Minimation: Ozzy Osbourne’s Infamous Haircut

By Brian Ives

On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. In this 1987 interview, Ozzy Osbourne explains why he’d gotten a crew cut a few years earlier.

In the 1980s, being shocking was part of Ozzy Osbourne’s bag of tricks. There was the bats, the doves, not to mention lots of drugs and alcohol. But one of the most shocking things he did, at least as far as the metal community was concerned, was to cut his hair. And he was asked about that in this interview (by which point, his long locks had returned).

“At the end of the tour, I was so down and miserable,” he said, and he decided to go on a road trip across America. Of course, that’s easier said than done if you’re the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne.

He, quite reasonably, figured that if he cut his hair, no one would recognize him. And to hear him tell it, his trip – which took him to Toronto, Minneapolis, Seattle and Los Angeles, undisturbed by fans.




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