While Ozzy Osbourne may have paid lip service to The Beast with "Mr. Crowley
," this earlier song takes a different view; they put a picture of him on the record sleeve, "but in typical Hot Rods' style they decided to stick a pair of Mickey Mouse ears on Crowley's image
- a decision they would come to regret."
They received stacks of mail from people who thought this was unwise.
Crowley frittered away his money as well as his life, and died a penniless heroin addict in a Hastings boarding house on December 1, 1947, but with the Swinging Sixties, flower power and the hippy culture, he suddenly became hip, and big names including Jimmy Page and John Lennon paid homage to him. While there is nothing either unnatural or new about rebellious youth adopting Crowley's to Hell with the rest of the world attitude, most of these admirers would baulk at or even shrink in horror from some of the things he advocated, practiced or is said to have practiced, including drinking the blood of a sacrificed cat (which was said to have killed one of his followers), abandoning his wife, or engaging in all manner of perverted sex.