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28th Apr '18 2:16:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** "1984" from ''Music/DiamondDogs'' was written as part of an aborted stage musical version of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's famous novel [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''.

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** "1984" from ''Music/DiamondDogs'' was written as part of an aborted stage musical version of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's famous novel [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''.
27th Apr '18 10:21:16 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** "TVC15" from ''Music/StationToStation'' is about how the narrator wants to enter his television set so he can be with his girlfriend who apparently already entered the TV.

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** "TVC15" "[=TVC15=]" from ''Music/StationToStation'' is about how the narrator wants to enter his television set so he can be with his girlfriend who apparently already entered the TV.
27th Apr '18 10:20:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Music/DavidBowie's 1995 concept album ''1. Outside'' is a story told in anachronic order of a 25-year-long investigation into illegal trade in body parts harvested in ritual murders centered in [[LondonEnglandSyndrome Oxford (NJ) and London (OT)]], which also seems to be a metaphor for Bowie's own career, including an apparent disco/industrial elegy to Major Tom. The fact that it was planned as part of a [[AbortedArc scrapped 3-or-5-part cycle]] does ''not'' help.
** "Life on Mars?" has been described as "a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dali painting." A girl leaves her house as her parents fight, goes to the movies, and then there's something about fighting sailors, corrupt cops, and Mickey Mouse.
** A lot of David Bowie is like this, and that's not even counting ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.
** The song ''1984'' was written as part of an aborted stage musical version of the book [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]].
** Trying to make a full list of Mind Screwy Bowie songs would be an exercise in insanity, but "Quicksand" deserves a special mention.
** Special mention to "African Night Fight"; parts of this exotic-sounding number are sung in a Kenyan dialect, and the bizarre lyrics describe some kind of fight, a baby being born silent, hardships, etc.
** [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu "Width Of A Circle".]]
** The saga of Ziggy Stardust is vague and open-ended enough that, when put together into a narrative, can mean many different things. It doesn't help that Bowie's own personal, but unofficial interpretation of the whole thing is a rather bizarre CosmicHorrorStory.

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* Music/DavidBowie's Music/DavidBowie:
** "The Width of a Circle" from Bowie's album ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld" is a surreal account of a [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu sexual encounter]] with an EldritchAbomination.
** "Life on Mars?" from ''Music/HunkyDory'' has been described as "a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dali painting." A girl leaves her house as her parents fight, goes to the movies, and then there's something about fighting sailors, corrupt cops, and Mickey Mouse. On the same album, "Quicksand" and "The Bewlay Brothers" are similarly filled with WordSaladLyrics.
** His subsequent album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' is vague and open-ended enough that, when put together into a narrative, it can mean many different things. It doesn't help that in an interview with Creator/WilliamSBurroughs in TheNineties, Bowie detailed a rather bizarre CosmicHorrorStory as one possible interpretation of the ConceptAlbum.
** "1984" from ''Music/DiamondDogs'' was written as part of an aborted stage musical version of Creator/GeorgeOrwell's famous novel [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''.
** "TVC15" from ''Music/StationToStation'' is about how the narrator wants to enter his television set so he can be with his girlfriend who apparently already entered the TV.
** On ''Music/{{Lodger}}'', parts of "African Night Fight" are sung in a Kenyan dialect, and the bizarre lyrics describe some kind of fight, a baby being born silent, hardships, etc.
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1995 concept album ''1. Outside'' is a story told in anachronic order of a 25-year-long investigation into illegal trade in body parts harvested in ritual murders centered in [[LondonEnglandSyndrome Oxford (NJ) and London (OT)]], which also seems to be a metaphor for Bowie's own career, including an apparent disco/industrial elegy to Major Tom. The fact that it was planned as part of a [[AbortedArc scrapped 3-or-5-part cycle]] does ''not'' help.
** "Life on Mars?" has been described as "a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dali painting." A girl leaves her house as her parents fight, goes to the movies, and then there's something about fighting sailors, corrupt cops, and Mickey Mouse.
** A lot of David Bowie is like this, and that's not even counting ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.
** The song ''1984'' was written as part of an aborted stage musical version of the book [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]].
** Trying to make a full list of Mind Screwy Bowie songs would be an exercise in insanity, but "Quicksand" deserves a special mention.
** Special mention to "African Night Fight"; parts of this exotic-sounding number are sung in a Kenyan dialect, and the bizarre lyrics describe some kind of fight, a baby being born silent, hardships, etc.
** [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu "Width Of A Circle".]]
** The saga of Ziggy Stardust is vague and open-ended enough that, when put together into a narrative, can mean many different things. It doesn't help that Bowie's own personal, but unofficial interpretation of the whole thing is a rather bizarre CosmicHorrorStory.
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23rd Mar '18 6:19:07 AM longWriter
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* ''Music/KidsPraise'': The ninth album is...a search ''for'' the ninth album. [[spoiler: And it's a plot point that every copy of the ninth album is destroyed by being thrown into a volcano, and this happens ''during the ninth album''.]] Yeah...
6th Jan '18 4:14:10 AM Screwhorn77
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* Another Ukrainian example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRfXy_-0xnY the first music video]] for Ivan Dorn's "Stytsaman" that was kept unreleased for 6 years. The one that got officially released is not this trope.
4th Dec '17 5:34:25 AM UchuuFlamenco
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* Many of the songs by LemonDemon have a very mind screwy lyrics, such as "The Saga of You, Confused Destroyer of Planets" or "Your Evil Shadow Has a Cup of Tea".

