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(wild eyed peoploid)
03/11/05 07:05 PM
Bowie's first coke album  

One of Bowie's most famous quotes is

"The only kinds of drugs I use are those that keep me working. I like fast drugs. I don't like drugs that slow me down. I hate sleep, it's such a waste of time. One of the things that makes me angry is we can't do anything about sleep or the common cold."

Without any question, Bowie's favorite hors d'oeuvre was cocaine. Some Bowie albums like Young Americans and Station To Station are famous for having been recorded under its influence.

A famous anecdote about YA is that Bowie stopped recording in the NY studio he was renting for thousands of dollars an hour until more coke could be delivered for the all night session. Bowie has said, of the STS album, that he was so fueled up during these sessions that he does not remember making it.

But I feel that these were not the first albums made under the power of cocaine. I think that Aladdin Sane is the first album that marks Bowie's use of the drug. Aladdin Sane is peppered with references to the sparkling powder.

The first song, Watch That Man, could be about a coke party. The singer is "shaking like a leaf" at a party that lasts all night, running to the streets, and "looking for information." This is a character under the influence of a crystalline drug that speeds him up and keeps him awake, shaky and energized all night. Another character in the song is "The Reverend Alabaster," a foreshadowing of The Thin White Duke.

Another song on the album that refers to cocaine is Drive In Saturday. Bowie has said that the inspiration for this song came on a tour bus in the middle of the night while Bowie was driving through midwest America. Bowie saw some domes out of the window which no one was able to explain. I feel that Bowie was snorting coke while he saw these domes:
"With snorting head he gazes toward the shore/
Which once had raised a sea that raged no more..." The entire song has a coked up science fiction feel, complete with effects that seem to span the galaxies. The subject of the song is impotence, a common side effect of cocaine.

Panic In Detroit is about a coke binge in which the sleepless narrator is overwhelmed by paranoia. As he "panics" and begins to hallucinate, he sees everything tinged with violence, survival and revolution. There are references to guns, sirens, gangs, police, and planes. In panic, the singer runs to the window and then reads a cryptic message: "Let me collect dust." "Dust" is slang for cocaine.

Perhaps the stongest line about cocaine on the album occurs in Jean Genie, when the title character, in New York, is "walking On Snow White." "Snow White" is slang for coke and the Genie is obviously a naive newcomer to the coke world, acting like a school girl discovering boys. This song is about the introduction to cocaine, when everything is still new and fun.

Bowie's Aladdin Sane is the first album he made after discovering cocaine. The record is jammed with lines about the substance that would light his music for the next three years.

(crash course raver)
03/11/05 07:07 PM
Re: Bowie's first coke album? new [re: to_dizzy]  

Bowie made me want to get addicted to cocaine. talk about a bad influence.

Throw it against the wall.
Stamp on the fish!

03/12/05 06:22 AM
Heart of glass new [re: orcajenn]  

Which is the worse addiction?

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03/12/05 09:43 AM
Re: Heart of glass new [re: ghostlove]  

In reply to:


Thats an addiction! excuse my sHaKy writing

I voted for the demon weed cigarettes, Bowie himself has said this was his worst addiction to get shot of.

London Bye Ta-Ta...

03/12/05 11:34 AM
Re: Heart of glass new [re: ghostlove]  

Nicotine is by far the worse additction. Crack would be the most addictive, once you hit it your through. Heroin is the worst to kick physically, having to come so close to death just to kick. (not me)

Cigarettes is the most demanding addiction in that you crave it 24/7 until you either smoke one or go insane.

Now the savage days are here

(thunder ocean)
03/12/05 01:16 PM
Re: Heart of glass new [re: ghostlove]  

I've got two addictions, caffeine and masturbation, and the former is much more expensive. So I guess that's worse.

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03/12/05 01:51 PM
Re: Heart of glass new [re: Sysiyo]  

I have never heard of anyone going blind through drinking coffee though

Jareth'sGirl, the Goblin Queen.

(thunder ocean)
03/12/05 01:58 PM
Besides, it's the cheap russian spirits that blind new [re: pablopicasso]  

I don't drink coffee. I ruin my teeth with various colas.

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(cracked actor)
03/12/05 02:02 PM
Re: Besides, it's the cheap russian spirits that b new [re: Sysiyo]  

Cola makes people fat. And fat people seem to talk about masturbation an awful lot. I think I've just figured out the answer to all your problems.

No offense, by the way.

And that's what happens when you type while vomiting.

(thunder ocean)
03/12/05 02:32 PM
Re: Besides, it's the cheap russian spirits that b new [re: schizophrenic]  

Unless they're ones made only with artificial sweeteners. In which case they're even worse for your teeth.

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