This is not what Ozzy is typically blamed for


Photo by Flickr user Hope Abrams.

One of the reasons I started this blog is that my Google alerts were constantly lighting up with articles in which heavy metal music was linked to someone’s violent or criminal activity. In other words, someone would be on trial for rape or murder or arson, and the reporter would mention that the subject was a fan of AC/DC or Iron Maiden. This is not one of those news articles.

Recently, an Ohio man was arrested for drunk driving. When the police asked him why he was driving under the influence of alcohol and breaking the law, he told them, “Ozzy Osbourne and his music made me do it.”

That’s quite a stretch. It was enough of a stretch for folks to claim Ozzy’s song “Suicide Solution” (which is about alcohol abuse) caused anybody to commit suicide. As far as I know, Ozzy’s never written anything that encourages heavy drinking — or drinking and driving. Osbourne has struggled with alcohol addiction for many years, but recently wrote in Rolling Stone that a friend’s sudden death from drinking is keeping him sober these days.

So what’s really going on here? It’s tough to tell. Considering that witnesses say the Ohio man’s head was lolling around as he drove, and he allegedly ran a car off the road, it’s difficult to trust anything coming out of his mouth. It’s kind of too bad the police let this detail slip to the press — once again, Ozzy is being linked to something completely unrelated to his life and music. At least it’s being couched (mostly) as a bizarre, quirky story. Hopefully most readers will see it that way.

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