Ozzy Osbourne: Bark At The Moon 7″ + One Up The ‘B’ Side. 1983 Check the exclusive video showing this 7″ for sale


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Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon
Label: Epic – EPCA-3915
Format: Vinyl, 7″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: Europe
Released: 1983
Style: Heavy Metal
A Bark At The Moon 4:14
B One Up The ‘B’ Side 3:18

“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.

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. 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. 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.”

Music video
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. 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.

Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
Jake E. Lee – guitar
Bob Daisley – bass
Tommy Aldridge – drums
Don Airey – keyboards

Charts (1983) Peak position
UK Singles (OCC) 21
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) 109
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard) 12

That opening machine-gun riff. The maniacal laugh (which won’t be the last in this list).
Osbourne attempted to rebound from Rhoads’ tragic death in a plane crash by hiring guitarist Jake E. Lee for his third solo album. The title track was an excellent standout from Bark at the Moon, which overall heralded a shift toward synth-y metal. There’s no shortage of hooks and great guitar playing on Bark at the Moon. Jake E. Lee fills in admirably here, delivering an instantly-recognizable riff that makes it feel like a werewolf — or whatever it was Ozzy was dressed up as on the cover — really was coming to hunt you down under a full moon.
The lycanthropy-themed track also spawned Ozzy’s first music video as a solo artist, which featured the singer running around looking more like an enraged Wookie than a werewolf. Splendid stuff!