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Ozzy Osbourne Lists His Top Five Rock Bands

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Don Kaye from Launch Radio Networks has posted this report:

Ozzy Osbourne has listed his five favorite Hard Rock bands for Spinner.com. The list includes LED ZEPPELIN, MOTÖRHEAD, NIRVANA, GREEN DAY and, of course, his own group, BLACK SABBATH.

Osbourne said about his Number One choice, LED ZEPPELIN, "I can remember walking through Birmingham with Geezer Butler, the bass player from SABBATH, and he knew (ZEP singer) Robert Plant. Plant was walking through the subway and I'd heard his voice. And Geezer says to him, 'What are you up to?' Plant says, 'Well, they asked me to join a band called the New Yardbirds (which became ZEPPELIN).' And that was it... The first two albums had such an impact on my voice, and on my life, similar to the BEATLES when I first heard them."

About BLACK SABBATH, Osbourne said, "One of the things with SABBATH: We had full control over what we were doing and how we wanted it laid out. People would come in the studio and give us a suggestion and we'd go, 'Would you f***ing get out of here right now?' We had full artistic control."

On NIRVANA: "Apparently, I met (late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain), 'cause I was talking to Dave Grohl and he said, 'You probably don't remember this, but when you were in Devonshire Studios in the (San Fernando) Valley, me and Kurt were in the room where they had a pool table. When you walked in we were like, 'F***ing hell'.'"

Osbourne called GREEN DAY's "American Idiot" album "f***ing brilliant."

Osbourne's new album, "Black Rain", debuted at number three on the Billboard album chart last month. The CD's first single, "I Don't Wanna Stop", is currently Number One at Rock radio.

The singer will headline this summer's free Ozzfest, which begins on July 12 in Seattle.

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1. New Found Power writes:

I will say that Sabbath, Motorhead, and Zeppelin are respectable choices, but Green Day and f***ing Nirvana. A sh**ty grunge band from seattle (RIP Kurt) and a sh**ty mainstream punk band? I don't get that right there.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Diamond Oz writes:

I was as surprised as you.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. New Found Power writes:

Surprised isn't even the word for that. You look at that and then you look at Ozzy and all that appears in your head is a big f***in question mark and a "what in the hell" kind of look on your face hahaha

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

I suppose this is the wrong time to mention I actually like Green Day and Nirvana then?

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. New Found Power writes:

You enjoy what you enjoy I guess but all I see those bands as are overhyped sh**. Nirvana being overhyped during the 90's due to the whole grunge effect and green day hitting it big due to bringing the idea of rebellion into teenage homes. Both bands music and individual songs sounds similar to all the others. Repetitive drums and chords over and over and over. Nothing but catchy choruses that kids can sing along with and feel like they are lashing out. Not my idea of quality music then again though, to each his own. But it still blows my mind that an icon like Ozzy Osbourne would actually enjoy that kind of sh**.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Aye. I agree 100% that Green Day and Nirvana are overhyped. Frankly I find Zeppelin hyped too much aswell.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. New Found Power writes:

I'll agree Zeppelin is overhyped to a certain extent, but at the same time Zeppelin did many creative things with their music. Egyptian sounding songs like Kashmir, to catchy and creative tunes like Heartbreaker. Their music takes many different twists and tunrs so alot of the individual songs stand out as classics.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Diamond Oz writes:

This is true.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. MAW writes:

I Thought ozzy was a beatles fanatic??? WTF ..Green day

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 9:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RememberMetal? writes:

I'm guessing here:

With Ozzy being a metal singer who applies and adheres to the pop song format, I can see why he might appreciate Nirvana and Greenday.

The motif of Nirvana trying to make pop-punk songs as strange (for it's time) as possible and for GreenDay (their last album anyway) to maintain their signature sound while expanding what their sound could be. I dislike Greenday but I enjoyed Nirvana during my pre-teen through teen years. I still appreciate some of Cobain's lyrics.

Going by my logic though, one would expect Ozzy to say Pink Floyd, The Beatles or Queen.....I dunno....
Thats Ozzy for ya.

