It was first released on Dream Theater's album Awake. Drummer Mike Portnoy stated that the instrumental "Erotomania" was written "off the cuff"  as "a bit of a joke and parody". He researched schizophrenia and similar disorders and used religious terms "to make things more vivid". I read that and was like 'Oh my God!
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Erotomania is a song by Dream Theater. It is the 4th song from their 3rd album, Awake , and the only instrumental to appear on the album. Erotomania is a fairly progressive piece, with a lot of switching and changes of tone, temper and style, though this may have to do with the patchwork style writing more than a specific urge to write a varied song.
Erotomania is made up of several different parts, many taken from other songs or sources. A prime example of this is the main vocal melody of The Silent Man which is used as a guitar solo. A section that was originally cut from Pull Me Under was also used in shaping the song. As it is part of a suite, the song flows directly into Voices without any sort of pause.
Erotomania is played commonly and almost always goes right into Voices even when the entire suite is not being played. Although playing the entire suite is common, it is not uncommon for the band to sub out the third part with another song, such as The Spirit Carries On or Solitary Shell. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Categories :. Cancel Save. Fan Feed 0 Dream Theater Wiki. Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum Wiki. First live performance.
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