Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan Swims to the Siren (UPDATED)

Three months ago, I told you guys that this thing we've been looking at here since Chris Cornell died-- whatever the hell it actually is-- was just beginning. And here we are, yet again.

Dolores O'Riordan, former lead singer for 90s dream pop superstars The Cranberries, died suddenly this morning in the Hilton London, just off Kensington Gardens. She was working on a new album with a new group called D.A.R.K at a nearby recording studio.

The cause of death is unknown as of this writing. O'Riordan had struggled with bipolar disorder and was also dealing with a troublesome back injury. Like Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington and Lil' Peep, she was forthcoming with her struggles with depression. But 46 is too damn young to die, for anyone. 

Man, I just hate this fucking century.

I wasn't a huge fan of The Cranberries but certainly enjoyed their hits as much as anyone. Well, maybe not in the same exact way as anyone; unlike Chad and Caitlyn Q Mallrat, I knew exactly what I was looking at when I saw the video for "Dreams," and that was the music industry's latest attempt to xerox The Cocteau Twins, while glamming up the Twins' elusive formula with pretty faces and catchy hooks. 

Geffen had tried cloning the Cocteaux the year before The Cranberries hit the scene with The Sundays' second album, Blind. That album featured the track "Goodbye," which I was absolutely convinced was the Cocteau Twins, until I actually called my old pal Matt Pinfield at WHTG and was told it wasn't. It seems obvious today but they were still new then.

( And there's some more Mandela Effect shit there- I never knew The Sundays even made a video for "Goodbye." And I bloody well would have- I was obsessed with this album. Hmm, I'll have to gaze into Harriet Wheeler's eyes for several hours in hopes I can solve this mystery. The things I do for science ).

BONUS SYNC: O'Riordan died on the 28th anniversary of the release of the first Sundays album.


The sugar-high style of Smiths producer Stephen Street also went a long way in knocking the Berries' clunky songwriting into shape (the band's initial demos are awful in a way that only late 80s Indie bands could be awful). And as with the Twins a decade before, the BBC pushed them hard, even before their first record was released. 

The Cranberries were signed to Chris Blackwell's Island Records, then raking it in with U2. So there was clearly some serious money behind this thing. I wouldn't be surprised in U2 had a stake in the band, since they saw themselves as the Kings of Ireland at the time.

In that light, do note the fact that the "Dreams" video is essentially identical in concept to any number of Cocteau Twins videos, and repeatedly shows us a submerged-- or drowned-- O'Riordan.  

Plus, as a FB member pointed out, pearls.

I hope regular readers have gotten the gist of it all by now, that we're not just talking about some obscure Indie-haircut band from the early 80s but a weird kind of nexus, a weird break in the time-space continuum, a tear in some dimensional barrier. I still feel it when I play those old Cocteau records. In fact, they seem as powerful today as when I first heard them, maybe even more so. 

I certainly understand if you don't get it, but even so, the syncs are piling higher the Burj Dubai by now. We're way past any discussion of random chance here.

I realize it all might sound absolutely ridiculous, and maybe a year ago it would have sounded ridiculous to me, despite my history with this thing. But like I said, it just keeps on rolling and rolling.

Back when it came out, I affectionately renamed the first Cranberries album "Everybody Else is Ripping Off the Cocteau Twins, So Why Can't We?" But the 'Berries were not only ripping off the Twins, they were all ripping off Twins ripoffs like Sinead O'Connor and The Sundays.  

But hey, that's show business. Steal from the best.

Look at Tori Amos; after failing at more mainstream rock she essentially took Kate Bush's act--lock, stock and barrel-- all the way to the bank. So much so that it wasn't unusual to hear dimwits accuse Bush of stealing from Amos. 

And we won't even talk about the battalions of bands that rode the New York Dolls' act to superstardom. Damn, I'd be bitter were I in their shoes.

All of this was pretty well-known at the time. I mean, it doesn't get anymore establishment than The New York Times and Rolling Stone; The Cranberries were The Cocteau Twins for the masses (though the notion that the Twins owed anything to Jane Siberry is so groundless as to actually be insane).

Again, the industry's first big attempt at Cocteau-cloning was Sinead O'Connor, who scored a huge hit with a song written by arch-Cocteau apostle Prince. O'Connor wasn't even in the same galaxy as Elizabeth Fraser when it came to vocal chops, but was more conventionally pretty (even with the chrome-dome) and was-- at first-- more amenable to hit-making for its own sake. 

Unfortunately for her, O'Connor was too volatile and too damaged for the industry's liking. 

And of course, too outspoken. 

O'Connor took aim at sex predators in the Church way, way, way before it was safe to do so and paid dearly for it. She was proven to be a prophetess with this issue, but by the time vindication came for her, she'd already begun to succumb to the mental illness brought on by years of abuse at the hands of a sadistic, sociopathic mother. 

O'Connor wrote the stirring "Fire on Babylon" to process the damage but the music industry had already moved on by that point. 

There was also The Sugarcubes, whose Cocteau-soundalike "Birthday" got very heavy rotation on 120 Minutes (despite its fucked-up, pedo-friendly lyrics) but the band were unable to follow on their initial success and Bjork went on to become the patron saint of Fashion Week.

"Operation CIA."

Enter Dolores O'Riordan and the Cranberries. 

They had the hooks and O'Riordan had the wasted prom-queen look so beloved by early 90s stylists. Ever amenable, the 'Berries even lurched into grunge territory with their second album, and borrowed a cup of Sinead's angry nationalism with "Zombie," a broadside against the terrorism gripping Ireland and the UK in the 90s. 

Saying "terrorism is bad" wasn't the most insightful commentary on an ugly war that was in no small part constantly being hotted up by British intelligence and other outside elements, but the crunchy riffs, catchy chorus and archetypically-90s Samuel Bayer video were enough to make it a blockbuster.

But what most people didn't realize is that the Cranberry bandwagon sputtered on the launchpad before taking off. It wasn't until MTV put all their hit-making muscle behind "Linger" that the 'Berries reached escape velocity. 

Ah, yes-- MTV. 

A funny thing happened while The Cranberries were taking off-- the Cocteau Twins were crashing to the ground. 

The band-- fresh off the breakthrough Heaven or Las Vegas album (pushed to the hilt by MTV, incidentally), had signed to a division of Dutch behemoth Phillips. But then the bottom dropped out on them. 

Elizabeth Fraser was hospitalized in a psych-trauma unit before the Four Calendar Cafe album's release-- and after the tour supporting it. Her subsequent live performances-- a fusilade of tuneless, arrhythmic chirps, screams and barks --shocked and bewildered fans. A series of interviews with major music magazines showed a woman who was clearly in very serious trouble, but was nevertheless pushed into the public eye by her record company.

Four Calendar Cafe's lyrics-- now in more or less recognizable English-- were filled with references to the serious sexual trauma she had suffered in her youth. One song--"Theft and Wandering Around Lost"-- had Fraser confess to self-cutting before asking an unnamed abuser if she somehow had given him permission to rape her, before surrendering with the harrowing closing line, "Engulf me, I'm already dead." 

She wasn't being Emo.

Despite all this, Four Calendar Cafe was a perfectly serviceable bit of 90s guitar pop and is rated highly by some. It may not have been a huge hit, but the Cocteau Twins' very presence at a time when the entire music industry was so clearly invested in launching The Cranberries must have been problematic, especially in the midst of the Grunge wave, with its ostensible fixation on "authenticity."

Jeff Buckley lookalike drowned in Cranberries video from 1996

Fraser clearly had no business on the road (and certainly not on Jay Leno), and if her record company had one shred of humanity it would have let the band cancel the tour and sort their problems out. But that was clearly not on the agenda.

MTV then swooped in and aired an interview with a melting-down Fraser and a doped-up, incomprehensible Robin Guthrie, both visibly unwell and filmed in a distinctly unflattering light,  sitting on the floor in the dark. The interview opened with Fraser confessing that the music industry had fucked her head up and that she didn't "know who the hell I am most of the time." 

And it went downhill from there.

MTV News editors made sure the record-buying public got choice soundbites like "I'm nothing!" and "I'm sick, I'm a sick person." To top it all off, MTV spliced in live footage of Fraser looking and sounding spectacularly insane during a performance of "Carolyn's Fingers."

The Cocteau Twins were clearly ailing but what you are seeing in this clip is MTV killing them off by taking away their ace in the hole, their mystique

MTV was essentially a promotional arm of the music business, most-assuredly had musicians come to their studios in even worse shape than Fraser and Guthrie and made them look presentable. They clearly had no interest in doing so here. 

I can't say MTV (or Polygram, for that matter) deliberately set out to destroy the Cocteau Twins but I can't not say so either.

And by the time it was over, critics would add insult to injury by comparing the Cocteau Twins to their clones. Like The Cranberries.

And for a few years it worked beautifully for The Cranberries, their record company and their investors. Those were heady times and O'Riordan enjoyed a nice run as alt.rock's It Girl. 

She projected the right mix of sex appeal and Irish earnestness (even when sporting Elizabeth Fraser-style crewcuts and shags) and brought some much needed melodicism to alt.rock radio.

But once The Cranberry machine stopped shooting out cash, they too found out how cold it can be when you've been chucked out of the suites and into the streets. It's a terrible thing and Dolores O'Riordan and her mates did nothing to deserve what thousands of other blameless artists also experienced once they were no longer useful to the Machine.

Luckily, the 'Berries made a boatload and O'Riordan seemed to be wise with her earnings, even making a top 10 richest women in Ireland list a few years back. Sadly, all the money in the world can't keep the demon dog of depression away when it darkens your door and O'Riordan certainly saw some troubled times in her life. 

But name a gifted musician who hasn't.

But do note that Dolores derives from "Our Lady of Sorrows" and Reardon means "poet king." So the name-game was strong with this one.

But we're not talking about depression or even the machinations of the music industry here. We're talking about an avalanche of syncs, symbols and connections all seeming to tell us that we need to pay special attention to a reclusive, middle-aged songstress from way back in the day. 

How or why, I still have no earthly idea. I do have an unearthly one, however.

In that light, please note that O'Riordan died in a hotel a short distance from Royal Albert Hall, where Our Lady made her only public appearance in 2017, on the first day of Leo. The ostensible reason for the appearance was to discuss 1988's Blue Bell Knoll, which very much laid down the specific template bands like The Cranberries followed.

And remember that those tickets went on sale the day after Chris Cornell died in a hotel in Detroit. Also on the same day Twin Peaks: the Return premiered in Los Angeles.

Five days before tickets for Elizabeth Fraser's First Day of Leo appearance went on sale, the existence of a Frasier the Lion cult was revealed on The Leftovers TV series, starring David Lynch company player Justin Theroux (Mulholland Dr, Inland Empire).

I remember talking to a friend back in the Synchrostorm that kicked up in the wake of 9/11 and asking "why do these syncs have to be kicked up in the wake of so much death and suffering?" 

The answer I got? 

"Because no one would pay any attention to them if they weren't."

UPDATE: Well, I guess I expected this, but something besides music bonded Fraser and O'Riordan:
O’Riordan — whose sudden death at age 46 was announced by her publicist on Monday — previously revealed she was sexually abused as a young girl and was also open about suffering from mental health issues, including depression and bipolar disorder. 
In 2013, O’Riordan told LIFE Magazine she was molested for four years starting when she was 8 years old by someone whom she trusted. 
“I was only a kid,” the musician — who leaves behind three children, Taylor, 20, Mollie, 16, and Dakota, 12 (with ex-husband Don Burton) — told the outlet. “It gets hard as well when you have daughters because you get flashbacks when you’re with them and when you are watching them. You wonder, ‘How can anyone get satisfaction in any way, you know?'”

UPDATE: Speaking of the CIA, here's Brit Marling:


But there's more. In this instance the weird Mandela Effect appearance of this duo of Fraser and Sinead (believe me, I'd have noticed this before), recorded for a benefit record for Northern Irish youth programs. Here's what I wrote a short while back:

And just to add the cherry on top, I discovered this stellar track featuring Our Lady and Sinead O'Connor, which for some bizarre reason (D::Wave) went totally under my radar for 20-odd years. That is, if this song actually existed then. I'm kind of thinking its existence was recently written into history. 

Say what you will about these Cosmodemonic entities inhabiting machine intelligences, just don't say they don't have exquisite taste in music.

Anyway, this is an alternate take of a benefit single featuring Feargal "For the love of all that's holy, please stop me before I sing again and ruin your Undertones memories" Sharkey, Sinead, Nancy Griffith and Bond-Villain Arch-Globalist Peter Gabriel™ (former singer for Genesis 6:4, birthname Ernst Stavro Blofeld). 

The Cocteau Twins' version is only about eleventy-trillion times better than the actual single and not only features Liz and Sinead at their peaks but really lets Jah Wobble's slinky bassline drive the train. Ol' Wob loves his Fraserites.

Wobble here is Jah Wobble, nee John Wardle. Wobble rose to prominence with the first real Post-Punk album, First Issue by Public Image Ltd. Wobble's basslines- drawing on the apocalyptic resonances of Dub Reggae- were much like Fraser's singing in that they seemed to open some kind of door, some gateway between the real and the imaginal.

"Be Still" was the only instance of Wobble and Fraser appearing on the same song, but the Wob was and is a huge lover of Fraserlings, and has recorded with several of them. 

