Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Sync Log: Heath Ledger, the Joker and the Siren

Her honey mouth has got me all fool gold. 

In the gold dust rush I only genuflect.

Note: That's actress Abbie Cornish. Cornish and Cornell are the same surname, both meaning "From Cornwall."

Heath Ledger's final farewell ends in sunset swim

Mourners at Hollywood star Heath Ledger's funeral in Perth celebrated the acclaimed actor's life by stripping off and diving into the surf at his favourite beach, reports said Sunday.

Ledger's family held a two-hour service in his hometown of Perth on Saturday attended by more than 500 mourners including the young actor's former fiancee Michelle Williams and Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett.

After a private funeral for 10 family members only, mourners gathered at a restaurant overlooking Perth's Cottesloe beach, one of Ledger's favourite spots, for a sunset wake.

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“The guy just made a big mistake — put some Led Zep on I’m going to go for a swim, I’ve got my Doc Martens on, what a great idea. He’d actually gone swimming on the Gold Coast with his girlfriend Joan (Wasser) the year before he died. His tour manager John Pope said to me everyone talks about him dying in the river in Memphis but we had to go and pluck him out of the surf." - "Jeff Buckley link to Chris Cornell revealed on 20th death anniversary" - News.com.au

Michelle Williams, who moved to LA earlier this year to pursue acting roles, has successfully sold the Brooklyn home she and the late Heath Ledger bought together in 2005. When the gorgeous, ivy-covered six-bedroom house at the corner of Hoyt and Dean streets first listed in September for $7.5 million, commenters thought it was "overpriced…"  

A little history: The house had been previously owned— and significantly fixed up —by Nell Campbell, the Australian actress who was Little Nell in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and who owned the nightclub Nell's.

I did the swim
(Splash splash, she's a mer-mermaid)
I did the swim
(Splash splash, she's a mer-mermaid)
I did the swim
(Splash splash, she's a mer-mermaid)
I did the swim

Heath Ledger‘s well-documented obsession with his psychopathic role as the Joker in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight” has a new twist: He turned his Manhattan apartment into a shrine dedicated to the iconic supervillain, The Post has learned.

Police investigators who responded to the Oscar-winning actor’s Soho loft after his fatal 2008 drug overdose walked into a world filled with Batman comic books, literature on the Joker and clowns, small clown statues and recordings of Ledger practicing his oddly shifting Joker voice in high and low octaves, a law enforcement source revealed.

Ledger had immersed himself in the reading material that extended back to the very beginnings of Batman, the Joker and clown performers, the source noted.

Detectives also noticed that the loft at 421 Broome St. was “immaculately clean,” with all of Ledger’s research on the Joker neatly stacked, the source said.

Balthazar opened in SoHo in the spring of 1997. The bustling, romantic brasserie serves traditional French fare from breakfast through supper every day, with brunch served on weekends.

Siren- Balthazar

Siren- Balthazar

Starbucks logo change: No name. More mermaid. Will it sell more coffee?
Starbucks logo undergoes a redesign that drops its name. Is the coffee giant's mermaid (actually, a siren) strong enough to stand on her own?




Director Christopher Nolan has mentioned that The Killing Joke served as an influence for the version of the Joker appearing in the 2008 feature film The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger, who played the Joker, stated in an interview that he was given a copy of The Killing Joke as reference for the role.

"It all depends on your intentions. If you associate with it, or use the name, it all depends on your intentions, what happens to you."- Jaz Coleman, "The  Fatal Curse of Killing Joke"

The process of playing the Joker, however, was devastating. Ledger isolated himself from friends and family, spending a month locked in a hotel room trying to find the Joker’s posture and, crucially, a voice without any echoes of Nicholson’s performance.

He wrote diaries as the Joker, full of cruel things that the character would find funny, and refined his worldview and outlook, taking elements from Sid Vicious and A Clockwork Orange as much as from the comics. This Joker’s look is the result of make-up – which deteriorates steadily through the film along with his mind – rather than chemical damage, but few even among the purists have criticised it.

Barnes caught up with the guitar icon at Wednesday’s 2010 Classic Rock “Roll Of Honour” Awards, where Page presented “The Innovator” Award to legendary U.K. band Killing Joke.

“I got a call whether I’d like to give an award to Killing Joke. The thing is, I go back a long way with Jaz Coleman and the band,” said Page. “I used to go and see the band, and it was a band that really impressed me because Geordie’s (Walker) guitar sound was just really, really strong. And they were really tribal, the band, and it was really intense.”


A fellow lover of arcane symbols, Jimmy Page, was featured prominently in the 2013 Killing Joke documentary, The Death and Resurrection Show. How did you first meet him? 

I can’t tell you that. I can tell you it was 1983, but the circumstances I just can’t tell you. It’s impossible.

"A concert for TV"

By 1982, members of Killing Joke, especially Coleman, had become immersed in the occult. That year, Coleman and Geordie, Youth following shortly, relocated to Iceland to weather the apocalypse, which Coleman predicted was soon. While in Iceland, Coleman and Geordie performed in various Icelandic bands. After a few months, Youth decided there was no indication of the apocalypse, and decided to relocate back to England.  

"(Treasure's) song titles, a list of unusual and whimsical names ('Lorelei', 'Pandora', 'Cicely', 'Amelia'), combined with Sutherland's statement ( "surely this band is the voice of God") and the seemingly deliberately obscured lyrics, led to bizarre suggestions that the (Cocteau Twins) were playing with witchcraft and subverting the nation's airwaves with subliminal sorcery." - Volume Magazine, 1992

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  1. And right now Warner Brother's (Hollywood on the Gold Coast) is filming 'Aquaman', pretty much right on Queensland's Gold Coast (although Hastings Point is just over the state border in New South Wales) starring Nicole Kidman (just turned 50 this year) and it's making headlines over here in Oz at the moment -

    1. And of course you can't have Aquaman without Mera-maid. http://www.slashfilm.com/aquaman-photo-amber-heard-mera/

  2. Interesting sync/sink about the Broome streets is that Broome is the name of a Western Australian pearl diving town.
    Just follow the coast from Perth to the top of the state.
    It's now the home/vacation spot to artists and big Australian singers.

    "The town has a deep history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the large present-day cultured pearl farming enterprises.
    At first, aborigines were blackbirded (enslaved) and forced to dive naked, with little or no equipment.
    Pregnant girls were preferentially used as they were believed to have a superior lung capacity.
    In 2010 the Shire of Broome and Kimberley commissioned a Memorial to the Indigenous Female Pearl Divers.
    When slavery was abolished and diving suits were needed for deeper diving, Asians and islanders were given the dangerous job instead.
    The Japanese were especially valued for their experience.
    The riches from the pearl beds did not come cheaply, however, and the town's Japanese cemetery is the resting place of 919 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry.
    Many more were lost at sea, and the exact number of deaths is unknown.
    The Japanese were only one of the major ethnic groups who flocked to Broome to work on the luggers or the shore-based activities supporting the harvesting of oysters from the waters around Broome.
    They were specialist divers and, despite being considered enemies, became an indispensable part of the industry until World War II.
    Each year Broome celebrates this fusion of different cultures in an annual cultural festival called Shinju Matsuri (Japanese for "festival of the pearl") which celebrates the Asian-influenced culture brought there by the pearling industry."

    1. Pregnant girls diving for pearls. Does it possibly get more loaded than that?

  3. I saw W Houston St in that last map above and couldn't help thinking of Whitney Elizabeth Houston who drowned in a bath tub in a hotel room and wasn't she a Baptist?
    And then there is a (Naomi?) Watts st, too.
    Watts and Kidman are best friends from their teenage years, with Kidman now filming 'Aqua-man' on Queensland's Gold Coast.

    1. Not to mention Prince St running behind W Houston St.
      Prince of course penning a 'Batman' soundtrack and dressing as a Joker/Two Face/Batman character in the music clip.
      The Batman soundtrack of Prince's was released on Nicole Kidman's birthday 20 June 1989.
      Kidman would play Dr. Chase Meridian in 'Batman Forever' in 1995.

    2. Oh, and what is track #4 named on 'StarSailor', just above 'Song to the Siren', which is track #5?
      'Moulin Rouge', also the name of a movie starring Nicole Kidman as the main star, which has it's own weirdness surrounding that movie and songs -
      'Spookiest Nicole Kidman Sync Story of the Year and Everyone Missed It?'
      And I saw there was a stink over the red Starbucks cups recently -

    3. Nicole Kidman's breakout performance was in Dead Calm, for which the symbolism could not possibly be more obvious. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Calm_(film)

    4. She was also the lady star of the Stepford Wives remake (2004, directed by Frank Oz, which whilst panned on release - a subtle remaking of art it is not - but still a working of some kind, acts as a herald of the SJW-jihad (embodied offensively so in the flick by Bette Midler's eye rolling chutzpah & her homosexual side-kick's camp critiquing (and Kidman's crop of reddish hair)) currently contributing to the wrecking of havok as part of the cullture metastasisation.

