No I'm not talking about the poster (hi sweetie!). During one of my internet wanderings tonight, I came to the website of the First Church of Satan. I decided to check out the message board and found a thread discussing Aleister Crowley. I have not read anything by Crowley, but I was led to this quote by him:
"We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of Kings: stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world...I am of the snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs...They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self ...Be strong oh man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture.... The kings of the earth shall be kings forever: the slaves shall serve.
"Them that seek to entrap thee, to over throw thee, them attack without pity or quarter; and destroy them utterly. I am unique and conqueror. I am not of the slaves that perish. Be they damned and dead! Amen. Pity not the fallen! I never knew them. I am not for them. I console not: I hate the consoled and the consoler!"
- Aleister Crowley, The Book of the Law
The message of this excerpt is very fascistic in nature, and not at all out of tune with the theme of 'Scream Like A Baby.' And we've all heard the rumors of the teutonic occultic obsessions of the Third Reich. Now, it's extremely likely that Bowie could have put the words strange and drugs together without having read this book. But it is a very striking combination of words in my opinion. And it's not completely out of the question that Bowie was inspired by Crowly, especially considering his references in 'Quicksand.'
I'm especially interested in imput from LaughingGnoome, considering her satanic animal sacrifice interpretation of 'Bewlay Brothers.'
I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas