Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ozz

Artist: Ozz
LP: No Prisoners
Song: "Checkin' It Out (Baby Don't You Cry)"
[ listen ]

Here's an interesting musical artifact from 1980 that I picked up in the dollar bins a few years ago. It isn't just the men of Ozz's captivating rock 'n roll facial expressions that drew me to this record...

 
...but also their fabulous, colorful style. Guitarist Gregg Parker simultaneously channels Jimi Hendrix and Lionel Richie, with a hint of Evelyn Champagne King, whereas vocalist Alexis T. Angel draws inspiration from Joan Jett and Axl Rose, with just a touch of the windswept radiance of Cheryl Ladd. There's a "No Prisoners" album review on the Glory Daze Music website here, some more Ozz info on Mountain of Power here, and album notes and lyrics are included below. Best of all is Alexis T. Angel's remarkable music video for "Diamonds," included below. Summary: A handsome (naked) musician dozes off in bed while trying to write a song about diamonds. Slipping into a deep sleep, his mind fills with glitz, glamor, razzle-dazzle, jewelry, and limousines. This causes him to have an intense wet dream. When he awakens, he's magically wearing an expensive bejeweled choker. He then makes a phone call. The end.

Alexis T. Angel of Ozz on YouTube:
[ "Diamonds" ]
 

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alexis is not having a wet dream. That is just stupid. He is simply strutting to the music that he is hearing in his sleep. He doesn't do "wet dreams" on video! He's moving to the music that's in his dream. He's not a pornstar. He's a writer as well as a performer.

Anonymous said...

You got that right! I have witnessed him doing many things on stage but a "wet dream" wasn't one of them.His mouth at one point in the dream is moving to the lead solo.HE WAKES UP WITH A REMNANT FROM THE DREAM....

Anonymous said...

Yeah. the wet stuff remains with the dream. It's tough to retain an ocean in your bed! They didn't have the budget for that. (;

Anonymous said...

It looks to me like the phone call is what woke him from the dream in that Diamonds video. I heard that he lives under a bridge near the coast but apparently he owns the bridge.

Anonymous said...

You say that Alexis was influenced by Axl Rose and Joan Jett etc., but Rose was born in 1962 and some of the Ozz LP was recorded in 1978 ( Sail On and Checkin' it Out ) and the rest was done before Xmas of1979. Joan Jett was being directed by Kim Fowley with tha Runaways around that time and Axl Rose would have been about sixteen and seventeen years old around that time and eighteen by the time of the Ozz 'No Prisoners' LP release. What band was Axl in at that time and what state was he living in? California? It's doubtful that Alexis T Angel would have been aware of Axl back then in view of the fact that Axl Rose hadn't been invented yet. William Bailey was Axl's name then wash't it?

Anonymous said...

Yes it wash't! also known as yes it was..... (;

Anonymous said...

Born William Bruce Rose Jr. and Raised William Bruce Bailey.....also known as Axl Rose...

Anonymous said...

Or W. Axl Rose.....

Anonymous said...

The other thing is that in the Diamonds video Alexis is not "making a phone call". He is ANSWERING the phone first thing in the morning. You don't see him dialing that red rotary telephone in his sleep do you? It probably was Joan Jett on the other line! Looking for Axl.....

Anonymous said...

How the hell do you know that Alexis was naked? Maybe you wish he was.....

Alex said...

Yeah, you're probably right. I wished that.

Anonymous said...

Billy. Stop antagonizing the poor man. If he wants to think of you as naked, having a wet dream....let him. If he saw what you look like now, he'd probably cry.

Anonymous said...

In case you haven't figured it out...the person above in ALL those comments IS Alexis. Aka: Billy Gramer. Lives in MN, jobless, with nothing better to do than troll sites in the middle of the night.

Alex said...

Oh. Good to know. Hi, Billy!

Anonymous said...

Well I've seen him on Facebook and he looks fine. Looks like you might be one of them jealous motherf**kers that is trolling him!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Grammer pass away at eighty nine somewhere in southern U.S.. Old time country legend who made own guitarz and wrote many song. Know fax before U ax Mr. Funny Boyz.......RIP.....

Anonymous said...

Not the same guy Nit Wit!