Ozzy Osbourne remembers a time when he accidentally called the cops on himself then had to face up to snorting a large bowl of cocaine to avoid flushing it down the toilet.
What happened inspired the song “It’s a Raid” on Ozzy’s new album “Ordinary Man”. It took place during the summer of 1972 when Black Sabbath were working on their album Vol. 4. That year the band reportedly spent $75,000 on cocaine, it cost them $50,000 to make the album.
Ozzy recalls having a “pile of coke and a pile of pot on this table” when having an interview on the recent SiriusXm special.
“I’m sitting there, great, Bel Air, sun shining, coke at hand, booze,” he says. “I’m thinking, ‘Fuck me, I’ve made it here!’ I’m sitting in this house and it’s fucking boiling hot. I see these buttons on the wall and I go, ‘Oh, must be the air conditioning.’ I pressed the fucking button, and [in] about five minutes, four or five cop cars come screaming down the drive. I’m shouting, ‘It’s a fucking raid!’
Watch the interview here:
“So me and this roadie, we grab the big bowl of coke, and the pot, we go into the bathroom,” he adds. “I’m going, ‘I can’t fucking throw this [away].’” Osbourne mimicked the act of snorting as much cocaine as he could; the result was he wound up “gacked.” After being told the cops were gone, his only response was a frozen grin. “I had coke coming out my fucking ears,” he recalled. “I didn’t sleep for four days after that.”
“He tells me that story, and I’m, like, fuck, that’s amazing,” Andrew Watt, who co-wrote and produced the album, explained. “Use the real shit!”
He said that the song “It’s a Raid” featuring Post Malone had an inspiration from the band Motorhead. And it was a on the end of the album to provide a good upbeat end to Ordinary Man. It’s a nice fast paced rockin’ song that you can hear the spirit of Motorhead riding through. Check it out below: