Ozzy Osbourne Shares Discomfort with the Label “Metal” and Explains Why

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

The Pioneer of Metal Prefers Not to Be Labeled as Such, Actually


Ozzy Osbourne has disclosed his discomfort with the notion of being labeled the Godfather of Metal. Despite Black Sabbath, his former band, being widely credited as pioneers of the genre, Osbourne does not fully identify himself as a heavy metal artist. In a recent interview with Spin, he expressed his unease with the “metal” title, stating, “Because Ozzy Osbourne plays heavy, but the bands that are [considered metal] are really heavy, and we’re all put in the same category. When you get pigeonholed with a certain [genre], it can be very difficult to do something a bit lighter or an acoustic track or whatever you want to do. Back in the day, it was always just rock music. It’s still just rock music.”

In the same interview, the Prince of Darkness also shares his perspectives on reality TV, a format for which he and his family played a pivotal role in popularizing through their iconic early-2000s show, The Osbournes.

“Well, it’s really interesting because people love the Kardashians,” he reflects. “They took it one stage further. They saw what we did and said, ‘That’s a good idea,’ but they organized themselves. What they do now is kind of scripted reality. It’s not raw. It’s not the real, real reality. With our show, what you saw was what really went on. It wasn’t contrived. It wasn’t scripted. Because at the end of the day, every season, my wife would sit us all down and go, ‘Alright, what do you want to do? Do you want to do another season or not?’ After the third year, the [production crew and MTV] started to ask us to do things that we wouldn’t normally do. At that point, I lost interest in it.”

“I mean, what they call reality TV now is really not reality,” he adds. “The first season when we did The Osbournes and it got picked up and everybody went Osbournes mad, we would go out and [film] in the streets, and there would be pedestrians and regular people just walking by. They’d just [have those people sign a waiver to be on the show], but by the second season, they wouldn’t just sign the waiver. They’d want money for it. People wouldn’t just sign up anymore.”

In a recent conversation with Metal Hammer about the extraordinary success of The Osbournes, Ozzy confessed that the show’s popularity caught him off guard.

“It all started off as a spin-off of that MTV show, Cribs,” he recalled. “Our episode of Cribs was the most watched on replay, so some producers approached us with the idea of doing it as a full show set in the house. It all went from there. We’d never really planned on being the next big TV family, but it grew on its own steam and went crazy. I’m not particularly planning on doing a re-run of it, but if something happens, it happens!”

You can hear more from Ozzy on The Osbournes’ newly resurrected podcast, available now on all major podcast platforms.