NEW YORK (Top40 Charts) - Ozzy Osbourne
and family held a press conference at Sony Studios in New York on Wednesday (May 15) to talk about the forthcoming The Osbourne Family Album
It's a testament to the newfound power of the Osbournes that over 100 bewildered journalists, none of whom were given advance word as to the event's purpose, attended simply to find out what America's most famous family had up its sleeve.
Sharon, Jack, and Kelly Osbourne, who sat in a faux living room set on purple suede couches and surrounded by lit, white candles, and Ozzy, who was connected via satellite from London, were apparently unaware that Sony had left the media in the dark, and the event soon spiraled into the ridiculous banter found in The Osbournes reality TV show on MTV.
"Well, this is a lively bunch," said Kelly to the press after a moment of silence. "Aren't you going to ask any questions?" asked Sharon, rolling her eyes. Someone from Sony then told them that they thought Sharon would make some sort of statement first. "Well, we all know we're here for The Osbourne Family Album," said Sharon, finally, and the press breathed a collective sigh.
Before images of a modern day Partridge Family take hold, let us explain that this is not exactly what the first family of heavy metal has in mind. The Osbourne Family Album will be a compilation of Ozzy, Sharon, Jack, and Kelly's favorite songs to be released on June 11 on Epic Records (not the previously reported June 4 date), just in time for Father's Day.
Songs that will appear on the album include John Lennon's "Imagine," the Cars' "Drive," and the Kinks' "You Really Got Me," which Ozzy credited as exposing him to "the first heavy metal riff I ever heard as a little boy." Songs from Ozzy's 34-year catalogue, such as "Dreamer" and "Mama, I'm Coming Home" will also be included, however, Ozzy's won't be the only Osbourne voice featured on the album. The album features the official release of the much talked about cover of Madonna's 1986 hit "Papa Don't Preach" by Kelly with Incubus' Mike Einzinger and Jose Pasillas.
"Mikey in Incubus had to hold my hand because I was so nervous," Kelly said of making the song, which now has a video in rotation on MTV and is getting airplay on alternative radio stations. Added Ozzy: "I'm handing the torch onto my daughter." In fact, it's the Osbournes oldest daughter, Aimee, who has been actively seeking a recording career. She doesn't appear on the show.
So, that begs the question, are the Osbournes fans of Madonna?
"Yes," said Kelly. "I love her. Doesn't everyone?"
"No," said Ozzy.
"I don't," added Jack.
"You just wanna' fuck her," said Sharon to Ozzy.
"Too old for me," Ozzy quipped.
Madonna isn't the only celebrity Ozzy isn't fond of these days. When asked for a response to Ted Nugent's recent remarks in the press that The Osbournes depict Ozzy as a "blithering idiot," Ozzy attributed Nugent's comments as a mark of jealousy. His family was not so kind. "Fuck him," said Jack. "He's hardly a fucking god, now." "I'll cut off his dick. If he has a dick," threatened Sharon, who remained incensed for the remainder of the press conference.
The track listing for The Osbourne Family Album is as follows:
1. Pat Boone, "Crazy Train"
2. Ozzy Osbourne, "Dreamer"
3. Kelly Osbourne, "Papa Don't Preach"
4. The Kinks, "You Really Got Me"
5. System of a Down, "Snowblind"
6. John Lennon, "Imagine"
7. The Cars, "Drive"
8. Starsailor, "Good Souls"
9. Dillusion, "Mirror Image"
10. Eric Clapton, "Wonderful Tonight"
11. Ozzy Osbourne, "Mama, I'm Coming Home"
12. Ozzy Osbourne, "Crazy Train"
13. Chevelle, "Family System"