Writer(s): Bob Daisley, Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads (see lyrics here)
First Charted: September 13, 1980
Peak: 1 CL, 9 AR, 49 UK, 2 DF (Click for codes to charts.)
Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.2 UK
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 62.3 video, 458.63 streaming
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About the Song:
Ozzy Osbourne established himself as one of the premiere heavy-metal frontmen in the 1970s with Black Sabbath. After the band fired him for his problems with alcohol and drugs, he was “adrift and searching for a lifeline as he sought to form his own solo band. When that savior arrived in the form of guitarist Randy Rhoads, Ozzy was reportedly almost too messed up to see the light. Luckily, the determination of a friend and the sheer talent of Rhoads were able to cut through the haze and launch one of hard rock’s brightest (and sadly, briefest) collaborations.” UCR
Dan Strum, a bassist who was originally slated to be a member of Ozzy’s solo band, convinced Rhoads to audition. The guitarist wasn’t a fan of Black Sabbath and was content in his role with Quiet Riot. Strum had to wake up the passed-out singer. Ozzy passed out on the controls and Strum said, “I was so frustrated that I cranked the volume of Randy’s amp really loud. He started playing power chords to warm up, and suddenly Ozzy’s face looked up.” UCR Ozzy said, “Tell the kid he’s got the job.” UCR
They went into the studio to record Blizzard of Ozz. “No song on that fantastic album shines brighter than ‘Crazy Train,’” UCR the album’s lead single which lyrically dealt with the Cold War and the fear of annihilation. WK The title grew out of the chugging sound of the music and Rhoads’ hobby of collecting model trains. SF It “features Rhoads’ anthemic main guitar riff and soloing that merged his heavy metal and classical music influences to wonderful effect. Suddenly, Eddie Van Halen had a serious rival for the title of world’s favorite guitar hero.” UCR
“The record soon helped establish Osbourne as a solo star perhaps even more popular than Black Sabbath itself, and though Rhoads’ life was cut short in 1982, ‘Crazy Train’ and other songs from the two albums he recorded with Ozzy remained the foundation of Osbourne’s concert setlists.” Now “we have the mighty ‘Crazy Train’ blasting out of every football stadium in the nation.” UCR
First posted 8/3/2022; last updated 3/14/2023.