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|Single by Black Sabbath|
|from the album Born Again|
|B-side||"Zero the Hero"|
|Released||7 August 1983|
|Format||7" promo / 12" promo|
Warner Bros. (US/Canada)
|Songwriter(s)||Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward|
"Trashed" is a song from the album Born Again, by English rock band Black Sabbath. It was released as a single also. It is the first song of the album, and one of the first songs by the Gillan Sabbath lineup.
"Trashed" relates how Gillan crashed Ward's car during an alcohol-fuelled race around the grounds of the recording studio. Ian Gillan recounts:
|“||I did have a small mishap though; 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.||”|
The song was re-recorded by Gillan for his solo album Gillan's Inn, with Tony Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover. This version was featured on the 2011 compilation album Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi: WhoCares.
The track also gained some controversy, as it was featured in the PMRC "Filthy Fifteen" list. They claimed the song was about drug and alcohol abuse. This is ironic, considering that it was in fact a warning against driving under the influence. "Thank you Mr. Miracle", the lyric goes, "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 PMRC might have managed to listen to the song before condemning it, but the publicity resulted in an increase in album sales for many of the bands on the list.
The song also had a music video. Like a majority of songs on the album, it was only performed during Ian Gillan's time with the band.