Sunday, July 23, 2006

Battle of the bands

It's easy and it's relatively painless, it's battle of the bands. I list two bands and you choose the one you prefer. This time it's:

Dio vs. Ozzy Osbourne

***Remember we are comparing the bands here and not just the singers and not any other bands they have been in. So you are only taking into account albums that say Dio on the cover against albums that say Ozzy Osbourne on them.

So who do you choose and why?


Anonymous fred charles said...

I would have to go with Dio. Ozzy has (had) a great voice but he barely does any of the songwriting in any of his bands. His first two albums are great but once that band broke up, Ozzy went downhill.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I would pick Dio. Twenty years ago it may have been a closer contest. The first two Ozzy albums are great and so is No more tears, but the rest of his albums are okay or worse. Dio has done a few clunkers like Angry machines and Strange Highways, but largely he has been far more consistant.

7:38 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

Although the world will be eternally grateful to Dio for coming up with the metal horns. Ozzy contribution to the genre is far more reaching.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Ben Heller said...

If you'd said Dio v Black Sabbath then I would have said Black Sabbath

Dio v Ozzy ???? I'd choose Dio, they've been more consistent.

Funny really, I'm one of the only people in the UK who bought and really liked "Heaven & Hell".

I'm waiting for a backlash from your readers Mark.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Webpirate said...

You have an English member here and I have an English wife, so I will err on the side of caution and reserve my opinion in light of my great dislike of all English music.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Fred-Ozzy coasted a lot on his guitarists and his image in the 80's.

Fuzz-It's close I think.

Ben-Sabbath are my favorite band and Heaven and hell was good for the band and good for metal. The last two albums with Ozzy stunk and it was the whole band's fault. Getting Dio and Vinnie Appice in the band gave them some new life.

Webpirate-Music as we know it would be pretty poor without the British rock and metal bands from between say 1965-1985. Probably half of my top ten bands are British.

12:42 PM  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Although the consistency of Dio is admirable, and I really enjoy a couple of Dio albums, it's hard to match Ozzy's first two releases and their influence on metal for decades.

Ozzy by a half-length.

-- david

2:18 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I vote for Dio. It's the same old thing over and over again, but I'm sick to death of Ozzy.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Sgt Fluffy said...

Man this is tough, I cant stand Ozzy anymore and Dio was never my favorite, but I will go with Dio since he has done a lot for metal over the years. Plus he gave us Mobe Rules, Sign of the Southern Cross and Holy Diver.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Webpirate said...

I strongly disagree with that statement Metal Mark. The English Invasion is little more than a foot note in the real rock realm. Do you really think America would have not rocked on without the English? Or more to the point, do you not know that the English really should be thanking us for allowing them to be anything more than they were across the big Pond. When the Beatles came across, they were lucky to be signed at all. If they would not have been signed, what would the face of music look like today? Do you really think that like the Beatles, bands would have found another influence? For that matter, how cares what would have influenced them? LZ "influenced" Tool. What does that mean exactly? Means they listened to them and wanted to do music, does not mean they wanted to be Led Zepplin, does not mean they took there sound from them. If there was no Led Zepplin, would Tool not have found some other band/person to enlighten them? You better belive it.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Webpirate-Claiming a band would have found another inspiration is all speculation because british did happen and in a big way. I don't mean I just appreciate them because they influenced whoever, I like a lot of British bands from the Who to Motorhead and a lot in between. They were matching or surpassing American bands for years. Your point about the Beatles just doesn't hold water because a lot of acts came from humble beginnings were lucky to get signed. Not just bands from other countries because you look at Elvis or Buddy Holly as example of artists that were surprised they got signed. However, each to his own.

7:24 PM  
Blogger José Carlos Santos said...

i agree with ben heller up there. in band terms, black sabbath were more important and influential. in personal terms, dio has been more consistent, more true to himself, and has aged infinitely more gracefully. plus, i love his voice much better.

1:13 AM  
Blogger Ben Heller said...

I agree that British music has been very influential, but then the British music that you guys hear is firmly rooted in Black American music from the 30's,40's and 50's.

Webpirate states that he dislikes English music, when in fact the English music he is listening to was firstly influenced by American artists such as Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry and other Blues artists from that era.

The first "British Invasion" of the 1960's was led by bands like the Beatles and The Stones who were rooted in American Blues.

The second "British Invasion" was from the Punk bands of the late 70's and they were influenced by American acts like The Stooges, The New York Dolls and The Ramones.

I doubt that Webpirate has heard any true English music, unless he has traditional Folk albums by bands like Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny or possibly Folk Rock like Jethro Tull. That is purely influenced by Folk music and perhaps I can burn him a CD so he can sample some TRUE English music.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

Dio - band is more consistent and RJD actually writes songs.

4:00 AM  
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