Including, in this instance, Dolores O'Riordan. From the album Take Me to God.

And in this instance, Sinead. 

Note that "Be Still" was recorded in 1993, while the Cranberries were recording their first album.

Wob is also the Bass of God on Second Edition aka Metal Box. At this time PiL was mainlining the dark and weird energies of 1979 and this song-- based on a real-life kidnapping but repurposed to be sung from the POV of a murder victim-- seems in many ways to distill them. 

Not only that, but it also features one of the greatest bass-lines in human history.

The album only deepens the otherworldly effect, with this incredibly weird and mind-bending cover image.

I saw PiL in 1982 and it was one of the most powerful events I've ever experienced, even if the Wob was replaced by another guy. 

The overwhelming shamanic power of John Lydon may be hard to detect today, but in that room it had an overpowering physical presence. I saw hundreds of skinheads hang on Lydon's every word like bobbysoxers at a Sinatra show. To this day, I've never seen a performer command an audience the way he did. 

Bonus factoid: The Young and the Useless- featuring future Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz- opened for PiL. They were chased off the stage after informing the hospitable Boston skins that their city in fact "sucked."

Lydon may have attained that shamanic power as a child, when he was struck by meningitis and had to suffer both the disease and the agony of its treatments as well. His beloved mother never left his side, except to attend daily mass. 

So it was that Lydon was consumed with an unquenchable rage when the local parish priest said he was too drunk to read Lydon's mother her last rites.

Why does this matter? Well, if there's one band- more than any other-- you could point to as Cocteau Twins' initial inspiration and role model, it's Public Image Ltd. 

Garlands gets a lot of comparisons to Siouxsie and the Banshees but those in the know realize there's actually a PiL in the Cocteaux' belly.


  1. Here are some more synchs for the Siren list Chris, I saw the movie 'All the Money in the World' yesterday about the kidnapping of of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Balthazar Getty's dad) and as you know Balthazar Getty is in 'Lost Highway' where he does the love scene to 'Song of the Siren'.
    Michelle Williams plays Gail Harris (Balthazar Getty's Grandmother) in the movie 'All the Money in the World' and Michelle's late ex-partner Heath Ledger, who she has a daughter to, also filmed a love scene in the movie 'Candy' to 'Song to the Siren'.
    But here is a rather bizarre fact, Heath passed away on
    January 22nd, which also happens to be Balthazar Getty's birthday, too.
    Abbie Cornish, who was in the love scene with Heath in 'Candy' is also in the movie 'Three Billboards Outside EBBING, Missouri'.
    Ebbing is when the tide is heading back to the ocean, by the way;-)

    1. Damn, that movie sounds like a Secret Sun sync-fiesta. All that and Mark Wahlberg? Ai yi yi.

    2. There is a lot more to it than that as well.
      Balthazar Getty's upcoming movie called 'Down by the Water' is based on the PJ Harvey song "Down by the Water.
      The song and its lyrics are integral to the story-line: appearing, and repeating throughout according to the trivia at the movie's IMDB page.

      I wrote a post about all of this stuff including the video of PJ Harvey singing the song where she sings most of the song underwater -


    3. I think it was Peter Lavenda in one of his Sinister Forces books who concluded, or was quoting Jim Garrison, that when the coincidences started to pile up, when strange "syncs" were happening, it was a sign that an intelligence operation was underway. The sorcerers were at work. There certainly seems to be a lot of that going on these days.

  2. There is a Killing Joke tie to this story, apparently Martin Glover (Youth) Killing Joke bassist was waiting for her arrival in the recording studio this morning in London when he heard the news. You couldn't make up eerier stuff if you tried.

    1. Of course Youth- aka MiniWob-- is in the mix. I was going to mention Wob working with the KJ boys in Damage Manual but didnt want to go too far afield. Thanks Violet.

    2. Have you listened to Hypnopazuzu? It's Youth and David Tibet.

  3. Chris, you mentioned Twin Peaks. I always think of Angelo's music.
    David said, “Angelo, I just heard this track. It is fantastic. This is for me. I gotta do this song. Please let me do the vocal on this song.”
    I said, “Well, David, I know your style. I’ll tell you, you’re probably the only guy that makes sense. I can see you doing kind of a dark sound. You got it!”

    Dolores O'Riordan worked with composer Angelo Badalamenti on the Evilenko soundtrack including "Angels Go to Heaven"
    Dolores O'Riordan and Angelo Badalamenti The Butterfly

    1. Of course. Angelo acquired his taste for Fraserlings from Lynch, who's positively addicted to them. Thanks Karin- good stuff.

    2. Fraser and Guthrie were asked to perform Song to the Siren in Lynch's Blue Velvet however it fell through when the label asked for too much money. The track does later appear on Lynch's Lost Highway.

  4. Never got into the Cranberries, thought they were one of those 90s "designed" bands that made even the most plastic, late period new wave bands look and sound spontaneous by comparison. About the link between the cranberries and the Cocteau Twins I did not saw it then because I never got past The Moon and the Melodies, to this day I have never listened to their post 1986 work,maybe for the best it seems. By 1989 mtv had jumped the shark, grunge was its last great moment as taste makers. Funny, how back in the 90s we thought that if mtv vanished the music would improve and it did vanish and yet mainstream music has only gotten worse. Oh well.

    1. Hey, if you're going to sign off with the Cocteaus, 1986 is as good a cutoff as any.

  5. https://unbound.com/books/ethereal-punks-the-cocteau-twins-story/levels/

  6. Is someone or something killing off 90s musicians,again?

  7. Hhaha, actually a few weeks ago i found this PIL song and have been listening to it a lot.


    Johnny really proved he was more than the sex pistols with this band.

    That seemed to be a real thing in the 90's. Musical clones.
    Nirvana gets big. The business spits out bush, silverchair, and nickleback.

    1. Keith Levene wrote the music to that. He was magic until the junk took him down.

  8. Have you seen this?


  9. Weirdest sync to ever happen to me was today. I fell asleep in the living room with '70s hits playing on one of those commercial-less TV cable music channels. I was in that zone of 'sort of' sleeping, but yet still somewhat conscious. In the blackness I kept hearing a voice repeating "Troglodyte, troglodyte,..." over and over. I suddenly woke up and a song was finishing on TV and the next? The Troglodyte Song by the Jimmy Castor Bunch of which I have never heard before. It was a real "W.T.F." moment that brought me to being fully awake!

    I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe the fact that I refuse to get on the 2000s' tech bandwagon (smartphones, social media, etc.) has people calling me old-fashioned, behind the times, and 'in the past' which Troglodyte alludes to. So who was calling me this name from the ether (or whatever/wherever it came from)?