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# Jun 29, 2007 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. the antihippy writes:

ozzy is pretty horrible though.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. slayerdisciple writes:

nothin new to say still damn surprised by Green Day and Nirvana
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# Jun 29, 2007 @ 10:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. SlugEmperor writes:

damn it would be weird for Kurt Cobain to hear this, black sabbath inspired him a lot... it's a shame he died, something like this would probably mean a lot considering nirvana never at all expected there songs to catch on.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 11:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. WiseWiz writes:

As far as Ozzy listing The Beatles, Pink Floyd, or Queen, he didn't because his list was of his favorite HARD rock bands. I don't about everyone else, but none of those are hard rock. As for him listing Greenday and Nirvana I think its just weird. American Idiot isn't really all that brilliant.

# Jun 30, 2007 @ 1:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. JEFF writes:

DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, MOTORHEAD, QUEEN, ALL TIME HARD ROCK BANDS OF ALL TIME.

# Jun 30, 2007 @ 1:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. pacifront83 writes:

WTF, i was dissapointed that QUEEN didnt make his list but ohh well they make my list.
Queen
Black Sabbath
Pantera
Cro - Mags
The Jimi Hendrix Experience

# Jun 30, 2007 @ 1:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. coldiem writes:

The Purple is always forgotten! Hell yeah Jeff.

# Jun 30, 2007 @ 11:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. RememberMetal? writes:

WiseWiz
Tell me you're not seriously considering Green Day to be hardrock.

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# Jun 30, 2007 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Stephen writes:

This was the second list he made after they told him weed, cocaine, speed, whiskey, and beer aren't bands.

# Jun 30, 2007 @ 5:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. iEATbabies writes:

Green Day??!! Whatever, Ozzy's always struck me as a bit of a strange guy. Personally, that band makes me want to tear the eyes out of my f ucking head.

# Jun 30, 2007 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Cynic writes:

Ozzy... his career ended with Randy Rhoads. I saw his new track the other day, generic sh**. But I mean hey, he never wrote the riffs so I can't blame him, his voice is still pretty good.

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# Jul 1, 2007 @ 4:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. coldiem writes:

Ozzy's career definitely didn't end with Rhoads. No More Tears was an amazing album and Ozzmosis was pretty good too.

# Jul 1, 2007 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. aslkdfjaskldfj writes:

"You enjoy what you enjoy I guess but all I see those bands as are overhyped sh**. Nirvana being overhyped during the 90's due to the whole grunge effect and green day hitting it big due to bringing the idea of rebellion into teenage homes. Both bands music and individual songs sounds similar to all the others. Repetitive drums and chords over and over and over. Nothing but catchy choruses that kids can sing along with and feel like they are lashing out. Not my idea of quality music then again though, to each his own. But it still blows my mind that an icon like Ozzy Osbourne would actually enjoy that kind of sh**."

k so he can but the fact that ozzy is one of the fathers of metal he cant like bands like that

# Jul 1, 2007 @ 3:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. SlugEmperor writes:

who cares, he cant even speak straight anymore, although i saw his daughter on that show wearing a fear factory shirt once, thats cool. But im sure he loves heavy bands too, i would just be p***ed if these were zak's favorites or dimebags or something.

# Jul 1, 2007 @ 4:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Diamond Oz writes:

Lol Zakk blatantly loves Green Day! In fact I met him when I saw GD at Milton Keynes and he was wearing an American Idiot shirt nd said he's starting a new band Green Day style band with members of Rancid, Blink 182 and New Found Glory. Teeheehee

# Jul 1, 2007 @ 4:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Hell Profaner writes:

Old people says stupid things sometimes, you know... they are one step to madness

# Jul 1, 2007 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. southern slumlord writes:

I second Jeff and others on the DP. hell yea

Top 5:

Deep Purple
Black Sabbath
Iron Maiden
Slayer
Pantera

Top 5 most influential Hard rock/metal bands ever

Ozzy is old and senile

f*** green day

# Jul 1, 2007 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. I laugh at all. writes:

First off...don't make your own lists...this shows how young you are.

Secondly. to those Nirvana, and Green Day fans. Don't get too happy..that's what drugs do to you!

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