He was one of rock’s hardest rockers and he made his mark. Quite literally. He was known for out-of-this-world antics such as biting the head off a bat on stage. His theatrics drew more and more fans but also brought lots of critics.
Much of Ozzy’s identity as rock’s most rebellious madman revolved around his penchant for blatant anti-religious imagery on album art, and of course, in his songs.
Black Sabbath Introduced Heavy Metal
With Sabbath, Ozzy took on the nickname “Prince of Darkness,” and he may as well have been the devil himself, as far as most parents were concerned.
Ultimately, he, along with Black Sabbath, pumping out iconic sounds like “Iron Man,” introduced heavy metal music to this world, and it was destined to stay.
Black Sabbath Promoted Their Controversial Reputation
Black Sabbath, from the start, felt that selling their act to the tune of controversial messaging would nab a large audience. The band observed that horror movies sell, so why not perform a scary act?
In an interview with “The Guardian,” Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi said they were into horror films, and they even brought witches to their shows.
Parents Freaked Out
As Ozzy gained popularity, parents did their best to ban the Prince of Darkness from the lives of their teens.
In a sit-down interview with his own kids, Ozzy was asked by Joan Rivers how he felt about so many parents trying to ban his music. One set of parents even tried to sue him for the negative impact his music had on their child.
50 Years On, Religious Groups Celebrated the End of Black Sabbath
With songs like the Grammy-winning “God is Dead?,” as well as “Paranoid,” and “Iron Man,” and with lyrics such as, “With God and Satan at my side,” this band made zero friends in the religious community.
In 2017, Seventh Star Church gathered to celebrate the band’s demise at the “Reclaiming the Sabbath” event.