      It's also a flick in which Christopher Walken loses his head once again (The Deer Hunter, Sleepy Hollow).

      In 2005 Kidman starred in the Bewitched remake that was also derided, and a previous role as a witch in 1998's Practical Magic, with Sandra Bullock, also failed to set the box office alight.

      Maybe Eyes Wide Shut, ending the charade of hers & Cruise's marriage(?) - Kidman was reportedly uncomfortable shooting scenes suggestive of intimacy with TC (& then there's the rumour that the then cast Harvey Keitel embodied a method of acting a little too vigorously, resulting in his dismissal from Kubrick's final film), wasn't completely responsible for her star power taking a hit? Having said that would it be so difficult to entertain the notion that Cruise appealed to Xenu to jinx her career after their divorce? (His best roles are when he plays an asshole - (Risky Business), Magnolia, Collateral).

      Kidman's father Anthony Kidman, author of among other books: 'Schizophrenia: A Guide for Families' had been accused of being involved in the Australian chapter of the child abuse cult seeking dominion of Humanity prior to his death in 2014.


    5. * Walken's biggest headshots being Brainstorm (directed by Kubrick's 2001 SFX wiz Douglas Trumball) & taking on the role of Whitley Strieber in Communion, then there's all the flicks in which he blows other people's brains out including King of New York, True Romance...


    6. & Walken appears in Batman Returns as (a Mabusian-esque?) Max Shreck (named after Schreck of Nosferatu), during a masqued ball scene he wears a glittering bulbous turban emblazoned with a pyramid eye over his pineal.

      (Bowie was also considered for the role of Shreck, declining to take on the part so as to appear in Fire Walk With Me, according to wiki).


    7. ...someone, or two or even three?, lost their head(s) the night Natalie Wood, Walken's co-star in Brainstorm (as his on-screen wife), met a watery deazth in 1981.


  4. Don't know if you saw this interview with Jaz Coleman or not (from 2010 & Re: release of Absolute Dissent album), worth a look:



    "You’ve always worn makeup on stage.

    (JC): I do that only to protect myself. We put on the mask and take off the mask. It’s very important. When I go onstage, I’m seeking transmission and I get in a trance-like state. The idea of taking the mask off…if you don’t take the mask off, you take that world into your own life. Take Heath Ledger, for example. We are well aware of the energies that surround us in Killing Joke and the peculiarities. The mask isn’t for other people’s benefit. It’s for my own protection."

    Just want to ad that in regards to the whole Siren Song epic going on here, there's just something about it that strikes me as being very..I dunno..almost animistic about it, something to do with the old concept of genius locii/spirits of place:


    Like the saying goes, "Location, location, location".

    1. On Masks: Karin Dreijer, Lady Gaga, MF Doom, Björk, Gwar, Slipknot, Deadmau5, Buckethead, KISS, Daft Punk... just some of the other musicians Kubuki manifesting the mise-en-scène for our consideration, the face of the MainMan? Bowie, 'Who Can I Be Now?'


    2. We can also blame Killing Joke for the Insane Clown Posse too, I guess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqorMnPMJIU

      Wikipedia credits Stephen King for the modern evil clown archetype but I think Killing Joke. were there first.

      As to the Siren- she's literally everywhere you look now thanks to Starbucks. This is no accident. Something is coming.

    3. Well, I didn't want to utter their name for fear of invoking the Faygo showering Juggalo horde... (Faygo originating in Detroit - a poisoning of that wellspring leading to the fating canker of the to-be would-be post-apocalyptic metropolis?)

      As for something coming, if something is ever-present - omnipresent - there but for eyes to see, ears to hear... cullture and it's tentacles would find many and varied ways of initiating it's recipients into some kind of homage whether acknowledged or sense-ible, or not, by those entertained into that which MUST find expression.

      Going back to Cocteau Twins, wiki states: 'Guthrie and Heggie, both from Grangemouth, Scotland, formed the band in 1979. At a local disco called Nash they met Fraser, also from Grangemouth', Nash is derived from the middle english phrase 'atten ash' meaning 'at the ash tree', Grangemouth is located on the estuary The Firth of Forth that flows to meet The North Sea, so we have Yggdrasil by the Sea... quite a meeting of elements channellable by those with the gift of kenning.

