Endless Loop: No More Tears

ozzyHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne

Up until just a few years ago (i.e. when I had kids), I listened to music to fall asleep on most nights, be it by radio, or cassette, or CD, or MP3. Sometimes I’d listen via headphones, and sometimes I’d let the stereo just fill the room with songs (my wife was very cool about this). It was in grade school that I started sleeping to music, and being that I didn’t have the largest music collection at the time, I spent most nights switching the dial back and forth between the only two radio stations that kids in Midland, Texas really listened to, the Top 40 jams of FOXY 106 or the classic and (kind of) current hard rock of KBAT. That’s when I remember hearing Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tears” for the first time in seventh grade.

The bass line begins alone, followed by an onset of precise studio drums and a dramatic chorus of synthesized strings. And then Zakk Wylde’s slinking, shredding guitar licks come into play before it all drops off, leaving the rhythm section on its own, the groundwork set for Ozzy’s unmistakable vocals to kick in. I was transfixed, late in the evening, under my sheets, an old Sony Walkman in my hands with those wiry, crappy headphones pressed against my ears. I thought it was one of the coolest things I’d ever heard.

To be completely honest, I still do.

“No More Tears,” both the song and the album, sneaked its way into the cultural lexicon just a couple of months before Nirvana broke, and the alt-rock/punk rock revolution began in earnest, changing the musical and pop cultural soundscape, if not for good, then at least for the foreseeable future at the time back in the early 90’s. Because of this, the pop metal song is almost like a time capsule, capturing a particular sound from 25 years ago, and preserving it in a figurative amber shell, unaltered and unscathed. It is forever of its time and of its era, blasting through the headphones of my 12-year old self back in 1991. And I still love it.

“It’s just a hand in the bush…in the bush…in the bush…in the bush…”

 

Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

2 Responses to Endless Loop: No More Tears
  1. Shawn Reply

    I listened to this record today! It’s one of those that never leaves my ipod (the cassette I bought at the time of its release is loooong gone).
    For years this was the only Ozzy record I could really stand by other than Tribute simply because I’ll never forget that when it came out, even though I was an Ozzy fan, I remember feeling like he had finally come into the perfect sound. Let’s face it, a lot of those previous records have their moments but they’re flawed for sure; creaking under the strain of being OZZY records. He had that schitck and it worked to sell records but it also weighed them down and dated them at times. But No More Tears? It sounded new, perfect. I don’t know. But yeah, it’s an awesome record and the title track is my favorite Ozzy song for sure and one of the best of the decade – despite the tidal wave of great shit that came in with that alt/rock explosion You mention.

    Side note: it just dawned on me today that I saw Ozzy for the No More Tours tour after this record. Had a cool ass tour shirt and everything. And much like my live Nirvana experience… I remember nothing. Stupid drugs.

  2. Sara Reply

    “No More Tears” is hands-down one of my most favorite songs. I still remember riding around the Hollywood Hills with Shawn and both of us commenting how much we liked it. I put it on a mix CD shortly thereafter (a mix CD! In 2013!) and still listen to it on the regular. I’ll always have a soft spot for that memory and song. Thank you for bringing a nice memory up.

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