Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It Never, Ever Ends. In Fact, It's Just Beginning.


Seminole Heights, Florida seems to be haunted by the ghost of John Wheaties.

There have been 3 shootings in the past eleven days there and residents are concerned there may be a serial killer on the loose.

Tampa police released this very strange video clip, purportedly of a "person of interest." 

It looks more like Slenderman to me, though.



Of course, all this brings to mind the notorious Son of Sam killings in the Summer of 1977 in the outer boroughs of New York City. It all seemed to come to an end with the arrest of David Berkowitz.

The extrajudicial executions of the Carr brothers probably helped. 

Just a bit.




While we're talking about David Berkowitz, we might take note that the co-founder of Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids- Daisy Berkowitz (born Scott Putesky)- died on the 22nd at the age of 49. 

Do note that 7 x 7 = 49.


And that Marilyn Manson were formed in Florida as well. 


That face in the lower left of the Daisy obit photo belongs to Trent Reznor, who discovered and signed Marilyn Manson. Reznor was living in 10050 Cielo Drive at the time, home of the Sharon Tate murders that have absolutely no connection to Son of Sam or the Cropsey killings or any of that. 

Or so I'm told.

Reznor moved to Cielo Dr. after recording the Broken EP, which was called the "orange one" by everyone I knew at the time.



This seems to be the earliest existing photo of Brian Warner (aka Marilyn Manson) and Putesky. They look like pretty much everyone I was hanging out with at the time. But that shirt looks vaguely familiar. 


What is that of?




I thought so.




Daisy also listened to the same bands pretty much everyone I hung with did as well.





Things like the soundtrack to The Crow, made infamous by Brandon Lee's tragic accidental death.





And did you happen to know that Elizabeth Fraser was added to the Crow soundtrack after the film was completed? 

It's true. 

She cooed and wailed all over the song "Time Baby" by Medicine, but was missing from the film version. I wonder why they'd do something like that? 

I guess we'll never know.

Well, it's still interesting to see Elizabeth Fraser on a soundtrack with Scott Weiland and Dimebag Darrell. 

Variety is the spice of life.



And so are oranges.





Marilyn Manson has since branched out in to acting. 

And he's also branched out into orange.





His first acting role was in David Lynch's Lost Highway.






Yes, indeed it was. Affirmative.








And of course he was injured by two shooters a stage prop on the night of September 30.





I've been wondering what the narrative on the Las Vegas events are lately. Haven't heard much about it. Got me to thinking about The Las Vegas Story....





...which was followed up by this album.





And in case you haven't guessed by now, Gun Club leader Jeffrey Lee Pierce is dead as a hammer and has been since 1996.


Marilyn Manson was injured performing "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Orange)." But my favorite song of Manson's goes like this:


Blood woman
Blood bitch
There's a corona
A corona swelling

Pressing hands
Against this scar
There's no warmth
There's no warmth to be felt

Don't damage my altar
Don't damn this cold flame
Neither one or the other
Has much form or shape

I'll paint the blood bitch
The blood bitch black


Wait; they're not Marilyn Manson lyrics. 

They're Elizabeth Fraser lyrics. From the first track on the first Cocteau Twins album.

  



Sorry. I get them confused sometimes. This are my favorite Marilyn Manson lyrics:


My soul I sold
I can't forget to ask
There's nothing movin' it again
Wolf thirst said me
Hear no, see no, speak no evil

Wait: those are Elizabeth Fraser lyrics, too. From Garlands. Of course.





Nu Metal pioneers Deftones covered the second song off of Garlands, "Wax and Wane." 


I'm not sure that was the best idea they ever had. I certainly would have advised them against it.

They kind of mangled the lyrics, which is certainly understandable. These are the actual lyrics:

Carrion grows
Broken within
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and we wane
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane

Licking our wounds
The Devil bites dirty
Rattling with the taste
We wax and we wane

The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane
The Devil bites dirty
We wax and wane

And when you get so many children
The Devil bites dirty
Up to the wee wanes
And we laugh in their faces





And no, those aren't Marilyn Manson lyrics either, but I certainly understand the confusion.

