I loved that ridiculous rumor that started circling in the 80's about the Eagles song Hotel California being a song about satanism.
For those who missed this lovely story, here is the short version.
Hotel California is the hit album and song produced in 1976 by the Eagles' rock band.
Apparently, on the inside of the album cover, Anton LaVey (founder of the Church of Satan in 1966) is seen peering down from the balcony.
The Eagles' manager, Larry Salter, admitted in the Waco Tribune-Herald (Feb. 28, 1982), that the Eagles were involved with the Church of Satan! This is how this rumor started.
The basic premise is that the song is about a Christian church that was abandoned (or otherwise vacated) in 1969, and was taken over by an occultic group. For some unknown reason, it became known as the “Hotel of California”.
One story goes even further, it has been said that song was about Aleister Crowley’s mansion near Loch Ness, and the weird goings-on that supposedly happened there; including such “clues” as the line “…they stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill The Beast” (Crowley’s nickname).
I had to pay a small tribute to this otherworldy tale, and hope that you guys are going to love it.