Am I Going Insane (Radio)

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"Am I Going Insane (Radio)"
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Sabotage
Released 28 July 1975
Recorded Morgan Studios in London, England
Genre Pop[1]
Length 4:17
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Writer(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
"Am I Going Insane (Radio)"
"Never Say Die!"

Am I Going Insane (Radio) is a single by the band Black Sabbath on the 1975 album Sabotage. Although common conception is that the suffix "Radio" was said to be added to the title because it was made for the purpose of being played on the radio, drummer Bill Ward said that it was Cockney rhyming slang for "mental"; radio-rental. Critics also have said it was ironic that all the members of Black Sabbath except for Tony Iommi later suffered from clinical depression.[2]

Disappointments within the band and reception[edit]

Although happy with most of the songs on Sabotage, lead singer Ozzy Osbourne did not like the responses he got with "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" or "Supertzar." Due to Osbourne's implication that the two tracks in particular were distractions on what would otherwise be a perfect album. AllMusic reviewers claimed that the song was unrecognizable for Black Sabbath and that it was a reckless attempt to change the band's identity. Despite Osbourne's feeling towards the song and negative reviews its popularity caused it to appear as the only track from Sabotage on Sabbath's greatest hits album We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll.[3]

Track listing[edit]

A.Am I Going Insane (Radio) - 4:17
B.Hole in the Sky - 4:00


  1. ^ Steve Huey. "Sabotage - Black Sabbath | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 May 2014. There's one significant exception in the blatant pop tune "Am I Going Insane (Radio)," which rivals "Changes" as the most fan-loathed song of the glory years, thanks to its synth-driven arrangement (there isn't even a guitar riff!) and oft-repeated one-line chorus. 
  2. ^ "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Joel McIver - Google Books". 17 November 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rat Salad: Black Sabbath, The Classic Years, 1969-1975 - Paul Wilkinson - Google Books". Retrieved 19 May 2014. 

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