"Suicide Solution" is a song by the English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, from his 1980 debut album Blizzard of Ozz.

"Suicide Solution"
Song by Ozzy Osbourne
from the album Blizzard of Ozz
  • 20 September 1980
  • 22 August 1995 (re-issue)
Recorded22 March – 19 April 1980
GenreHeavy metal
Lyricist(s)Bob Daisley

Overview edit

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]

Controversy and death of John Daniel McCollum edit

On 1 November 1985, a lawsuit against Osbourne and CBS Records was filed by the parents of John Daniel McCollum, a 19-year-old who took his own life in Riverside, California on 27 October 1984 allegedly after listening to the 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]

The 1990 horror film Dead Girls was loosely inspired by McCollum's suicide and the subsequent lawsuit over his death.[6]

Personnel edit

See also edit

References edit

  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
  6. ^ Henderson, Brad, prod. (2022). "Dead Girls Rock": Looking Back at Dead Girls (Documentary produced for Blu-ray release). Vinegar Syndrome. Event occurs at 13:55.{{cite AV media}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)