereo… turned up the volume and left for the day. The neighbor moved a couple of days later.

    whatever happened to the jerseys?

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Chicago, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Santana, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker did the trick for me back then. And right after I got out of the Army, 1972, I walk into a music store and what did I hear?

    Did I buy the album? Absolutely!

  6. sherkat Says:

    Zappadan Eve….God is Dead…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhhOU5FUPBE

  7. Ira Says:

    Caught Black Sabbath on tour last year, and man, Ozzy still has some chops. The rest of the band was spot on too. Bill Ward didn’t join them, but they had a young guy pound the living hell out of the drum kit. One of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and being “mature”, I remember it all.

  8. Steve O Says:

    First album in 15 years?

    Rock or Bust by AC/DC

  9. Jeff Cozad Says:

    The Foo Fighter’s a great cover of War Pig’s on Letterman a while ago.

    Merry Zappadan to all!

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