"And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads,
with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name."
I saw Killing Joke in 1989. To give you a sense of how long ago this was, The Red Hot Chili Peppers opened up for them, the Peppers' first tour with their "classic" Blood Sugar Sex Magic lineup. It was an outdoor event, held in a soccer practice field at Rutgers University.
The Peppers were received politely but hadn't really built up a repertoire of memorable songs at that point (the cover of Hendrix's "Fire" got the biggest response). Setting the scene, Killing Joke had merch and posters all over the place, all sporting their signature surrealist/brutalist occult imagery.
It was phenomenally irresponsible. You had a large crowd packed into a small space and Killing Joke were tapping into very dark streams of the collective unconscious. Their march to the stage seemed to take forever and you could feel the crowd slowly but surely devolve into a mob. People were shifting, restless, wary. This was straight out of Munich.
And it's a bloody good thing too. Because had the full power of that band blasted into the night after that pre-show display there's no telling what could have happened. I had seen them a few years before in Boston and the violence in the pit was downright atavistic.
Pretty much a typical Killing Joke concert in the early 80s
That was at the same venue I remember seeing The Misfits. I remember talking with Glenn Danzig before the show, who was then a scrawny comics geek. He was a big Night Force fan too, as well as a big fan (obviously) of Tomb of Dracula.
Night Force of course being a cautionary tale about unleashing the forces that Killing Joke were toying with that night...
Assuming they were after simple mind control, whose techniques have long been known and practiced, is the first mistake. Television, religion and the public school system were and are already highly effective mind control techniques. Cults had been incubators for mind control techniques for a very long time, highly effective ones at that.
I think this kind of "mind control"-- suppressing the potentials of the mind to step outside of the linear boundaries of time and space-- is the unspoken driving force behind so much of our history and politics.
Both the Left and Right, both religious and secular authorities, are united in the their fear and loathing of the potential of the human mind to escape the limits set out for it by thousands of years of law and taboo. The only way it can be allowed to be studied if that study will lead to some kind of weapons technology.
Night Force has the Russians far advanced in psi research, which a Russian general told Jacques Vallee was because the Russians "had never burned their witches," a statement which Vallee found quite shocking. One can only wonder if Putin is still looking into any of this or whether the generals have long ago given up on any of it ever giving rise to weapons technology.
BLACK MAGIC ON THE PAYROLL
For instance, Owsley Stanley was horrified by Ken Kesey's "acid tests", calling them out -- accurately, in this writer's opinion-- as exercises in black magic. Whether this was intentional or Kesey was such a brain-fried basketcase that he stumbled on the formula is anyone's case. The evidence is inconclusive.
What the counterculture conspiracy theorists don't tell you is the rest of the story, how the entire Aquarian project was steered into rounding up all the sheep for the CIA's Jesus People program, which was backed by the Hearst and Luce empires.
We're stuck in a 70s loop so the flower children stuff still seems resonant but the actual, documented fact is that the psychedelic era was extremely short-lived as a mass movement and was arguably simply a feeder project for the Jesus Freak movement, which in turn fed into the Religious Right in very short order. I remember all of this happening when I was a kid.
He got even more esoteric, and delved into even thornier political topics. It seems remarkable in hindsight, but goes to show how accommodating the Kahn/Giordano regime were to valued creators.
Keeping us trapped in our reptilian brain- the "fight or flight" fear-response part of our minds- is a highly effective way of blinding us to the perhaps the greatest secret of all- that consciousness is not bound by the strictures of time and space and causality.
I don't believe that's true- I know it for a fact.† It's something I experience on a regular basis. Of course, if that knowledge can't be weaponized it's not much use to the powers that be. And as far as I can tell, these subtle forces have thus far been immune to exploitation, no matter what kind of nonsense you might have read in our alleged scientific press.