Oh for the love of Ra!
Far Out Magazine posted the clickbait piece: Is David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ inspired by Aleister Crowley? An excerpt reads:
“Since 1971’s Hunky Dory, Bowie has been referencing Crowley’s teachings. In his song ‘Quicksand’, Bowie sings: “I’m closer to the Golden Dawn, Immersed in Crowley’s uniform of imagery.” Things don’t stop there, either. In his 1976 song ‘Station to Station’ Bowie once again made reference to Crowley, this time picking out his book of erotic poetry White Stains, compounding the many hauntings, spooks and suspected otherworldly experiences bowie claimed to have endured during this heavily drugged period of his life.
“Cocaine greatly impacted Bowie’s life, both professionally and personally, but as the paranoia of the period subsided, Bowie still kept himself connected to Crowley. In Lazarus, Bowie pays homage to Crowley’s Tree of life, and, as you might have guessed, in ‘Let’s Dance,’ there is also a striking resemblance to some of Crowley’s lesser-known works, namely his poem Lyric of Love to Leah, a piece that Bowie would have undoubtedly known about.”
If you’ve got a lotta free time you could read the whole magilla.
(And of course I’m totally posting this as clickbait! Hehehehe!)