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Well, I think that Lou has said himself that MMM was meant to be an exile and that it indeed was fuck you to his mainstream fans
Twister's love for it to the contrary, I quite agree. The only other album I can think of that goes to nearly the same lengths is Dylan's Self Portrait. I think I once tried to argue (unsuccessfully) that the closest Bowie came to an intentionally alienating album is Lodger, but the TM argument is interesting. Certainly, the move to TM wasn't a fuck you musically, but in terms of attempting to reject stardom, it was probably *more* of a fuck you than MMM.
Fine words butter no parsnips.