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pianocraft
(electric tomato)
03/21/03 04:47 AM
The real Aladdin Sane  

One must not overlook the deliberate pun contained in the title, "Aladdin Sane."

Aladdin truly has a mental disorder: he is possibly the most isolated character in Bowie's oeuvre.

This is a person who can't make contact with the world around him.

Do passionate bright young things fill him with joy, comfort and company? No. Beautiful women tear him apart because he is unable to connect with them.

That is why the question is repeated throughout the song, Whose love will make Aladdin sane?

The tragic answer is that no one will love Aladdin. All he has are dead roses and sad remains.

The music and lyrics combine to make a stunning portrait of autism.



poorsoul
(kook)
03/21/03 09:09 PM
Or... new [re: pianocraft]  

"Who will love Aladdin sane?"

Well I wouldn't buy no merchandise
And I wouldn't go to war


revidescent
(grinning soul)
03/21/03 09:22 PM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: pianocraft]  

That, and schizophrenia.

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pianocraft
(electric tomato)
03/22/03 06:21 AM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: revidescent]  

Yes, revidescent, the lightning bolt on Aladdin's face does denote schizophrenia. This, according to Bowie himself. That is a more apt description of Aladdin's malady. Thanks



Cucumber
(wild eyed peoploid)
03/22/03 03:16 PM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: revidescent]  

Who'll love a lad insane?

Nobody loves insane lads

Millions weep a fountain,just in case of sunrize

Millions sympathize with his pain,because they want to appear merciful.

Don't fake it!
They feign humanity in a desperate atte,pt to save their own souls.

From the societal point of view,people like Aladdin,are futile.Mentally disabled people have always been dashed out,just look at the term mentally defectiveAladdin has no other choice but to alienate himself from the world,because he doesn't need the world's brine and because he feels that the world doesn't need him.

Are mentally disabled people really defective,useless?Well in this day and age,where *normal* people resolve issues with warfare and flagellation,they surely are.Yet the protagonist is certain that A Lad Insane will make it.

The sunrise symbolizes enlightenment,an evolution of the mind.The protagonist is incorporating the idea that one day the earth will exorcise the bigoted from her orbit,leaving only the extra sensitive divine creatures and those who wept for them(only a few million out of 7 Billion),to built the new order.


And by the way,does anybody know what Terry Jones' illness was?


Edited by Cucumber on 03/22/03 06:23 PM (server time).



abe11825
(crash course raver)
04/04/03 10:00 PM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: Cucumber]  

In reply to:

And by the way,does anybody know what Terry Jones' illness was?


schizophrenia, by what i've read.

__________________________________________
Somebody called me Sebastian
Work out a rhyme, toss me the time, lay me, you're mine
And we all know, oh yeah!


Cucumber
(wild eyed peoploid)
04/04/03 11:07 PM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: abe11825]  

In reply to:

schizophrenia, by what i've read


There're different types of schizophrenia.5-6 I think.A friend of mine was diagnosed residual




Pythonis
(kook)
04/05/03 12:22 PM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: Cucumber]  

He was a paranoid schizophrenic. He ended up killing himself because of the paranoia and depression

"If you don't have anything nice to say about somebody, sit right here by me"

T.J. Newton
(cracked actor)
04/06/03 01:28 PM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: Pythonis]  

In reply to:

He was a paranoid schizophrenic. He ended up killing himself because of the paranoia and depression


Exactly. It happend in 1985 and Bowie did not attend the funeral, as he thought (probably he was absolutely right) it would turn into a media happening.
Terry's suicide was inspiration for Bowie's song Jump They Say. Judging by the video, Terry must have commited suicide by jumping from a tall building?

It's too late - to be grateful
It's too late - to be late again
It's too late - to be hateful
The european cannon is here


RabbitFighter
(crash course raver)
04/06/03 01:59 PM
Re: The real Aladdin Sane new [re: T.J. Newton]  

In reply to:

Terry must have commited suicide by jumping from a tall building?


Nope, threw himself on railtracks. My mother´s uncle died same way, I´ve heard that people who get ranover by a train are one of the ugliest possible sights that you could ever witnes... Mom´s uncle lost his head and the rest of the corpse was pretty beaten up also from what I´ve heard.


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