"Suicide Solution" is a song performed by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, who recorded it as the fifth of nine selections included on his 1980 album Blizzard of Ozz.

"Suicide Solution"
Song by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Blizzard of Ozz
Released
  • 20 September 1980
  • 22 August 1995 (re-issue)
Recorded22 March – 19 April 1980
GenreHeavy metal
Length4:16
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OverviewEdit

Osbourne said in 1991 that the song was about the alcohol-related death of AC/DC's Bon Scott in 1980,[1] but Bob Daisley revealed in 2002 that he had Osbourne himself in mind when he wrote the lyrics.[2]

ControversyEdit

On 1 November 1985, a lawsuit against Osbourne and CBS Records was filed by the parents of John McCollum, a teenager who committed suicide allegedly after listening to this song.[3] The plaintiffs, however, failed to prove that Osbourne had any responsibility for the teenager's death. The plaintiffs' attorneys alleged that a line in the song stated, "Why try? Get the gun and shoot!"[4] Lyricist Daisley and Osbourne himself both claimed that the line actually says, "Get the flaps out". "Flaps", they insisted, was an English vulgar slang term for "vagina". 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."[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Don't Blame Me documentary film, 1991, directed by Jeb Brien.
  2. ^ Ozzy Osbourne - Biography
  3. ^ "Father Sues Ozzy, CBS Over His Son's Suicide". Variety. 6 November 1985. p. 2.
  4. ^ VH1: Behind The Music--Ozzy Osbourne, VH1. Paramount Television, 1998.
  5. ^ Bob Daisley's History With The Osbournes http://www.bobdaisley.com/interview/website

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