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* Many of the songs by LemonDemon Music/LemonDemon have a very mind screwy lyrics, such as "The Saga of You, Confused Destroyer of Planets" or "Your Evil Shadow Has a Cup of Tea".
29th Nov '17 8:53:33 PM danlansdowne
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** There have been many analyses of this classic song. One of the best is one of the earliest, [[http://sparkbbs.dreamwiz.com/cgi-bin/rbbsview.cgi?section=WAREHOUSE&start=3&pos=288 by Bob Dearborn]]. One of my favorites is the very Mind-Screw-friendly site [[http://www.imissamericanpie.com/ IMISSAMERICANPIE.COM]].



** There have been many analyses of this classic song. One of the best is one of the earliest, [[http://sparkbbs.dreamwiz.com/cgi-bin/rbbsview.cgi?section=WAREHOUSE&start=3&pos=288 by Bob Dearborn]]. One of my favorites is the very Mind-Screw-friendly site [[http://www.imissamericanpie.com/ IMISSAMERICANPIE.COM]].
21st Nov '17 11:34:27 AM Crocket_Lawnchair
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* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLrnkK2YEcE Frontier Psychiatrist]]'' by Music/TheAvalanches. The song is very strange, with lyrics and backing track all comprised from samples from a wide range of sources. The real stars of the show are the visuals. Sheet ghosts, a turtleguy, a monkey drummer, lots of old people, a skeleton with a golden eyeball, a giant bird, and rapping psychiatrists. You'll need a therapist to recover from the trauma of this mindfuck.
29th Oct '17 10:43:28 AM nombretomado
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* The music video for Fatboy Slim's ''Weapon of Choice''. Christopher Walken dancing around a Los Angeles hotel is strange enough in its own right. But ChristopherWalken ''flying'' around a Los Angeles hotel? Woah...

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* The music video for Fatboy Slim's ''Weapon of Choice''. Christopher Walken dancing around a Los Angeles hotel is strange enough in its own right. But ChristopherWalken Creator/ChristopherWalken ''flying'' around a Los Angeles hotel? Woah...
28th Oct '17 1:56:44 PM Malady
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* Doseone (perhaps best known for his involvement in {{cLOUDDEAD}}) was an ordinary battle rapper once upon a time. Nowadays his lyrics tend to form weird, tightly-interlocked cadences that may or may not actually mean anything in particular.

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* Doseone (perhaps best known for his involvement in {{cLOUDDEAD}}) Music/{{cLOUDDEAD}}) was an ordinary battle rapper once upon a time. Nowadays his lyrics tend to form weird, tightly-interlocked cadences that may or may not actually mean anything in particular.
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