Your weird (and very real) band of the day: Jazz Sabbath

If you believe the promo bumpf, Jazz Sabbath was formed in 1968 and released a brilliant debut album that was never released because a member died of a heart attack. That gave Ozzy Osbourne and his crew a chance to swoop in and steal everything Jazz Sabbath had created, including their songs. Those jazz numbers were turned into the familiar Sabbath metal.

Er, not true. Jazz Sabbath is a spoof band headed up by Adam Wakeman (son of Yes’s Rick Wakemen) who also happens to play keyboards for Ozzy. And yes, Ozzy is cool with this.

Jazz Sabbath’s “lost” debut album will be released on April 10 and will feature the “original” versions of “Fairies Wear Boots,” “Evil Woman,” “Rat Salad,” “Iron Man,” “Hand of Doom,” “Changes” and “Children of the Grave.”

No “Paranoid?” Disappointing.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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