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"Diary of a Madman"
Song by Ozzy Osbourne

from the album Diary of a Madman

Released November 7, 1981 & August 22, 1995 (re-issue)
Recorded 1981
Genre Heavy Metal
Length 6:14
Label Jet Records
Epic Records
Writer Ozzy Osbourne
Randy Rhoads
Bob Daisley
Lee Kerslake
Producer Ozzy Osbourne
Diary of a Madman track listing
"S.A.T.O."
(7)
"Diary of a Madman"
(8)
"I Don't Know (live)"
(9)

"Diary of a Madman" is a heavy metal song by Ozzy Osbourne released in 1981 on his Diary of a Madman album.

Guitarist Randy Rhoads was taking classical guitar lessons while on the "Blizzard of Ozz" tour, and came up with the opening acoustic riff by using a variation of Cuban composer Leo Brouwer's Etude #6.

The song was written by Ozzy, Randy Rhoads, bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake with the latter two writing the lyrics and vocal melodies, respectively. Supposedly, Ozzy had a hard time coping with the unusual time signature in this song, which was composed by Randy Rhoads and bassist Bob Daisley. According to Daisley, Ozzy's comment was:"Who the fuck do you think I am? Frank Zappa?"

The alternative rock band A Perfect Circle covered this song, and combined it with "Lovesong" by The Cure.

The Bay Area thrash band Machine Head have been using the song over the P.A in concert before they come on stage.

Progressive metal band Dream Theater covered this song live and released it on the Uncovered 2003-2005 official bootleg by YtseJam Records.[1]

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