Bassist Bob Daisley gave an interview to Rolling Stone and revealed his deal with Ozzy Osbourne, which made him feel quite awful.
During his career with Ozzy Osbourne, Daisley made significant contributions to the band. He played the bass, contributed to the songwriting and co-production of the albums, and sang backing vocals. He worked on Ozzy Osbourne’s first album ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ and their second ‘Diary Of A Madman.’
Throughout the 1980s, Daisley continued working for Ozzy Osbourne while playing on and writing for the bands’ albums ‘Bark At The Moon,’ ‘The Ultimate Sin’ and ‘No Rest For The Wicked.’ He kept collaborating with Ozzy until their ‘No More Tears’ album, released in 1991.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Daisley recalled his time with Ozzy Osbourne’s band. Speaking about the 1983 album ‘Bark At The Moon,’ he said that at that time, only he and Ozzy were present from the first two albums. According to Daisley, this made Ozzy Osbourne kind of a new band.
Then, Daisley said they made a deal where he would get paid to write and play the songs in exchange for writing credit. He considered this agreement as a hard pill to swallow, thinking about all of his efforts. The bassist then added he can’t complain, but it felt pretty awful to see the note ‘All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne’ on the album.
In Rolling Stone’s interview, Bob Daisley said:
“We had a discussion about buying the songs from me and me getting a lump sum. The other thing I had to take into consideration was this was a new band. Ozzy and I were the only ones from those first two albums. Lee had gone. Randy had died. It could have flopped. Nobody knew what it was going to do.
We had a deal where I just got paid to do the songs and play on it, and not have credit for writing. It was a hard pill to swallow, let me tell you – when I put that much into it and just got paid off, but what’s what I agreed to.
I can’t complain about that, although it did look pretty awful when the album came out and it said, ‘All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne.’“
As his latest project, Bob Daisley is currently working on his band The Upstarts, which is a collaboration with Rob Grosser, and they recently released their same-titled debut album.