October 14, 1972
In 1972, metal hell froze over, and the seemingly unfathomable happened. It was Oct. 14, 1972 when one of the most unlikely hard rock albums was released to an unsuspecting, Tiger Beat-reading public. That album was Crazy Horses, by the Osmonds.
Co-produced by Michael Lloyd of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and evoking Led Zeppelin, Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles, Tower of Power, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Crazy Horses earned the Osmonds respect from other musicians as well
“Crazy Horses” has been sampled by Pop Will Eat Itself and covered by KMFDM, Electric Six, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, the Mission U.K., and even Metallica … and it’s one of Ozzy Osbourne’s favorite rock songs of all time.
The very respected book by Chuck Eddy entitled “Stairway to Hell: The 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe”, put Crazy Horses at No. 66.
There’s been discussions about remaking the Crazy Horses album, with guest appearances by all the rock musicians who say they’ve been inspired by it, like Ozzy, Duran Duran, Metallica, KMFDM …