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Album: No More TearsReleased: 1991Charted:
A very macabre song about a stalker who torments women in a red-light district, this song was written by Osbourne along with his guitarist Zakk Wylde, drummer Randy Castillo, bass player Mike Inez and producer John Purdell. Wylde told us
how it came together: "We were just messing around in rehearsals. Mike started jamming that on the bass, then Randy started playing drums, and then John started doing that keyboard bit."
No More Tears was the first album Ozzy recorded while he was sober. This was a big change for him, since he had done drugs and alcohol for over 20 years. He became a family man, and was even rumored to exercise from time to time.
This was the first single from the album. Unlike previous Ozzy albums, it did not have a demonic title and cover art. Ozzy is pictured on the cover with angel wings.
Ozzy called the subsequent tour "No More Tours," and said it would be his last. After it ended, he got bored and decided to tour some more, calling his next one the "Retirement Sucks Tour."
Future Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez is credited as a writer for this song. Although longtime Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley played on the song, the intro bass riff was composed by Inez, who also performed in the album's videos and promotional tours
The album was digitally remastered and re-released in 2002.
"No More Tears" once saved the life of a Sabbath-loving autistic eight-year-old boy. Joshua Robb ran into the San Bernardino Mountains of California to escape allegedly abusive parents, and he was found walking toward rescuers 24 hours later, after police blasted this song from speakers.
This song also can be heard being played in the Adam Sandler movie Little Nicky during the final battle scene where Osbourne appears.
Bob Daisley played bass on this track. He was the lyricist for Ozzy's first three solo albums, but on the third - Bark at the Moon
- he was uncredited because of an agreement where he took a buyout. In our interview with Daisley
, he talked about his work on this song: "I had a hand in the musical side of that. When it came to lyrics, I was going to write the lyrics, but I said, 'Well, I don't want to do a buyout this time. I'd rather get my songwriting credits and maybe put it through the publishing company.' That's when I was asked to go home."