A pleasant night in LA and look, here’s an ice cream truck. Not just any ice-cream truck, the ice-cream truck from the cover of Coal Chamber’s debut album, Coal Chamber, on which Loco is the opening track.
Despite various sources on the internet claiming the ice cream man is Ozzy Osbourne, it isn’t. Look at his face. It’s a different face to Ozzy Osbourne, because he’s a different man. This dude looks like a mixture of him, Dani Filth and Noel Fielding, although is channeling a very Ozzy-like manic energy.
Part of the reason people think it’s Ozzy, apart from the vague resemblance, is due to a few connections between him and the band. They played the first-ever Ozzfest, in 1996. They were managed by Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife. Later, in 1999, they performed with Ozzy on a cover of Peter Gabriel’s Shock The Monkey.
He’s good though, this guy. Really giving it his all.
That’s bass player and former dance teacher Rayna Foss playing with a ball on the veranda.
Born in Atlanta, she played on the first two Coal Chamber albums before leaving to start a family with her husband, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose. This relationship caused tension within the band, as Coal Chamber and Sevendust were in something of a rivalry – even when they ended up touring together in 2013 after the rivalry was supposedly put to bed (and Foss and Rose were long divorced), they still badmouthed each other in interviews.
That red toy in the ice cream man’s hand is a View-Master, invented in 1939 and based around using stereoscopic images to create a 3D effect. It was initially intended as an alternative to postcards, and was briefly used in military training by the US Army, but ended up as a toy. There is now a virtual reality version. View-Masters can be seen in films like ET and Jurassic Park.