    Chris, you're right on in that the syncs are coming at us furiously now. I just wonder if the unknowing majority of people will start to notice as well and if that will change or advance anything - for good or bad....?

    1. I guess that remains to be seen, 1118y. I can't even begin with the change/advance stuff yet. Let's keep hashing it all out together and hopefully crowdsource an answer.

    2. Got a chill reading this. I've had a load of little 'Trogolodyte' syncs since the turn of the year - my inner hard materialist censor tried writing it off as frequency illusion until I started getting close encounters with Eurasian wrens (troglodytes troglodytes) - not an easy bird to spot, and one which I've hardly ever seen until now.

      Most curiously, I also have a fairly visceral aversion to the consumer tech of the last decade - everything since the iPhone has just had too much of an archonic vibe for me to swallow (I'll willingly take people's cheap jabs at my ancient phone... it's better than the alternative on levels they can't/won't even comprehend, which is surprising as most of them are old enough to have experienced a time before such things).

      Glad it's not just me.

    3. Ok, this is just too damn weird to not comment. I could literally hear the voice saying “troglodyte, troglodyte” that you describe as hearing in your weird lucid dream state because the exact same damn thing happened to me a few years ago and it has stuck with me ever since- long before I found this blog and started noticing all the incredibly bizarre personal syncs that until now have felt like despite their resonance I’m yhe moment, most everything I’ve noticed wouldn’t be likely to make much sense to anyone else without giving the memoir length explanation necessary. But this is pretty much on the nose and so FREAKING weird right now!
      Ok so- here’s how my dream happened: I wa swirling overnights, week on week off 12 hour shifts. I would get there at 7:30 PM and leave at 8:00 the next morning. As you might be able to imagine, this can cause a person to get a bit loopy, and when coming off of 7 days off or on there would always be a “layover” day where I would have to pull an all nighter in order to re-boot my sleep schedule for the coming week. The night this happened I was on my first night back- so by 3am I had already been going for about 20 hours with no sleep. It was January- I remember this specifically because I was starting a stretch of two straight weeks of 12 hour shifts to cover for a co worker, I needed the overtime because my car was running without a heater. In Jaunuary in Northern MN- I’m about 100ish mikes from the Canadian border- you need a damn heater in your car when it’s literally -40 f without the wind chill. I had to plug my blow drier into an outdoor extension cord and use it to defrost the inside of my windshield before I could leave and spent the entire 20 minute commute freezing my ass off. The house I was working at was a home for 4 men who were aged 19-60, all of whom suffered from severe schizophrenia. It was located on a scenic road located on a cliff overlooking the harbor of Lake Superior. It was a mid-century style 6 bedroom home that was 80% glass- floor to ceiling windows facing the lake, skylights, etc. Tge view at night was incredible, and I had about 8 hours of my 12 hours there to stare outside as the guys had to be in their rooms by 10pm and usually didn’t wake up till about 7 for meds and breakfast. I read loads of books and watched a lot of TV- anything I could think of to keep my mind occupied so I would stay awake. That particular night the history channel was airing the first days reruns from “apocalypse week” (seriously, I’m truly not creative enough to make this shit up lol). The show I was watching was talking about the different ways that the Earth could essentially be removed from existence within seconds including being swallowed by a black hole, hit by an asteroid and other very light hearted topics to ponder while alone in a house of mentally ill men at 3am.

    4. I remember looking up and glancing the length of the house- you could see from one end all the way to the other if sitting at the wall on either end and the sofa was placed so that employees could keep an eye on whatever was happening. I remember thinking about how bright the lights from he city were shining through the window, wondering what time it was, looking at the digital clock on the cable box and seeing the it was 3:45. I remember looking up again and realizing that someone was walking toward me and that I couldn’t tell who it was but knew the person hadn’t come from the stairs where all the bedrooms were located. I started getting that panicky fight or flight feeling in the pit of my stomach and began to wonder if I was dreaming, and then remember hearing that word- troglodyte- and kind of gasping myself awake. I hadn’t realized that I was sleepy or falling asleep. I looked at the clock again suddenly freaking out that I could have slept for hours- but the clock still said 3:45. I still don’t know how long I was asleep or honestly even if I was sleeping to tell you the truth, but I do know that only a handful of times have I had anything similar occur and every single one has been enough to raise the hair on the back of my neck years later.

    5. Reading this and the comment about the wrens was another oddity- this past summer I had a little wren fall out of its best in my back yard. My husband and a friend of mine found it and asked me to come check it out and see if I knew what to do as I occasionally volunteer for a local wildlife rescue. I remember thinking that I had never seen a bird like it in MN before- I have always lived in the woods and had feeders, se omg tons of varieties of birds isn’t unusual as we are part of a big migratory beltway that is mostly used by raptors and other large species but is known for large flicks of smaller starlings etc. They come through in the late summer/early fall and get drunk on all the berries that have grown over the season and started to ferment and then spend most of September flying into windows and cars and pedestrians. Anyhow- I looked it up after reading this and realized that the bird we rescued was very similar if not the same. And the wiki description of the birds interaction with humans was pretty interesting. I wish I could post a screenshot here but you guys should definitely give it a gander if you have any interest- it feels like there might be something here.

      And I mean.... troglodyte?! What a bizarre thing to have come up! I think I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve seen that word or heard it in conversation and 3 them have been in this conversation lol!!

      Here’s the link in case anyone is interested! Thanks for sharing your stories, gave me something to think about today!

    6. Oh! One more bizarre thing too- so just a few nights ago I was reading to my kids at bedtime out of an Aesops Fables book that we’ve had forever. I opened it and it was bookmarked at the Wren and Bear story and both my 7 year old son and I were super confused because we had never noticed it and had never read the story. I specifically remember reading the book from start to finish, one story at a time, right after my close friend gave it to my son for his second birthday. Maybe I’m nuts and it’s always been there, but.... I just don’t know anymore!! I’ll tell you, after years of caring for folks who are severely mentally ill- this blurring of the lweek nes between what I know to be real and what I can no longer be sure of... it’s really disturbing!

    7. About two weeks ago I walked by a house and saw/heard a woman telling her 3,4 year old grandchild boy "You are a troglodyte!". One of those things that seem to pop up of the background sound and jump to your attention. And I thought " what a horrible thing to tell a child". Also her choice of word seemed odd, she did not look like she had a big vocabulary. At the time it puzzled me, now i am even more puzzled. Also back in the early 90s a friend told me the most popular "brand" of weed being sold in our area was called troglodyte.

    8. Just thought I would chime in with this troglodyte phenomenon occurring lately. I will say that I have heard this term thrown around more than ever in the last month. I recall my first recent encounter with it about a month ago while perusing the user comments of an article on Vigilant Citizen. Some troll came in and basically accused everyone in the comments section of being troglodytes. Until then it was basically a term that had been in the recesses of my mind. After that initial troglodyte encounter I've experienced it more frequently. These last several weeks have without a doubt been the most troglodyte infused of my life.

  10. That's some interesting context.

    When they were fresh, which was when I was in high school, I hated them. Then late one night, in whatever year it was Youtube was born, the video for Dreams sucked me in. Her voice was angelic. Also, the way she jerks her head around at points - "never QUITE (head jerk) as it seems" - made me imagine some suit/the director shouting at her: "No no no! More enthusiasm! Really HIT that "quite"! Then it winds up looking completely ridiculous. But the machine rolls on regardless. They were so young.

    "When You're Gone" - Totally sounds like something that would be in Lynch soundtrack.

    "This is the Day" - Some interesting dew drop, space and monolith imagery.

    Maybe it's just me, but Irish women have the most beautiful voices. I don't just mean "there are a lot of great female Irish singers", which there are, but their regular speaking voices too.

    1. They were a good band. I always enjoyed their stuff. Things could get pretty Black Oak Arkansas on alt.rock radio and they evened it all out.

  11. I think a major point is being missed here; the 'new wave' movement was STAGED and is essentially propaganda.
    Same shit as the 'hippie' movement of the 60's, or the 'Disco' era of the 70's.
    And don't even ask me about 'hair metal' of the 80's and early 90's; I played drums in a band during this time.
    OH, and that includes 'grunge' too; Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington were SILENCED!
    But there is, OF COURSE a 'dark side' to this; ritual and SACRIFICE anyone?
    So you get your 'fame' and 'success' and then your ASS gets MURDERED; of course to look as a 'suicide' or the like right?
    SSDD man.
    We gotta find the SOURCE of all this madness; ANCIENT fucking shit!

    1. It can get more complicated. I know for a fact that people have been seen rather alive after they supposedly died. Your guess is as good as mine as what is really going on.

    2. You're absolutely right Maria. A European diplomat I once knew was reported to have perished in a hotel fire. When I read the story I realized that nothing was adding up. What WAS adding up was how awfully convenient the circumstances were: That a man with contacts in Washington as well as Moscow, and good knowledge of the Middle East, may simply have 'switched jobs'. That his 20-something mistress supposedly vanished with him. That he had never divorced his wife, who therefore collected millions from the government. Etc. etc. Deadly accident? Or win-win all around?...

    3. The dark side comment makes me wonder: what else is out there about the "supergroup" D.A.R.K.? They did put out an album in 2016 and the second to last song looks very siren-syncy to me.

      Also, why Delores and not Dolores, Chris? What am I missing about your spelling choices?

    4. Hey-- Delores, Dolores, shouldn't we all be able to spell the way we feel? If I want to spell Dolores "D%#RER*&Sº" isn't that my right as a sentient being? Standardized spelling is the Patriarchy, man.

      (Actually, Delores is the American rendering).

    5. The last track from her band (Jetlag) aka D.A.R.K 2016 album Science Agrees is "loosen the noose" and on her own 2009 solo album No Baggage the last song is named "tranquilizer"

    6. Spell the way we feel? Patriarchy? Valid points, Chris. The primary aspect of language has always been oral; so I agree that the rest is window dressing, for the most part.

      Another way to look at it is, "my name is my possession". Spelling your name as Kris might be seen as disrespectful.

      With Dolores, el dolor in Spanish means "pain". There. An extra reason not to tweak it.

      But mainly, that patriarchal good spelling shows readers that the author has put a lot of attention into detail. Not just with spelling but with research and with the way he handles information and facts in general. Because once the audience has doubts, they will doubt EVERYTHING.

    7. Dude, seriously- don't worry yourself sick over it. Delores is the common American spelling of the name. Someone pointed it out and I changed it. Happens all day every day. Publish and polish- that's the name of the game around here.

    8. Fuck it. Let me know if this goes through Chris:

      Other than the extra 'e' and a change in sound when 2 vowels are exchanged, what's the difference between 'beehive' & 'behave'?

  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0q98NlzvCQ

    PiL interview with Keith Leveene and Lydon on the Tom Snyder show. Snyder has another Youtube footnote for trying to play with Charlie Manson's buttons by bashing him with guilt-shaming in an '81 vid. But this interview, man...

    These men look inhabited. Their eyes gleam with lethality as they fend off his whole approach, like a coupla beasties who loathe this (hu)man and his glamor.

    glam·our also glam·or (glăm′ər)
    1. Exciting or mysterious attractiveness usually associated with striking physical beauty, luxury, or celebrity.
    2. Archaic Magic cast by a spell; enchantment.
    [Scots, magic spell, alteration of grammar (from the association of learning with magic).]
    Usage Note: Many words, such as honor, vapor, and labor, are usually spelled with an -or ending in American English but with an -our ending in British English. The preferred spelling of glamour, however, is -our, making it an exception to the usual American practice. The adjective is more often spelled glamorous in both American and British usage.
    -American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.

    glamour (ˈɡlæmə) or glamor
    1. charm and allure; fascination
    2.a. fascinating or voluptuous beauty, often dependent on artifice
    b. (as modifier): a glamour girl.
    3. archaic a magic spell; charm
    [C18: Scottish variant of grammar (hence a magic spell, because occult practices were popularly associated with learning)]
    -Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition

    Maybe Snyder shoulda gone to grammar school. Oh, wait, he probably did the Satanic grammar shuffle along with the rest of these LA Process familiars in some baroque mass in the hills, did a little vampirism, all that so he'd be blessed with the best interviews. So they know each other through six degree of invocation. I'll stop.

    1. Yeah, like I said, you felt some kind of power in the presence of those two when they were on. Levene did things with the guitar that were unfathomable to me.

  13. I knew we would have a secret sun post on it as soon as I saw she passed. Gen X singers are cursed. Curse of the siren. Guess its a good thing my voice isnt too good lol. I say that but id dance with the siren. Lets go sweet thing, I got a music career that needs happenin. Youre running low on gen x singers anyhow and Im bored.

    Eddie V might want to get one of those life alert buttons.

    1. Unless he already had a surrogate...

      Check the archives.

  14. The Cranberries were a perfect vehicle for the early 90s music industry: I remember when Linger came out, rich college kids instantly embraced it in a "proud to be a dork" kinda way. That's marketing genius right there - selling something by the million yet making each and every consumer feel special, alternative and mainly, above it all.

    Yet the MTV-friendly hits were just one facet. There was a rawness to their live gigs that couldn't be captured or even recorded, let alone bottled up.

    And ultimately, underneath it all, Dolores was wailing; pained and wounded. The A-sides were solid and pop-friendly. But the B-sides were haunting, anguished, their cello solos repetitive in a way that evoked the vicious circle of a feverish, self-traumatizing mind:

    "My identity, has it been taken? /
    Is my heart breakin' on me?"