Incidentally, in old Scottish witchcraft it was believed the Devil sealed a pact with a bite.





I don't mean to be harsh but I really wouldn't have recommended Deftones cover that particular song after putting out this album, either.





For what should be obvious reasons by now.




And of course you-know-who's birthplace has an enormous monument in honor of the Kelpie. 

Twin Kelpies, actually.

Have no earthly idea why.





One thing I will say for the Deftones, though. They are....




...really...




...really...



...into...



...orange.


On a more serious note, though, I think you know by now why I think it was a bad idea to not only cover a song off Garlands (and The Pink Opaque) but to cover a song in which Elizabeth Frazer seems to processing things we may not want to ever know about. 

Which is to say we probably don't want to know why the Devil bites dirty or why "we" are laughing in toddler's faces.

Oh, before I forget- the remix of "Wax and Wane" follows "The Spangle Maker" and "Millimillenary" on The Pink Opaque.




"Wax and Wane" made its debut on the even of July 15th and became well-known for its slinky, menacing bassline.





It was recorded on the Summer Solstice for some reason, along with "Alas Dies Laughing" and "Feathers-Oar-Blades."





July 15th was also the birthday of Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng.





"Wax and Wane" was played during the November 4th, 1982 concert that was taped for the Cocteau Twins' television debut.





The Cocteau Twins were supporting Killing Joke.





The Cocteau Twins and Killing Joke. On #November4th.

On the same stage.




Even if you aren't familiar with the Deftones you probably know exactly where this story is going.





It all went to Hell. 


After five grueling years of near-total debility, Chi Cheng died at San Joaquin General Hospital on April 13, 2013. His death was announced on the 14th.





17 days after Cheng's death- on the Witch's Sabbath- Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne to her son, the Prince Willem- Alexander. After 33 years on the throne. 

Those numbers just keep coming up.





That's the House of Orange, in case you didn't know.


It goes without saying that the Cocteau Twins have a song called "Beatrix." Or that its sparse lyrics depict a woman- presumably Beatrix- who "fell."

But the bulk of the song refers to a man who also "fell." Fraser seems considerably more sympathetic to this character. 

The first line goes, "Every week, move is small."
In May 2010, Chi Cheng began showing significant signs of improvement, and was able to track individual people with his eyes, occasionally make worded responses, and slightly move his hands.  
On February 7, 2012, it was reported that Cheng was in a partially conscious state, having the ability to move his legs on command; however, he was unable to move independently or speak in sentences.




"Beatrix" is the third song on Treasure. The first is "Ivo," which was originally titled "Peepbo" (as in Bo and Peep). Jeff Buckley was known to perform this in his club days.




The next is "Lorelei"- the Siren again- where Fraser beckons lovers with the promise "we're covered by the sacred fire" but warns them "when you come to me, you come to me broke." 

Without, without, without, without a doubt.

After "Beatrix," the wailing starts.

That image below "Pandora" is the Calla lilly, which we talked about in relation to the Wolf River and the rest of it.

Calla lilies have become a common favorite in wedding ceremonies, but in contrast, lilies are also associated with death. They were often used on the graves of youths who suffered an untimely death.
When Venus, goddess of love, beauty, and desire, saw the lilies she was jealous of their beauty. She cursed their beauty by placing a large yellow pistil in the middle of the flowers. Because of this story, some associate the calla lily with Venus and thus with lust and sexuality. 

Two months after Beatrix's abdication, Elizabeth Fraser debuted with MKULTRA Right Up Your Ass Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis in Manchester. Fraser was hired to perform the works of Russian singer Yanka Dyagileva.


Who drowned in May of 1990. 

Are you sensing a pattern here?






The announcement of Chi Cheng's death came on April 14th, when this album was released, with its symbolic connections to the Deftones' nu-metal fremeies, Linkin Park.






As with Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, the usual pattern applies. The signal is bit weaker, perhaps because of the tangential nature of the connection here.






Chi Cheng was replaced by a Vega.

Plus, orange.





Then we see this announcement last week- Deftones pitching merch inspired by First Blood.






Released by Orion Pictures, now owned by MGM.


It never, ever ends. In fact, it's just beginning. 






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