Andy Rehfeldt / YouTube
We got a pretty good giggle today after this video slid across our desks, the genius of YouTuber and musician Andy Rehfeldt and Ozzy Osbourne colliding in the form of classic footage set to ska music. Rehfeldt, known for turning Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” into a smooth jazz masterpiece, arranged, performed and recorded Osbourne’s “Over the Mountain” as a ska piece, setting it to 80s era footage of Osbourne that manages to be equal parts hilarious and absolutely genius.
The slow, easy feeling of Rehfeldt’s ska track totally betrays what’s going on in the video as Ozzy stalks from one side of the stage to the other, clapping excitedly while guitarist Jake E. Lee pulls off intricate guitar work and insane solos that shouldn’t sync perfectly with the audio but by some stroke of magic, do.
After giving it a few spins, we’re not sure what we love more – the fact that we never knew that ska could rock quite this hard, or the fact that all it took was a whole lot of imagination and a great sense of humor to put a brand new spin on a song and make a solid impact with it. We’ll let you be the judges; we’ve included Andy Rehfeldt’s video just below, along with the original footage from the 1983 US Festival. Enjoy and let us know what you think!