No Rest for the Wicked
Released October 22, 1988
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Label Epic, Sony, CBS

No Rest for the Wicked is the fifth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on October 22, 1988 and was re-issued / remastered on August 22, 1995 and again on June 25, 2002. The album was certified gold in December 1989 and has since gone double platinum. No Rest for the Wicked is the first album to feature Zakk Wylde on guitar. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200.

Track Listing

All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, Randy Castillo and John Sinclair except where noted

  1. "Miracle Man" (Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley) - 3:43
  2. "Devil's Daughter (Holy War)" - 5:14
  3. "Crazy Babies" (Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo) - 4:14
  4. "Breaking All the Rules" - 5:14
  5. "Bloodbath in Paradise" - 5:02
  6. "Fire in the Sky" - 6:24
  7. "Tattooed Dancer" (Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley) - 3:23
  8. "Demon Alcohol" (Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo) - 4:27
  9. "Hero" - 4:45

Subject Matter

  • "Miracle Man" is about the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart's 1988 prostitution scandal and the general hypocrisy, in Osbourne's eyes, of "televangelists". In the video for the song Zakk Wylde wears a mask with the likeness of Swaggart and Osbourne cavorts with swine, his pants around his ankles, carrying around a large staff decorated with a dollar sign.
  • "Bloodbath in Paradise" is about the Tate/LeBianca murders by The Manson Family. Although it is stated by Phil Alexander, Editor-In-Chief of Kerrang! Magazine, that it is about the Vietnam war in the 2002 remaster booklet, the song clearly refers to the Manson Family with lyrics like "You're comin' home - there's blood on the wall and Charlie / and the Family made house calls." This could be seen to conflate the two themes, as 'Charlie' was a nickname used by U.S. servicemen for the Viet Mingh.
  • "Demon Alcohol" is about the dangers of alcohol, much like "Suicide Solution" from Blizzard of Ozz.