    [Empty, 1993]

    1. From the same song:

      "Why did you turn on the light /
      Didn't you know that I was sleeping"

      Hmm. Knowing what I didn't know 20 years ago, somehow I doubt this is directed at a 'boyfriend'.

    2. Yeah, all the signs were there. Nobody pays attention. Sigh...

  15. Dead at 46... I am on board with the synchronicities and the general weirdness, and even with the remote possibility that the person may be still alive but has been reassigned to a new "project".

    Having recently lost my life partner at 44 - "unexpected sudden cardiac death" - I just wanted to mention that this is another piece in our new normal: People die suddenly. With no warning signs. And not while in hospital: No. The doctors have pumped the body with so much medication, one day the patient just wakes up at home in the morning and enters the bathroom to take a shower... The End.

    Sorry to hijack this discussion for my little 'public health announcement'. All I want to say is: My friends - be careful. Sadly, getting a thumbs up from a top-notch private hospital means nothing nowadays. You could be gone within weeks; I've seen this first-hand. Protect your health. Study and read. Explore natural treatments on top of conventional ones. And always get a second or third diagnosis and opinion. God Bless.

    1. Yes, the 'new project', the 'breakaway civilisation' for the novus ordo seclorum, needs entertainers too. cf Topeka II (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Boy_and_His_Dog_(1975_film) )

      Cataclysms favour mermaids.

      I wonder if the name of this blog was chosen because 'secret sun' sounded poetically resonant, or because of a hunch along with esoteric clues that it was at 'the centre of it all' (a sun so terrible it has to be secret)?

    2. I'm sorry for you. I've heard your sort of story enough times to break my heart into really little pieces. Hospitals are simply releasing patients way too soon, while they should still be under observation and connected to the machines that check their vital signs. And there really isn't a lot you can do if it happens to somebody close to you, apart from watching them like a hawk and demanding attention the minute you suspect they're not looking too good.

      The other bit of advice I can give that helps somewhat: get some of those vitamins and minerals supplements that have the whole lot of everything. You'd be surprised how often a sick person dies just because they're short of some essential something or other. Ill people often need more vitamins and minerals than healthy people, because they're using them up to repair tissues.

    3. The one song of the Cranberries that really stuck with me was "Salvation". I just went to check it out in YouTube, and the video has this creepy clown and this board with squares of light.

      The syncs never fail, do they? OK, Chris, you haven't been going on about the syncs with IT - but others have.

    4. How are those syncs, Maria? What external reality are they corresponding to? A video and a film using the same symbols isn't necessarily synchronicity.

    5. The real sync in the "Salvation" video is the drowned Jeff Buckley lookalike.

    6. @anonymous 2:39

      I dont even have any good words for you but you have my empathy. Take care of yourself. Theres another chapter for you yet.

    7. Hear, hear. So sorry for your loss, 239. And thank you for the advice.

  16. A couple in Riverside County were arrested today for keeping their 13 kids chained inside the house.

    Oh by the by, the father is a former engineer with Northrop Grumman, "a US global aerospace and defense technology company".

    1. On that note -- gotta say, Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" movie is a mighty fine piece of misdirection. He serves up some poetic justice-type links between the school massacre and the town's role in the ďefense industry. When the reality is so much more blatant and brutal than that.

    2. Horrible story. Need to look into that more.

  17. Great writing! This is some of the meatiest musical journalism since McGowan (stay safe!).

    To bring it back to Lydon is brilliant. He was one of the very first to spot Savile's evil and for that he has been a bit of a hero to me. He quite probably has been recognizing the industry victims for years as well. As for his stage presence, I caught their "lets tour once more for the money" show (the one with Steve Jones back) and when he delivered his famous "ever felt a bit cheated?" line way more added layers of meaning seemed to be in those words.

    The Cranberries also have a couple of interesting personal synchs for me as a musician. The first was truly understanding the "old music engineer/roadie/techie retired to the country" phenomenon going on all around the US as the old ones start to get out of the biz. These are industry pros who for whatever reason cash out and take their semi-retirement to the country quietly yet often with their skills still needing a work out from time to time. Some set up studios in the middle of nowhereville and it's quite remarkable how deeply some embed into the local creative scene.

    This was made apparent to me (again) on a vaction I once took to small rural county (the entire population wouldn't nearly fill a college football stadium). Heading to the bar with local music (usually a bunch of semi-talented locals of widely varying skills that leave you thinking "hmmm, that guitartist is pretty good, but damn that drummer....")

    Imagine my surprise when I walked into the bar and heard the Cranberries playing, apparently live!

    It was not to be. One of those local retired sound geniuses had instead grabbed his favorite digital processor and other nifty high-tech sound equipment to work up a young lady who could hold pitch well enough for him to work his magic. He (or she) apparently found some other young kids to form the band to play the simple Cranberry parts, and the pro dialed up their sounds as well on the processors. BINGO, the "juke box" sound-alike cover band.

    Long story short, this is seriously creepy tech going back to your transistor musings. The music industry literally runs on these machines to create things at the push of a button. Is this creativity? Or magic? Both? Something else? And to state the obvious, this is one of U2's most open secrets as well.

    On the more organic side, I once had the pleasure of playing Linger with a pretty good group of musicians and singers for a couple of shows and it's a great song even without all the digi-crap layered on top. We pulled it off with a crappy practice PA and no processing at all for one show.

    1. Yeah, I can't listen to any commercial or Top 40 music these days because of the annoying frequency modulation. It just repels me. And when I hear that stuff at a party or whatever you really feel how manipulative it is.

    2. Musicians and songwriters themselves can be manipulated by the producer's bag of tricks as well. I've recorded in the studios of two internationally known engineers/producers (one I think with a grammy now) and personally heard how they can take almost any track (as long as it's decently recorded, in tune and on the beat) and twist it into nearly unrecognizable sounds that will amaze even the musician who originally laid down the track. The options can quickly become mind-boggling if one tends in that direction.

      If the musician/songwriter is a magician creating something from nothing (a song), what are we to make of those who work their own form of magic over our songwriting magicians? That's why I think we should keep an eye on the producers as well as their "vessels".

    3. Yeah, look at the credits on the latest Beyonce album. There are movies that have far less people working on them.

  18. Chris, the site I posted yesterday has a new article with links to those videos. welcometotwinpeaks.com/music/angelo-badalamenti-dolores-oriordan/
    Around 2004, the Irish singer-songwriter started collaborating with one of her idols, Angelo Badalamenti, although they were never in a recording studio together. Instead, Dolores would sing to Badalamenti over the phone as they sketched out rough versions of songs. Whenever the composer finished an instrumental track, he’d send it over for her to add the vocals she’d written.

