If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a big fan of the 1980s hard rock scene. Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Poison were some of the biggest bands back then. When it comes to solo artists, there was none bigger than Ozzy Osbourne. He always picked great guitarists to play on his records: Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde. If anyone is deserving of the JT’s Ultimate Mixtape treatment, it is Ozzy Osbourne.
The rules are simple:
- Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
- That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the artist to promote said album.
- Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixes of songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
- Live albums are a waste of time. This is a general rule that applies to most, but Ozzy’s Tribute album is obviously exempt.
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition…
- “Crazy Train” (Blizzard Of Ozz, 1980)
- “Over The Mountain” (Diary Of A Madman, 1981)
- “War Pigs” (Speak of the Devil, 1982)
- “Bark At The Moon” (Bark at the Moon, 1983)
- “Shot In The Dark” (The Ultimate Sin, 1986)
- “Suicide Solution” (Tribute, 1987)
- “Crazy Babies” (No Rest for the Wicked, 1988)
- “No More Tears” (No More Tears, 1991)
- “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (Live & Loud, 1993)
- “I Just Want You” (Ozzmosis, 1995)
- “Back On Earth” (The Ozzman Cometh, 1997)
- “Dreamer” (Down to Earth, 2001)
- “Sunshine Of Your Love” (Under Cover, 2005)
- “I Don’t Wanna Stop” (Black Rain, 2007)
- “Let Me Hear You Scream” (Scream, 2010)
Ten very solid studio albums, three live albums, a compilation and a covers album are all represented on JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Ozzy Osbourne edition. But, as always, we’ve got to have some bonus tracks. It was hard to whittle this list down, and I didn’t even include any Black Sabbath material (that will come later…oooh, foreshadowing).
- Was (Not Was) “Shake Your Head (Let’s Go To Bed)” (Born to Laugh at Tornadoes, 1983)
- Lita Ford “Close My Eyes Forever” (Lita, 1988)
- Gary Moore “Led Clones” (After the War, 1989)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Purple Haze” (Stairway to Heaven/Highway to Hell, 1989)
- Bill Ward “Bombers (Can Open Bomb Bays)” (Ward One: Along the Way, 1990)
- Alice Cooper “Hey Stoopid” (Hey Stoopid, 1991)
- Infectious Grooves “Therapy” (The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move…It’s The Infectious Grooves, 1991)
- Motörhead “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” (March Or Die, 1992)
- Ozzy Osbourne with Miss Piggy “Born To Be Wild” (Kermit Unpigged, 1994)
- Ozzy Osbourne “Walk On Water” (Beavis And Butt-Head Do America, 1996)
- Ringo Starr “Vertical Man” (Vertical Man, 1998)
- Rick Wakeman “Buried Alive” (Return To The Centre Of The Earth, 1999)
- Coal Chamber “Shock The Monkey” (Chamber Music, 1999)
- Tony Iommi “Who’s Fooling Who” (Iommi, 2000)
- Rob Zombie “Iron Head” (The Sinister Urge, 2001)
- Black Label Society “Stillborn” (The Blessed Hellride, 2003)
- Mountain “Masters Of War” (Masters of War, 2007)
- Slash “Crucify The Dead” (Slash, 2010)
- Eminem “Going Through Changes” (Recovery, 2010)
Man, this guy gets around! And I didn’t even include everything that I could have! Of course, the duet with Lita is a no-brainer, but Ozzy has really contributed a lot of great material to other bands.
What’s on your Ultimate Mixtape for Ozzy? Try to stick to the rules laid out above!
Day 29 – Your least favorite horror film of all time…
I have never been more disappointed in a movie than I was in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II. After the fantastic remake of the original Halloween, I was heartbroken to see this. I went opening night and left the theater nearly in tears. The white horse? Did Michael die? Did Laurie become the killer? I was so confused and befuddled by nearly everything on the screen, it was maddening. It started out promising, in the hospital just like the original sequel, but quickly devolved into meaninglessness. Much like this post has done.
Day 17 – Your favorite horror film remake…
Not a difficult one here…the first movie that came to my mind was Rob Zombie‘s HALLOWEEN. The original by John Carpenter is one of the best holiday-themed horror movies ever made (where is that category?), but Zombie did a great job of updating the story without destroying it. At least in the first film.
I haven’t returned to GABP since Opening Day, and I really have no idea when I’ll be going back. The whole bullpen situation, and Volquez cheating, and Chapman being held back because of money, and Hanigan not being utilized properly…it’s very frustrating. Why should I give my hard-earned money to a bunch of whiny cheaters and their manager who doesn’t know how to manage?
I’m sure I will go back eventually, probably this summer after the kids are out of school and I don’t have to worry about “bedtime” so much. And I plan to attend a Washington Nationals game this summer when I visit the nation’s capital (is that correct usage? or is it Capitol?), and a Baltimore Orioles game later that week. So I may have some Birds and Nats cards in a couple of months. But baseball has really taken a backseat to other ventures and hobbies that I have at the moment.
For example, my radio show Hard Rock Nights is picking up steam. We’ll be making our debut on Arrow 95.9 in Panama City, FL, this coming Saturday with an appearance by Gary Cherone from Extreme. Next week guitarist John 5 from Rob Zombie’s band will be the guest.
Another thing I’ve got in the back of my mind has to do with the month of May, which happens to be Zombie Awareness Month. I will do something throughout the month on this blog…don’t know if it will be every day or not, but it will start on May 1 (this coming Saturday) and it will be more than just the first day of the month. So look for that this weekend.
I have other things brewing, some which will show up on this blog and some which won’t. But for now, baseball cards and current baseball is taking a backseat.
Tyler Mane (Michael Myers) called me on the phone recently. It was pre-arranged, a segment for the Hard Rock Nights radio show…he hasn’t been hired by a telemarketing firm. He has actually started his own movie production company, and will be branching out from the Michael Myers role. Check out the conversation I had with him…
This was my first non-music guest on the program, a horror-themed extravaganza. I thought it went pretty well. Over the past year, I have talked to some pretty amazing people. On the Hard Rock Nights site, you can see a list of them in the right-hand column, and listen to most of them by clicking on the names. There are a few that I don’t have uploaded yet, but I’m working on it.