      The wiki also states the active years of Cocteau Twins as being 1979 - 1997.


  5. You might find this interesting.


    At about 25:09 Mark Stavish gets into the sort of phenomena that, maybe, however tangentially, you might be looking at here.

    Also interesting from about 29:30 onward. Talking about Hermeticism as the study of Egyptian learning, and religion/magic.

    You've probably already seen this stuff, but I've been following this writer lately and thought I'd share.

  6. Christopher Knowles,
    Siren is not a half-woman/bird and mermaid half-woman/fish

    Seems like the double tail version(Starbucks logo) is a melusine type

    1. Good point Pictus, but that article does mention that "Somewhere along the literary and mythological road, mermaids and sirens got confused into one creature: a half-woman, half-fish creature known for her beautiful singing voice."
      "In today’s pop culture world, the mermaid and the siren are often portrayed as the same character. They’re inevitably a beautiful woman from the waist up and a fish from the waist down, and they’re noted for their enchanting singing voices."
      So in today's pop-cultural world it probably doesn't matter when it comes to mermaids and sirens.
      Just like Melusine evolved in the middle ages from all sorts of half woman half serpent, half woman, half fish/snake legs, etc.
      Myths morph in the mind over time, so in the modern mind sirens and mermaids have come to represent creatures with similar intent when it comes to doomed love affairs probably.
      Melusine is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails, or both.

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    1. To be entertained is to be held, held in place, held in thrall (to be enslaved), 'to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions', as part of the ever-more nondescript pop-cullt seeking the anonomysing of our collective experience on this corporeal plain would-be demis urges revolve around which of them has the most eyes on them - human existence reduced to a mere numbers game that profits the famous as they make the most of a ponzi-scheme, could it be the same for entities beyond our empirical hierarchy? Can any of us ken? Perhaps only those such as Fraser and the like have the gift of the gab(.ai Praise Pepe Prophet of Kek!) but for the rest of us maybe we're fated to theorising such matter online and in notebooks.

      Regarding Zeppelin, Bonzo drowned in his own vomit, Page owned Crowley's old haunt Boleskine House (built in the late 18th century by Archibald Fraser) on the shores of Loch Ness and the most celebrated of the band's debauches supposedly involved a shark... water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.


  8. I saw a news story this morning about a fox with it's head caught between two gravestones in an English town in St. Mary Magdalene churchyard in the town of Leamington Spa (spa, as in water?) and couldn't help thinking of Tim Buckley's lyrics in 'Song to the Siren' -
    "Did I dream you dreamed about me?
    Were you hare when I was fox?
    Now my foolish boat is leaning
    Broken lovelorn on your rocks
    For you sing, "Touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow"
    Oh my heart, oh my heart shies from the sorrow
    I'm as puzzled as The Oyster (alt. 'as a newborn child')
    I'm as troubled as the tide
    Should I stand amid the breakers?
    Or should I lie with death my bride?"
    I couldn't help seeing the Trickster at play in this news story.

    1. The fox article links to one on the Grenfell Tower fire stating: 'Newsnight's investigation also heard that firefighters had struggled with water pressure problems and the fire service had to call Thames Water to ask the company to increase pressure in the area.

      One firefighter said: "The fire floors we went in were helmet-meltingly hot… when we were clearing flats, it was a case of a quick look and closing doors because the water pressure wasn't up to firefighting."

      A Thames Water spokesman said: "We've been supporting the emergency services' response in every way possible… any suggestion there was low pressure or that Thames Water did not supply enough water to fire services during this appalling tragedy is categorically false."'


  9. Katy Perry, whom the fourth estate are openly willing to have a Monarch Melt Down, previously took on the glamour of a mermaid for a David LaChapelle arranged ad in 2012, styled rictus cloyingly viscous as only he can, huffpo states she considered keeping the featured costume as an option for the following years Halloween. Earlier this year she launched a line of cosmetics saying she was "inspired by spring's upcoming mermaid and pearlescent hues", a rotting fish stink of sorts has seeped in for Perry since then what with the reception of her current album and associated performances/gaffes.

