Former Ozzy Osbourne lead guitarist Zakk Wylde recently spoke to Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and recalled the time he was working with Osbourne for ‘No More Tears’ and discussed one of its ‘terrible’ tracks, which won a Grammy Award.
As you may know, Ozzy Osbourne released his sixth solo studio album entitled ‘No More Tears’ on September 17, 1991. It hit the charts and became one of Ozbourne’s best-selling albums. Some of its tracks, ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Change the World,’ became very popular and were listened to a lot.
As a part of celebrating the album’s 30th anniversary, its guitarist Zakk Wylde talked about how it was composed and its recording process during his recent interview. He revealed that the Grammy award-winning song ‘I Don’t Want to Change the World’ actually started as a joke between Wylde and other staff members.
However, Ozzy Osbourne came to the studio while they were making up lyrics and riffs just for fun and said that he wanted to make it a song. Wylde reacted to this offer by saying that ‘it’s terrible,’ but Osbourne didn’t listen to him and the song won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1994.
In Wylde’s words, he said:
To me, what we’re doing, what I’m doing now on the ‘Doom Crew Inc.’ record is no different than pretty much an extension of what we were doing then. With Oz, it’s just more, ‘Zakky, what do you get?’ as far as riffs.
However I remember when we were doing the riff to ‘I Don’t Want to Change the World,’ we were talking about how not to get a date – certain things you say to a chick and you go, ‘Hey, no wonder why I could never get a date.’
I had the riff and then you would come in and say something ridiculous like, ‘Hey, I still live at home with my parents and I have no job. ‘We’d have all this stuff.”
“Ozzy walked in the room, we were on the floor, crying, laughing because I’d be doing a riff, and we would stop, and then you’d say something ridiculous, then I would do it with a riff again.
Then Oz comes walking in, we were at Joe’s Garage, at Frank Zappa’s place, his rehearsal place, and I remember Oz comes in, he goes, ‘What’s that riff? Keep that, we’ll turn that into a song!’
I’m like, ‘It was just a joke.’ ‘You’re doing all these ridiculous things!’ And we’re all on the floor crying, laughing. I’m like, ‘You’re kidding, guys! This is terrible!’ He’s just like, ‘No, we’re going to make that a song!’
Anyways, we end up making it a song and it ends up winning the Grammy. You gotta love Oz, like, ‘Diary of a Madman,’ Randy [Rhoads] was having a classical lesson, Ozzy smashed on the couch, he wakes up, he goes, ‘What is that? We’ll do something like that and we’ll make it a song.’
Then it turns into ‘Diary of a Madman.’ And the same thing he did with ‘Suicide Solution.'”
You can watch the interview and listen to the song below.