Cover Song Of The Month: Crazy Train By Van HefferPosted: May 13, 2011
New month, new cover song. I think you’ll find this one…well, I’ll leave it to you.
Ozzy Osbourne, once of the band Black Sabbath, has been a solo act for several decades. He has had a few hits, but probably makes more money portraying himself as an addled, shell of a man than he ever made making records.
One of Ozzy’s biggest hits is called Crazy Train. Despite Osbourne’s carefully crafted wild man image, the songs lyrics are an anthem to people getting along and resisting negative influences. Allmusic.com praises Osbourne’s performance on this song “for his ability to sound evil even when pleading for sanity in a destructive world”.
I should try that “sound evil, say nice things” method some time.
This month, we contrast Ozzy’s original with a performance of the same song by a bluegrass band with an Elvis impersonator singer. As best I can tell, the band is part of a pilot for a Comedy Central television show. There is a CD of Van Heffer performing Crazy Train and other Osbourne and Black Sabbath songs.
Go Up The Rails On A Crazy Train To Register Your Opinion
And now, its is time to do what happens each time each time I trot one of these out. Vote in the cover song poll and vent your feelings about the bluegrass version in the comments.