    Lady Gaga's also donned a mermaid guise, whilst in a wheelchair, prompting Bette Midler (ha! star of Beaches(!)) to pipe up staking her claim as the originator of that exact juxtaposition. Bette's currently looking to get a sequel of Hocus Pocus made, Sarah Jessica Parker was one of her co-star witches in the original, in the flesh Parker's married to Matthew Broderick (who plays Nicole Kidman's husband in the Stepford Wives remake), in 1987 whilst in (Northern) Ireland, Broderick drove his car into the wrong lane and head-on into another vehicle killing the two occupants, the location? near Enniskillen located between the upper and lower sections of Lough Erne, the name is considered to mean 'lake of (The Goddess) Érann' (wiki states: 'scholars have connected these names to Ériu (modern Éire), the goddess after which Ireland is named').

    (The opening monologue of Ferris Bueller's Day Off includes a shower scene. Cameron going catatonic (eyes welling with tears) is followed by a shot of breaking waves and a Glencoe Beach scene which switches to a jacuzzi & fake-out drowning scene.)

    Chloe Grace Moretz, star of The 5th Wave (part of the tsunami of young adult dystopia that flooded pop-cullt the past decade), a confessed 'not strong swimmer' had been cast as the lead in the live action remake of The Little Mermaid, but pulled out late last year saying she needs to 're-assess herself and find herself within her roles again', the ebb and flow of those caught in the rip tides of HolyWeird eh? To sync or to swim.

    (Bette & Chloe both bitched out Kim Kardasian for a nude photo post on twitter last year).


  10. Sorry to keep writing comments Chris, but this series of posts has me hooked.
    When you mentioned Cate Blanchett being at Heath's wake in Perth (I'm pretty sure Perth is named after the Scottish town of the same name BTW) I thought that link in the post was going to be about Cate in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England in the movie 'Elizabeth', not her role in LOR.
    Queen Elizabeth at Heath's wake?!
    And Geoffrey (Gold?-)Rush is from Queensland in Australia and plays Sir Francis Walsingham in the same film...and SPOILER ALERT...Geoffrey's character drowns at the end of the last Pirates movie, which is now playing in the cinemas (filmed at the same location 'Aquaman' is now filming, Queensland's Gold Coast).
    Daniel Craig (007) is also in 'Elizabeth' playing John Ballard (died 20 September 1586) who was an English Jesuit priest executed for being involved in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I of England in the Babington Plot.
    'Elizabeth' also stars Lily Allen as "Lady-in-waiting", which I find amusing after reading a 2009 Guardian article which wrote about Lily - "Weirdly, It's Not Me, It's You oozes the confidence Lily Allen's interviews lack. There's an assurance about its adjustments to her musical formula, its contents sing loud enough to drown out even the siren song of the patisserie. On the evidence presented here, Lily Allen won't be working in a cake shop for the foreseeable future: pop stardom is what she's good at."

    1. Oh, and something else I just found out is Abbie CORNish (Heath's girlfriend in 'Candy')starred in the 2007 sequel 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age'
      as Bess Throckmorton (AKA Elizabeth "Bess" Raleigh [née Throckmorton]).
      The siren just keeps swimming deeper here.

    2. Cornish and Cornell are the same name, both surnames meaning from Cornwall.

    3. Lily's last album was titled Sheezus, she blubbed repentant tears for the cameras on a visit to what was euphemistically referred to as a migrant camp in France last year, and was also on call for the cameras to critique (the immediate aftermath of) the Grenfell Tower fire last month claiming the death toll were at least 150(+), during this bit of pr, as with the France visit, she appeared on camera with a shock of (peroxide) white hair, the Lily painted for emphatic symbological (whiter than white) effect?

      'While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue... As the flowers most often associated with funerals, lilies symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.'

      Ledger's co-star in the Terry Gilliam directed The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was Lily Cole, she was cast as a Sea Siren in the Doctor Who episode The Curse of The Black Spot.


    4. There's a Cornish Folk Tale called the Mermaid of Zennor, the name Zennor is of possible ultimate derivation from Danaë and Perseus' punishment at sea. Zeus visited Danaë in the form of a golden rain, the union resulting in the birth of Perseus.


  11. The joker thing is creepy as Hell. Clowns? Weird, grotesque mockeries of human brings? NOPE. I'll take a regular demonic entity over that shit any day. Lol.

  12. I've only just come across this blog, so I'm a bit late to comment, but I just wanted to add that Abbie Cornish also appeared in the film Bright Star, which portrayed the romance between John Keats (who of course died of tuberculosis at the age of 25) and Fanny Brawne. Most significantly, Keats' retelling of the Endymion myth features heavily in the film, with Cornish's character falling in love with Keats after reading and becoming obsessed with the poem.