Psycho Man (Black Sabbath song)

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"Psycho Man"
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Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Reunion
Released 20 October 1998
Recorded A&M Studios, Hollywood, California, April–May 1998
Length5:18
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi
Producer(s) Bob Marlette
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
(1994)
"Psycho Man"
(1998)
"Selling My Soul"
(1999)

"The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
(1994)
"Psycho Man"
(1998)
"Selling My Soul"
(1999)

"Psycho Man" is a single by heavy metal band Black Sabbath. [1] It was originally released on the Reunion album in 1998, and was the first of two new singles from the album, the other being "Selling My Soul." The song reached number 3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. The song was later included in Ozzy Osbourne's 2005 box set Prince of Darkness . The music and lyrics were written by singer Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Tony Iommi. Psycho Man and Selling My Soul are the only Black Sabbath songs to be credited just to these two members. In Canada, the song reached number 24 on the RPM charts. [2]

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Contents

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Track listing

  1. "Psycho Man" (Danny Saber Remix) – 4:17
  2. "Psycho Man" (radio edit) – 4:06
  3. "Psycho Man" (album version) – 5:23

Personnel

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References

  1. "Black Sabbath – Psycho Man". discogs.com . Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  2. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/028020/f2/nlc008388.6995.pdf
  3. Christgau, Robert (February 1, 2000). "Happy You Near". The Village Voice . Retrieved September 10, 2018.