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Bark at the Moon (song)

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"Bark at the Moon"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Bark at the Moon
B-side"One Up the "B" Side"
Released11 November 1983 (UK)[1]
GenreHeavy metal
Producer(s)Max Norman
Ozzy Osbourne singles chronology
"Iron Man/Children of the Grave"
"Bark at the Moon"
"So Tired"
Music video
"Bark at the Moon" on YouTube

"Bark at the Moon" is a song by heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. It was the first single released from his 1983 album of the same name. The music video produced for the song was Osbourne's first. It peaked at #21 on the UK Singles Chart and #12 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks. The song has received critical praise, frequently being voted one of Ozzy's best songs.[2][3][4][5]


Though officially credited solely to Osbourne, "Bark at the Moon" was co-written with guitarist Jake E. Lee and bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley. Daisley has stated that he accepted a buyout from Osbourne in exchange for all writing credits on the album.[6] Lee, however, 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.[7] In the liner notes to The Ozzman Cometh, Osbourne himself, acknowledged that Lee was involved in the song's writing saying, "I had the vocal line for this [song] and Jake came up with the riff. It was the first song we wrote together."[8]

Music video[edit]

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 make-up effects were done by Rick Baker, best known for his work on John Landis's An American Werewolf in London and the music video for Michael Jackson's Thriller (which Landis also directed).

It is also very likely Ozzy was a fan of the massively popular Benny Hill Show which had Benny as Dr Jekyll and Mister Hyde in an episode of Wondergran in it beginning in almost the exact same way as the Bark video.

The music video for the song was partially filmed at the Holloway Sanatorium, outside London, England.[9] 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.

Cover versions[edit]



Chart (1983) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[10] 21
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 12


  1. ^ "Releases for 11 Nov 83" (PDF).
  2. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (December 3, 2012). "Top 10 Ozzy Osbourne Songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  3. ^ "The 10 Best Ozzy Osbourne Solo Songs". Kerrang!. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  4. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne's 20 Best Solo Songs, Ranked". SPIN. 2020-02-20. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  5. ^ Childers, Chad (December 3, 2012). "10 Best Ozzy Osbourne Solo Songs". Loudwire. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  6. ^ "Bob Daisley's History With The Osbournes". Bob Daisley. Archived from the original on 15 May 2013.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ The Ozzman Cometh (CD Booklet). Ozzy Osbourne. New York City: Epic Records 487260 2. 1997.
  9. ^ "Simonfowlersarchive.com". Simonfowlersarchive.com. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2021.