    This continued Internet collaboration resulted in the release of three songs, two of them included on the soundtrack of Evilenko (Amazon), a 2004 Italian crime horror film. A third one, The Butterfly, was part of a Belgian compilation in support of UNICEF.
    “She’s a wonderful lyricist with an edge to her voice,” Angelo Badalamenti said in a 2015 interview, in which he revealed they were working on her upcoming album. So there’s more were the beautiful songs below came from, and we can only hope we’ll ever get to hear those unreleased collaborations.

  19. Hello Chris,

    Not sure if you're aware, but, the Cocteaus' back-catalogues's been repressed. https://www.normanrecords.com/artist/2124-cocteau-twins

    Plus,I got this today, unsure if it's synchrotastic? (Sorry for the pasting)

    Bad Wolves Issue Statement On Dolores O’Riordan Collaboration

    “Zombie” Cover Collaboration Cut Short By Cranberries Singer’s Tragic Passing

    NEW YORK, NY, January 16, 2018: Hard rock band Bad Wolves issued a statement yesterday via Twitter, expressing their deep condolences at the sudden passing of Cranberries lead vocalist Dolores O’Riordan. O'Riordan was set to record her vocals yesterday on the up-and-coming Los Angeles group’s cover of The Cranberries’ most famous and successful song, “Zombie.” The full statement can be read HERE.

    Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext said in the statement, "Zombie is an incredibly personal song…and we always felt the rawness and honesty she projected on stage and in her recordings was something to which all bands should aspire to...When we heard she wanted to sing on our version, it was the greatest compliment a [band] could receive.”

    When Bad Wolves turned in their upcoming album to record company Eleven Seven Music, CEO Allen Kovac - who managed The Cranberries for many years - immediately knew the version was special and sent it to O’Riordan. She connected with Bad Wolves’ performance and offered to add her own vocals to the track. The recording session was coordinated through Eleven Seven International Managing Director Dan Waite, a long-time friend of O’Riordan’s and the session was to take place yesterday in London.

    Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac said, “From the very first time I met Dolores, I knew she was a great talent. Managing the Cranberries and being part of making “Zombie” one of the biggest records of its time was a great professional honor. So when Dan Waite called me suggesting a collaboration with Dolores and Bad Wolves’ on “Zombie,” I was excited to once again be a part of the magic she was able to create. My heart goes out to her children, I hope they can find some peace despite this tragic event.”

    Waite added, "The news that my friend Dolores has passed deeply shocked me. I worked with the Cranberries at Universal Records and have kept in touch ever since.

    “Dolores left me a voice message just after midnight last night stating how much she loved Bad Wolves version of “Zombie; she was looking forward to seeing me in the studio and recording vocals. She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and and my wife this week. The news of her passing is devastating and my thoughts are with Don her ex-husband, her children, and her mother."

    1. Wolves- Wolf River-Wolf in the Breast. Plus, Killing Joke. Plus, D.A.R.K. We need to start learning how to read this stuff. Lives are in the balance. Cheers Kevin.

    2. Plus Lupine Howl, Damon Reece's old band.

  20. Chris,

    I saw PiL at the Orpheum in the late 80s, and I couldn't agree more that Lydon has immense presence and command of the audience. It still makes the short list of best concerts I've ever seen, and having worked the club industry for decades and seeing everyone in rooms large and small, that's saying something.

    I have to wonder - Lydon nearly died as a child, having contracted some nasty like meningitis when he was 7-8 years of age. He once described it in an interview as having completely wiped his mind, that his Mom had to teach him once more how to speak, etc. Could this near-death experience have been a shamanic initiation of sorts, the kind Gordon would call "becoming invincible"? He hasn't spoken of his experience in detail, not that I've read, so if he had any hallucinations, spirit encounters or travels to other realms, who can say? Given his innate abilities, one can only wonder.

    1. Yeah, it seems like Lydon made some regular night sea journeys to the other side. He seemed to fill the Channel with his presence and you know that was not a small place. Shame he let it all go to seed so quickly. Ego.

  21. 2015 interview with Angelo recounting his 1st meeting with David Lynch. http://spiritandfleshmag.com/interviews/interview-with-angelo-badalamenti/
    Why don’t you take Isabella to New York, get a band together and record her?” I believe David took little if any money to direct, but contractually he had total creative freedom, within limits, and he wanted to use “Song of the Siren” by the Cocteau Twins, his favorite song at the time – but because they wanted fifty thousand dollars for the rights, Dino De Laurentiis says, “Tell this music guy to write a song like the one you want” and to pacify De Laurentiis, David said, “Ok, I’m gonna write a few words and let this guy from New Jersey write a little music, and then say, ‘I heard it and don’t like it, but at least I tried’ – and then just use the record.” So Isabella comes to the studio with a little piece of yellow paper that says, “Mysteries of Love: Sometimes the wind blows and you and I float in love and kiss forever in the darkness.” I’m reading this and saying, “This is not a song. There’s no rhymes. I write songs that have a hook. I’m so sorry I asked this guy to write a lyric!” So I called David and said, “Your lyric is really something” – I didn’t say bad or good – “and by the way, what kind of music do you hear?” “Oh, just let it float like the tides of the ocean, make it collect space and time, timeless and endless.” So Julee Cruise comes in and sings it in a beautiful, soft tone in the upper register. That song created the sound. Radio stations had a hard time playing it. It’s not pop, R&B, jazz, country – what is it? It was a tone poem and “Twin Peaks” integrated it.

    So David and I started to collaborate. He said, “I need a main-title theme with a Russian sound.” He wanted to use Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony for Blue Velvet, which would not have cost much. He asked, “Can you write like Shostakovich?” I said, “You’re talking about one of my favorite composers. I’m not half as good, but I can write in that style.” And on the plane to LA I wrote the music and he flipped: “It’s Russian, dark, a little dissonant – beautiful but strange at the same time.”

    1. Yep- David and his Fraser-fixation. I remember seeing Blue Velvet in the theaters and thinking, "sheesh this sounds a lot like the Cocteau Twins. Must be my imagination."

  22. Not a sync, but thought this might be of interest to some:

    Faye Wong covered 'Dreams' for the soundtrack of Chungking Express, in which she also stars:


    Wong also covered, and collaborated with the Cocteau Twins:


    and covered Sinead O'Connor:


    I really hope nothing happens to Faye aka the world's most beautiful woman!

    Love the blog, Chris: essential reading.


    1. Beautiful and excellent taste in music. Nearly perfect.

  23. One of the very few decent sounds to come out of the 90s, and sadly missed.

    'Everybody else...' certainly had amazing production values - if you were test-driving a new hifi, this is one of the CDs that would go with you. (Actually, still is... but Eurythmics 'Revenge' remains my personal gold standard. What are Lennox / Stewart up to these days anyway?) So like you say, someone was investing heavily.

