Listen on

Episode notes

Ozzy Osbourne orally decapitated a bat live on stage in Des Moines, Iowa on 20th January, 1982; an act that quickly went down as one of the most outrageous moments in rock n roll history.

Concertgoer Mark Neal, 17, said the bat was dead long before he threw it on stage. But this was not Osbourne’s first offence: he had previously shocked attendees at a CBS press launch by biting the head away from a live dove.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly trace the origins of Osbourne’s bizarre bird-and-bat-beheading behaviour; applaud the ingenuity of his long-suffering wife Sharon; and debate whether Alice Cooper intentionally threw a chicken to a braying mob to be mutilated…

CONTENT WARNING: animal cruelty, offensive language beeped.

Further Reading:

• ‘Everything you need to know about Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off a bat in Des Moines’ (

• ‘When Ozzy Osbourne Bit Off the Heads of Two Doves (’:

• ‘Ozzy Osbourne talking to David Letterman about the bat incident’ (NBC, 1982):

For bonus material and to support the show, visit

We'll be back tomorrow! Follow us wherever you get your podcasts:

The Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.

Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.

Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.

#80s #Music #Person #Strange #Macabre #US

See for privacy and opt-out information.