"Mr. Crowley" by Ozzy

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Mike Money, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
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    That has got to be my favorite Ozzy song, but what exactly did the guy who the song is about do?

    (I think it should be in recordings...)
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Alasteir Crowley was the last person in Britain to be buried under the Satanic Rites - it was actually in my home town and I have seen the grave.

    I remember having a strange experience when I was reading about his life and then realised from the text that I could actually see the graveyard from the window of the room I was in!!

    It was very spooky - like something was calling to me......:eek:
  3. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
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    What is the Satanic Rites?
  4. By-Tor

    By-Tor Guest

    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Alister Crowley was heavily into the Occult.
    I don't know much about him, but do a search in Yahoo or whatever. You will find some info on him.

    I know Jimmy Page was a fan of Alister Crowley, I heard he bought his home at one point, but I don't know if that is fact or not.

    A funny thing: When I used to do cable TV construction in new housing developments, I did a job at a new development and there were two streets in the development that were named Alister and the next street was named Crowley.
  5. By-Tor

    By-Tor Guest

    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Here ya go, take it for what it's worth. Got it off some website.

    Jimmy Page, of the rock group Led Zeppelin, who owned one of the largest occult bookstores in England, had purchased the mansion of Edward Alister Crowley(1875-1947), one of the most famous Satanists of all time, who called himself "the most wickedest man in the world." The home is said to be inhabited by demons. Page referred to Crowley as an "unrecognized genius of twentieth century thinking." Band member, Robert Plant, who wrote the song "Stairway to Heaven," was also interested in the occult and said that the song just came together, as if he was being driven by some "spiritual force." He said: "Somebody pushed my pen, I think." It became one of the biggest selling records in music history, and is still one of the most requested songs on rock format radio stations. Some of the words, typical of witch language, having a double-meaning. The line: "And when you wind on down the road, the shadow's taller than your soul," means that Satan is supposed to be stronger than us(which, of course, he isn't). Page said it was taken from the writings of a Druid priest, hundreds of years ago, which was based on the Bible. Which Bible?
  6. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    I like the song, but the guitar solo is far too simple for my tastes.... ;)
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    The opposite of the Satanic wrongs!! ;)
  8. Stu L.

    Stu L.

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    IMO, that was Randy Rhodes' best guitar solo.
  9. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    That was also Randy's favorite solo.

    I read in an interview some years ago that that solo was recorded "off the cuff" and in one take, cause Ozzy didnt like the original solo Randy had intended for that song.
  10. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    It's been speculated that Page owning Crowley's house brought about some made mojo that was responsible for all of the bad luck that happened to Zepplin afterwards.
  11. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    The synth playing at the beginning is so cheesy it makes me chuckle everytime... still kinda cool. Good song, good album.
  12. PolkaHero

    PolkaHero Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2002
    Cheesy?! That's one of the coolest introductions ever! Awesome cyclical chord progression in d minor!

    Yeah, I also play organ. . .:oops:
  13. Lackey

    Lackey Supporting Member

    May 10, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    ah,, good ole' Crowley. This dude used to channel "spirits" thru his wives (i think he had 5? I believe all of them committed suicide too), so he could "capture" the "magick". Apparently he wasn't a "Satanist",, he felt he was much higher along the occultic food chain than that. However, he used the proverb "Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" in his own life. I remember reading of one incident where one of his wives became "possessed" at some sort of museum, leading Crowley to museum piece number 666, which pleased him greatly,, as it was a number he "had always felt connected to".

    I'm a Christian, not an occultist, and I have read some of his so called "works" just to see what the dude was about,, my advice is to stay far away from him and any other similar works (Necronomicon, witchcraft, etc...). I had one of the most terrifying physical and mental experiences of my life while reading some of his passages.