Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Billy Morrison & Ozzy Osbourne… Crack Cocaine

British guitarist, singer, and songwriter Billy Morrison has a new solo album out on 19th April, titled The Morrison Project, via the TLG/Virgin Music Group.

Ahead of that is his new single, that guest features Ozzy Osbourne, ‘Crack Cocaine’ – Only the song, co-written by Osbourne, Morrison and his fellow Billy Idol Band guitarist, Steve Stevens, isn’t about drugs.

Rather, the song is about a guy who’s loves his girlfriend and that feels a bit like being addicted to ‘Crack Cocaine‘, as a sampling of the lyrics here denotes: “I guess the way that your love makes me feel; must mean I’m really addicted. Loving you is driving me insane,
 I put you down and pick you up again
Like crack cocaine.”

To get the full story, check out the video here at RAMzine, then purchase/stream the single digitally by clicking here.

Primarily known as Billy Idol’s rhythm guitar player for the past 15 years, The Morrison Project, is Billy Morrison’s third solo album, and his first since 2015. Produced by the man himself, it was mixed by Barry Pointer, and mastered by Dave Donnelly. The songs were all recorded in Los Angeles at various studios and written by Morrison in collaboration with his guests; an impressive bunch that includes Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, DMC, Al Jourgensen, Steve Vai, Steve Stevens, Linda Perry, Tommy Clufetos, and John5, among others.

“I truly believe that making music without any preconceptions or goals yields the most creative and enjoyable results. And that is exactly how this record came to life,” Morrison explained. “Making music with Erik (Eldenius) and Jeordie (White) during covid, and mixing different musical styles started my journey towards this collection of songs that ended up featuring a lot of my friends.”

Tracks featured on the album are: ‘Drowning’(written by Morrison, Erik Eldenius & Jeordie White), ‘Crack Cocaine’ featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Stevens with Tommy Clufetos on Drums (by Morrison, Osbourne & Stevens), ‘Its Come To This’(by Morrison & Eldenius), ‘The Ayes Have itfeaturing Al Jourgensen and John5 with Roy Mayorga on drums (by Morrison), ‘Dystopia’ (by Morrison/Eldenius/White), ‘Incite The Watch’ featuring Corey Taylor and Steve Vai (by Morrison, Eldenius, White & Taylor), ‘Puppets On A String(by Billy Morrison, Eldenius & White), ‘Just Like A Movie’ featuring D.M.C. and Persia Numan with Erik Eldenius on drums  (by Morrison, Eldenius, White, Darryl McDaniels & Numan), ‘The Sound Of Freedom’(by Morrison, Eldenius & White), ‘Mr. Dream’  featuring Billy Idol and Steve Stevens (by Morrison, Eldenius, White, Stevens & Idol), ‘We Are The Dead’(by Morrison, Eldenius & White) and ‘Chasing Shadows’ featuring Linda Perry) (by Morrison).

“While the guest artists on Billy’s record are very impressive, it’s the songwriting that sold me,” said TLG/Virgin Music Group’s Dennis Sanders. We feel blessed here at TLG to have the opportunity to bring this music to the world.”

‘Drowning’ was previously released as a single and its accompanying video illustrated the soul-destroying effects of information overload, and you can check that out here at RAMzine too, and get the single by clicking here.

“I drove everyone crazy with this video,” said Morrison. “First thing I said was ‘We need underwater videography because I’m going to fall into a deep swimming pool with 20lbs of weights attached. So, I sink like a stone. I want you to film it!’ Once I had them on board with that,” he added, “I threw in ‘Oh, and we need to rent three huge cockroaches which are going to crawl all over my face’—I’m sure they all think I’m crazy, but that sense of unease in the video captures the essence of the song. Information overload. We all feel it!”.

Directed by Devin Szell, producedby Blue Chair Productions, and shot in Los Angeles.  The ‘Drowning’ video is “gritty, fast-paced and hectic—an attempt to illustrate what my head felt like at the time,” explained Morrison. “I had reached a point two or three years ago where the information flow was so constant, so extreme and so polarising to me that I couldn’t take it all in. Too much news, too many pundits and opinionated idiots. I felt like I was drowning in negativity. My previous solution was to numb out, get loaded, feel nothing, so this time I wrote the song as a cathartic way of dealing with what I was feeling at the time.”

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Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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