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"America is the most satanic country in the world": How Black Sabbath getting huge in the US opened Ozzy Osbourne's eyes to the cut-throat nature of capitalism


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"America is the most satanic country in the world. They do anything for a dollar. If you've got a dollar you're in; if you haven't you're out."

Ozzy Osbourne is a most unlikely Communist icon, but after spending large chunks of the early 1970s in America as Black Sabbath became superstars in the country, the singer, brought up in working class Aston, had his eyes opened to the cut-throat nature of US society, as illustrated by the quote above, spoken to a writer from UK music magazine Melody Maker in 1972.

To be fair, at the the time of the interview, Sabbath's vocalist sounded utterly knackered, as the band's schedule - "Three weeks in the States, two weeks home, three weeks in the States, two weeks home..." - was taking its toll: the singer claimed not to have slept at all in the previous 72 hours, so brutal was his jet-lag. But it was also clear that he'd been spending a lot of time thinking about the state of the world.

"This world -I don't know," he mused. "I've sat and thought to myself, 'Look how long the world's been here, and man, now they've found a way of destroying the world by just pushing a button and they can wipeout the whole thing.' At times I don't think it would be a bad idea.

"I was looking at the news the other night and there wasn't one thing good. Everything they spoke about was a bomb. Bomb on a plane, bomb in Belfast, bomb in somebody else's boot..."

Somewhat tangentially, Osbourne then began to fret about the dangers of pollution in US cities.

"It's terrible." he told Melody Maker. "People are walking around looking up in the air, shivering, scared. As if one day this big black hand is going to come out of the sky and choke them."

"You're not human over there, you're just another punch card in a computer," he added. "It's never heard of to say thank you. 'Give me a cup of coffee, me, me, me; feed me... him...'

"It's funny, because I've been everywhere and this country [England] is the sanest country out of all of them. I look at my little house in the country here and I think I've bought myself a little piece of heaven on Earth with my kids and animals."

At this point, Mark Plummer, the man from Melody Maker queried whether, in fact, rock music was contributing to this pollution problem. 

"No, rock is the best sedative in the world," Ozzy insisted. "It releases the stress, the anxiety and the hang-ups."

"If I go onto a stage and there are 20,000 people out there or even one, and if they're digging it and having a good time getting high on the evening and the event, and they're forgetting what's going to happen in the morning when they clock on again, I think I've achieved something."

He may have been no Karl Marx, but full marks to 1972 Ozzy for wanting to bring a little joy to the world, albeit via the doomiest, gloomiest metal ever written. 

“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

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So he settled down in the most cut throat place on the planet - LA/Hollywood.

All of these guys are welcome to share their excesses in the name of equity. They never do. 

Poor Ozzie fried his brain many decades ago. 


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American Capitalism is the worse kind of capitalism.

For example , there are over 500,000  people living on the street. Over 50,000 of them Veterans.

Children going to bed hungry.

In 2021, roughly 30 million people did not have health insurance in the U.S. This number includes all age groups, but nonelderly adults have the highest uninsured rate.  Republican response/health plan is  'If you get sick DIE..

Without the ACA it would be like close to 50 million without health insurance. Thank you Obama.

The wealth divide grows exponentially with each Republican administration.

Republicans want you to believe you can live on $10. an hour while their backers are given millions/billions in tax breaks .

Republicans want you to believe you can live on $10/ hr ,while they give billions in subsidies to corporations.

While more than 170 billion dollars is expended on assorted varieties of corporate welfare the federal government spends 11 billion dollars on Aid for Dependent Children.

I could go on and on about how dehumanizing American capitalism can be .

I been saying for years: "Greatest country in the world my ass! "




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