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Trashed (Black Sabbath song)

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Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Born Again
B-side"Zero the Hero"
Released7 August 1983
Format7" promo / 12" promo
Warner Bros. (US/Canada)
Songwriter(s)Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward
Producer(s)Black Sabbath

"Trashed" is the opening song from Born Again, by English rock band Black Sabbath. It was one of the first songs created by the incarnation of Sabbath fronted by Ian Gillan.[1]


"Trashed" relates how Gillan crashed drummer Bill Ward's car during an alcohol-fuelled race around the grounds of the recording studio. The singer recounts:

I did have a small mishap… having clipped a pile of tyres on a previous lap, I ran over one of them on the next and was instantly flipped, skidding and spinning upside down at a high speed and for a great distance along the road, until I stopped eventually, inches short of the swimming pool.

"I remember the night that Ian crashed that car…" Ward remarked. "I know why that car crashed and I didn't find it amusing anymore. I went through hell behind narcotic and alcohol addiction, and so things [like] 'I crashed my car, man', I take these things real serious now. It's not fun for me at all… I'm not saying that the song was glamorised, but I prefer not to glamorise it."[2]

"Trashed" was released as a single,[3] with an accompanying video. Like most of Born Again's songs, it was performed only during Gillan's time with the band.

The track gained controversy as one of the PMRC's "Filthy Fifteen". The organisation claimed the song was about drug and alcohol abuse. This is ironic, considering "Trashed" warned against driving under the influence: "Thank you Mr. Miracle, you saved me from some pain / I thank you Mr. Miracle, I won't get trashed again / Oh can't you hear my lies? Don't you bother with this fool, just laugh into his eyes."

The song was rerecorded by Gillan for his solo album Gillan's Inn, with Tony Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover. This version reappeared on the 2011 compilation Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi: WhoCares.

Track listing

  1. "Trashed" – 3:56
  2. "Zero the Hero" – 3:58


  1. ^ "Black Sabbath – Trashed". Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  2. ^ Schroer, Ron (October 1996). "Bill Ward and the Hand of Doom – Part III: Disturbing the Peace". Southern Cross (Sabbath fanzine) #18. p. 23.
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