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"Straight to Hell" by Ozzy Osbourne - Track of the Week

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Ordinary Man is Osbourne's first studio album as a solo artist in ten years following Scream (2010). It is also his first album overall since he reunited with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for their final album 13 (2013), with him as lead singer. After the release of 13, they went on a farewell tour titled The End Tour, which ended in Birmingham, England on 4 February 2017. After Black Sabbath concluded their farewell tour, Osbourne kept working on new material. In September 2019, he was featured alongside American rapper Travis Scott on American rapper Post Malone's "Take What You Want", from Malone's third studio album Hollywood's Bleeding, which went on to become Osbourne's first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 in over 30 years, thus making it the longest gap between top 10 appearances in the chart's history. On 8 November 2019, it was revealed that Osbourne had worked with Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith on the album. Speaking about the recording, he commented that the entire album process is done "in just a short time", adding "Duff and Chad came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings. I previously had said to Sharon I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going, 'I haven't got the fucking strength.' But Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album

Straight to Hell is the forty-second single from Ozzy Osbourne. This is the second single from the album Ordinary Man. Straight to Hell explores the dangers and consequences of using drugs in lyrics like, “I’ll make you lie, I’ll make you steal and kill,” and “Enjoy the ride, I’ll plant my bitter seed,” among various other lines. The three minute, 45 second-spanning tune opens with a soothing and harmonious chant before launching into a heavy barrage of guitar and bass riffs provided by Slash and his longtime bandmate, Duff McKagan. Check out the video below. You have to admit the old man still rocks ....

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