Suicide Solution

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"Suicide Solution"
Song by Ozzy Osbourne from the album Blizzard of Ozz
Released September 20, 1980
August 22, 1995 (re-issue)
Recorded March 22-April 19, 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:16
Label Jet Records
Epic Records
Writer Ozzy Osbourne
Randy Rhoads
Bob Daisley
Producer Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake
Blizzard of Ozz track listing
"Dee"
(4)
"Suicide Solution"
(5)
"Mr. Crowley"
(6)

"Suicide Solution" is a song by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It is track five from his 1980 album Blizzard of Ozz. Guitarist Randy Rhoads wrote the main riff to the song and bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley wrote the lyrics.

Overview[edit]

Osbourne has said that the song is about the alcohol-related death of AC/DC's Bon Scott in 1980,[1] but Daisley revealed in 2002 that he had Osbourne himself in mind when he composed the lyrics.[2]

A live version of the song from Osbourne's 1987 album Tribute is notable for an extended guitar solo midway through by guitarist Randy Rhoads. A very similar solo can be heard on the song "Laughing Gas" by Quiet Riot, the band Rhoads had founded in the 1970s.

Rhoads had originally used the main guitar riff to Suicide Solution, which opens the song, in the verse of the Quiet Riot track "Force of Habit".

Controversy[edit]

On January 12, 1986, a lawsuit against Osbourne was filed by the parents of John McCollum, a depressed teenager who committed suicide allegedly after listening to this song. The plaintiffs failed to prove that Osbourne had any responsibility for the teenager's death. Plaintiffs attorneys alleged that a line in the song stated "Why try? Get the gun and shoot!".[3] Lyricist Daisley and Osbourne himself both claimed that the line actually says, "Get the flaps out", an English slang term for female genitalia. Don Arden, Black Sabbath's former manager and the father of Sharon Osbourne, is on record as having said of the song's controversial lyrics "To be perfectly honest, I would be doubtful as to whether Mr. Osbourne knew the meaning of the lyrics, if there was any meaning, because his command of the English language is minimal."[4]

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don't Blame Me documentary film, 1991, directed by Jeb Brien.
  2. ^ Ozzy Osbourne - Biography
  3. ^ VH1: Behind The Music--Ozzy Osbourne, VH1. Paramount Television, 1998.
  4. ^ Bob Daisley's History With The Osbournes http://www.bobdaisley.com/interview/website

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