In 1980 Ozzy Osbourne had just released his first solo album ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ featuring guitar shredder Randy Rhoads. The song ‘Crazy Train’ has gone on to be a rock classic that transcended the world of heavy metal to become of popular culture at sports events, commercials and TV shows.
The latest use of ‘Crazy Train’ is in the wonderful new TV spot for the Honda Pilot. A bored looking family is seen driving along, when one of the kids starts to sing the bass riff from the song’s intro. The young girl in the middle seat joins in with Ozzy’s distinctive ‘aye aye aye’, another kid shakes his cup full of ice to mimic the percussion sound of the vibraflap (yes, I had to look it up). Soon the whole family has joined in creating an amazing accapella, with dad providing the lead guitar parts.
There was singing on our family trips too, but they were mostly off-key but well-intentioned renditions of Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring or Fire’ or Roger Miller’s ‘King of the Road’.