Ozzy Osbourne: 'Successful Rock Band is a Band Your Parents Love to Hate'

"That was our philosophy, you know," says Black Sabbath frontman.

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During last month's press teleconference, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne thoroughly discussed a wide array of topics, including the departure of drummer Bill Ward and the group's current album "13."

Ozzy also touched on the matter of the early Sabbath days and the way music world used to work back in the day.

"Sabbath in those days was always a band that was created by word of mouth, because you know, long-haired, dope-smoking crazy guys weren't exactly the light of their lives," the singer said (via Blabbermouth). "I mean, the formula for a successful rock 'n' roll band would be a band that your parents love to hate and you get success and that was our philosophy, you know."

Osbourne continued, "The media never gave us one kind word or we never got a No. 1. I thought to myself, 'You'll only last a couple of albums,' and here we are 45 years later and we just got our first No. 1, so I don't know what I'm talking about."

While talking about the band's latest album, Ozzy pointed out that "13" "just came naturally," stressing the importance of not forcing music.

"There's no answer - there's no formula," he said. "There's no magic - it just happens or it doesn't. I wasn't really into it. They weren't really into it, and you can't force it. It either comes or it doesn't, and I said before in the press that the reunion album was going to have to be something special, the most important album of my career."

As the nineteenth Sabbath effort, "13" dropped on June 10 via Vertigo/Universal Records, earning the metal pioneers their first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart with over 155,000 copies sold in the US within the first week.

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    But my parents love rock music
    I am really sorry but you simply can't be in a successful band then, Ozzy said so.
    This is so true. Parents didn't like the Beatles... Parents didn't like Nirvana... Parents DID like Posion/Bon Jovi/Motley Crue! Parents don't like the good new rock bands (and they do like the bad ones).
    My parents used to be full of prejudice about what rock and metal meant. Isn't it just screaming? nobody likes that ect. Anyway something changed after Me and my dad went to download 2012, and we're going to see iron maiden tomorrow (HELL YEAH )
    My mom likes rock and softer metal like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Volbeat, Megadeth, etc. Traditional Heavy Metal. My father, though, likes rock and MOST metal genres. The only reason he dislike extreme metal is because of the harsh vocals where you don't hear most of what the singer sings about. But the other day I was playing some Nile in the car and he said that the music was amazing and that the guys were really talented, but he couldn't stand the vocals though.
    Son of a bitch. My parents love all things rock and metal. They love AC/DC, they love Avenged Sevenfold, they love the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they love Muse, They love Metallica, they love Pantera, they love... I don't wanna play pop-music, Ozzy!
    Isn't that what metal is for? To piss of not only your parents but everyone else? I love it when I see people get pissed off because I like metal.
    My dad was always into rock and stuff, but not really into metal like Sabbath or Iron Maiden. Well, I changed his mind, and on Sunday we're gonna see Sabbath.
    I suppose that's true to a certain extent. I'm 48 and while I like a ton of new heavier bands, I just don't "get" a lot of modern popular music. It's not "noise" to me though, it's just mass-produced, mindless crap.
    I'm 21 and I don't even get a lot of modern popular music. Couldn't agree more with it being 'mass-produced, mindless crap'
    I'm 18 and I get that people want mass produced mindless crap because the general population loves mass produced mindless crap.
    I'm 17 and I'm here just to point out that I'm younger than you and that I don't like mass produced mindless crap.
    I suppose when Ozzy was much younger the "parent theory" was true, but no so much anymore. My mom is actually the one who introduced me to the likes of Ozzy, Sabbath, Aerosmith, Zeppelin, etc.