The title of this album is a pun on "A Lad Insane". Aladdin Sane was essentially a development of the Ziggy Stardust persona and the album topped the UK chart, making it his first number one album. It went on to spawn two UK top five singles - Jean Genie and Drive-In Saturday.
Bowie came up with the iconic lightning bolt face make-up, but the teardrop was Brian Duffy's idea. So why a lightning bolt? Bowie said it signifies the duality of the mind - he often spoke about schizophrenia.
There is no question that Bowie changed the way many people looked in the 1970s, 1980s and even 1990s, with androgyny playing a huge part in Bowie’s appeal. The Aladdin Sane cover image is without doubt the most iconic image from Bowie's repertoire.
Again, hats off to the model and of course to Elloise for the excellent make-up and styling of this shoot and the others - I hope you can appreciate the time and effort put in by everyone on this project. Comments and feedback are always welcome and indeed encouraged ;)
If you're not aware of the reference, see here - Aladdin Sane Video