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The name is a pun on "A Lad Insane" and it was inspired by Bowie's half-brother Terry, who had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic. Mike Garson, the pianist on the Aladdin Sane album, recorded the piano track for the song in one take. He later said this about the title song: "I had told Bowie about the avant-garde thing. When I was recording the "Aladdin Sane" track for Bowie, it was just two chords, an A and a G chord… read more

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