Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi spoke in an interview with News in 24 and talked about how they recorded their Sabotage album while talking about the lyrics of it.
Black Sabbath is one of the most important bands in the metal community. Not only because of how many great records and songs they released, but also they were the pioneer of metal music.
However, the band was consist of a bunch of people that totally different from each other. Therefore, they had lots of problems within the band, which led the way to kick their legendary singer Ozzy Osbourne in order to continue as a band.
One of the differences between these musicians was definitely the songwriting processes and what they do in order to complete the songs as well as the recordings. And recently, we got the know how the band wrote the lyrics of the Sabotage album, thanks to Tony Iommi.
The guitarist explained that the lyrics of the songs are written by the bass guitarist of the band, Geezer Butler, for %90 of the time. However, there were times where Ozzy Osbourne would start singing whatever came to his mind with random words that could fit in the phonetic of the song, which also interestingly inspired Geezer.
Tony Iommi said:
“It was Geezer who wrote our lyrics 90% of the time. He has a lot of imagination. But it could also happen that in rehearsals during the composition phases.
Ozzy would start singing whatever came to his mind, just words here and there. And that inspired Geezer, who put it in order.”
Sabotage is the sixth studio album of Black Sabbath that released back in 1975, and it is considered as one of the weirdest albums of the band in terms of lyrics. Also, the reissued version of the album released on June 11, 2021.