Bark at the Moon (song)
|"Bark at the Moon"|
|Single by Ozzy Osbourne|
|from the album Bark at the Moon|
|B-side||"One Up the "B" Side"|
|Format||7 inch vinyl (45 RPM)|
|Writer(s)||Ozzy Osbourne, Jake E. Lee, Bob Daisley|
|Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology|
Though officially credited solely to Osbourne, "Bark at the Moon" was co-written with guitarist Jake E. Lee and bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley. Lee claims he was threatened with firing by Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon if he refused to sign a 1983 contract stating that he would relinquish his claims to writing and publishing. In 2003, Daisley filed a lawsuit against the Osbournes, claiming lost royalties for his significant songwriting contributions.
Lyrically, the song deals with a creature of some sort who once terrorized a town, was killed, and later mysteriously returned to once again wreak havoc upon the villagers. The music video, however, borrows heavily from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, depicting Osbourne as a "mad scientist" who ingests a substance in his laboratory which causes him to transform into the werewolf depicted on the Bark at the Moon album cover. Thought to be insane, he is subsequently committed to a mental institution.
The music video for the song was partially filmed at the Holloway Sanatorium, outside London, England. In the early 1980s infancy of the music video medium, the video, which was the first Osbourne had made, was highly anticipated due to his outrageous image. Drummer Tommy Aldridge played on the studio recording of the track, but the video features his replacement in the band, Carmine Appice.
- American punk rock band Strung Out recorded a version for the 2000 Punk Goes Metal compilation album.
- The Deluxe Edition of the 2009 album Retribution by American thrash metal band Shadows Fall includes a cover of the song, which was released as a single in 2010.
- Horror punk band Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 released a version of the song on their 2001 album Viva Las Violence.
- The song appeared on the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the radio station "V-Rock".
- A cover of the song appeared as the final song in the music video game Guitar Hero, while a master recording was later featured in Guitar Hero Smash Hits.
- Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
- Jake E. Lee – guitar
- Bob Daisley – bass
- Tommy Aldridge – drums
- Don Airey – keyboards
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||21|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||109|
- "Jake E. Lee: Why I Gave Up Songwriting Credit for Ozzy Osbourne's 'Bark at the Moon'". Blabbermouth.net. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "Archive Chart: 1983-12-10" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- "Ozzy Osbourne – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 5 April 2013.