FAITH NO MORE’s MIKE BORDIN on Re-Recording Drum Parts On Classic OZZY OSBOURNE Albums
In a new interview with Radio.com, Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin talked about his involvement in the controversial 2002 re-recordings of the drum and bass parts on Ozzy Osbourne’s first two solo albums, 1980’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” and 1981’s “Diary Of A Madman”.
The tracks originally played by Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake on both albums were replaced on the reissue by Bordin and Robert Trujillo after Daisley and Kerslake sued Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne over royalties. They were restored for the 30th-anniversary editions.
Asked if it was weird to play drums on the re-recordings of “Blizzard Of Ozz” and “Diary Of A Madman”, Bordin — who was part of Osbourne’s solo band from 1996 to 2010 — told Radio.com: “That was really kind of a fucked up thing… That wasn’t what I was going in expecting to do [when I went into the studio to record those tracks]. So, that’s all I’ll say about it. I’m not ever going to throw anyone under the bus, ever. But when it turned out that that’s what the reason was [for re-recording those tracks]… I never knew that. That doesn’t lessen the fact that it happened. But that wasn’t the way that it was presented to me at all. It was weird.”
He continued: “I will say this: to hear the original guitar, bass and drum tracks in my headphones while I was recording, was one of the most insane things that I will probably ever experience. I also think I heard some guitar solos that I’d never heard before.”
Bordin went on to say: “There’s a reason why those albums are so good, and why people love them so much. They’re magical. That’s down to all the guys who made those albums. Far be it from me to ever want to fuck with that. It’s something to be treasured.”
After Bordin was reminded that the original albums were eventually restored for the 30th-anniversary editions, he said: “They had to [do that]. It was just weird.”
Daisley said that he and Kerslake were fired because of disagreements with Sharon over a number of things, including refusing to do two shows in one day out of worry that Ozzy would blow out his voice.