    1. They always seem to be, Adam. I guess these days they don't try to hide it.

  24. Now Chris don't over Analyse her death...
    WAIT yeah do ANALYZE this...

    The first single off their album Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, featured a video of Planes flying over and into twin towers released in September of 2001 was quickly scrubbed clean of such nonsense!

    True fans and conspiracy nutters know what happened and
    I own both versions that often gives me chills! Oh and by all means check out the lyrics of Analyse and several other songs on that release including Time is Ticking out...


    1. Excellent. Thanks for the tip. Yeah, seems to be some weird elements surrounding this band.

  25. I had such a crush on her when I was in middle school!! And totally, Dreams music video was the Cocteau Twins hard

    1. Indeed it was. I mean, Pearls? Dropping? Yowza.

    2. haha so true! I loved your interview on Greg's Higherside - made me have to dig out all the Cocteau tape cassettes I still had in the basement. Now if I can only find a tape player jeez. Also about a month ago I found 2 Tim Buckley LPs at a salvation army eeeeek weird. PS I also live sort of down the street from Trump's golf course in Bedminster

    3. Jersey represent! I have a new Higherside coming up soon, hopefully...

  26. I'm 12 years younger than O'Riordan, and probably a similar number of years younger than you. That puts me right at the cusp between Generation X and the Millennials; either the youngest of the former or the oldest of the latter, depending on who you talk to.

    I remember all the bands of the early 90s, but they were all, well, big kids. I listened to them all with my family members who were 5-10 years older than me, but I didn't get them on an emotional level.

    Going back and watching videos from that era is... shocking. When I was a kid, Lane Staley seemed like an old man. Watching the video for Man in a Box now, he's a child, and a child clearly suffering from severe mental health issues. Virtually every lyric, every inflection, every video from that period screams "Red Flag-- Serious Trauma-- Please Help." (Except the video for Jeremy, which is a straight-up demonic evocation, well beyond red flag territory.) And it's funny how at the time, everyone obviously knew that, but nobody took it seriously. Not after Cobain died, not after Lane died, and not even now that every frontman from that period except Eddie Vedder and Billy Corgan has gone to an early grave. What does it say about our society that we literally produced an entire generation with severe mental health issues and used them as disposable entertainment?

    1. Yep. You hit the nail on the head. Something bad was going on in the 70s up there. Social changes, drugs, something else? Dunno. But it was bad.

    2. A new Laurel Canyon... rebranded with a new sound, look, and intent for the populous?

    3. Exactly!
      SSDD; same SHIT, different DECADE.
      Replaying old memes, old paradigms, re-shuffling the 'deck' to make it seem 'new'.
      OLD 'Archetypes', OLD 'GODS' seeking FOOD.
      TPTB run this 'show' for their hidden 'masters'.

  27. http://sirensofsong.com/harriet-wheeler/

  28. Unrelated (at least to the scope of this post), but I just can't believe the insanity... I came across two bizarre and horrible news stories from Cali today:

    (Umm... Woodward & Bernstein? Nixon.)

    Mudslides, fires, horrific murders (gay and transgender related), and religious zealot parents keeping their children malnourished and shackled to beds - those are the leading news stories in the newspaper links from above. Hmmm... seeing a theme here. A scary, disturbing theme.

  29. The death of another artist trying to maintain their integrity in a truly brutalizing world. It's difficult to know what to say to these kinds of things; the bizarre synchronicities and just the way industries chew up and spit out those who most want to search for beauty and meaning in this world, and to share it with others. Guess it's par for the course in a world as archonic as this one. But the fact that we can still create unsanctioned meaning, and share it with those who need it most, tells me that beauty is a very real thing. It tells me that spirit and spirits are very real. It tells me that we human beings are so grand, majestic and mysterious. Why else would they desecrate us so? Why else maintain a world in which depression, mental illness and violence claim so many of us? Fame is it's own kind of siren, I suppose. It beckons to those who believe it'll infer some kind of divinity, a glamour, a lustre that won't fade. But what it does is turn you into an image, and a weaponized one at that. Or in the case of Fraser turn you into a channel, a rift or wound. And even the strongest soul might buckle under the furies unleashed from such a rift, especially when you're being gamed at every level by handlers and freaks who don't give a fuck about you. When I meet a true visionary, through art or in real life, I often find that there is so much anguish in them. Or at the very least a profound kind of loneliness. Kudos to every artist and visionary who is an exception to that rule. It's no mean feat.

    1. Well, I'll tell you-- all these traumatized people seem so drawn to abusive situations like working in the music industry and seem to be often be so good at it. But they never escape their trauma and the snakepit makes it so much worse. Our Lady has taken herself away from it and seems finally to be recovering. But I really believe that we only know so much about the violence visited on these people as children. I really don't believe you ever really recover from it.

    2. Psychologically we are drawn to what we are familiar with, so much so that what happens during major brain wiring/pruning events (generally the first two years, the 10-13 or so jr high years and then late teens to early 20s) becomes "baked in".

      Anyone seeking to connect with these damaged souls will almost always find reproducing or mirroring issues already wired into the artist's brain will be a very productive form of engagement/control/manipulation.

    3. Oh, agreed. Only so much healing one can do when you've been brutalized and dehumanized like that, in this world anyway. It's heart-breaking really.

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    5. Depression and mental illness are how they keep us under control. The biggest tool used is advertisment. All ads are designed to depress people by making us feel bad about ourselves. If musicians seem emotionally damaged to you try meeting some ad people. That tv series Madmen barely scratches the surface, ad people are severally twisted. As it should be for they are the ones pushing all this garbage down our minds.

    6. Take the Madmen insanity a step further with Big Pharma seeking to have more and more of the population labeled mentally ill:


    7. WOW!...RAJ! im reading back thru comments and...(hope you see this)..And this..!!

      "When I meet a true visionary, through art or in real life, I often find that there is so much anguish in them. Or at the very least a profound kind of loneliness."

      you touched something with that one man...i guess its good to weep sometimes...shit, ok, look, i ain't sayin' i'm a "visionary"( maybe too broken for that to happen?) , but i do the sing/play/write thing since young, (and also, yes to the Gordon question, weird kid?) ....anyway it was your quote...and it made some words i heard once,(twice in fact,but phrased diff)get played back in my head..one said, when telling me the many reasons why she had to leave... (it was the last thing she said...the cherry on top of the Splitsville sundae) and i quote.."... there's a sadness in you that, a, it kinda scares me.." I mean, WTF!?!? do you say to that?...ugh..But anyway, i sincerely thank you Raj, AND Chris..I'm glad to have found you guys. It moves me to know that a few people actually understand and have compassion for the "condition"...

      I'm putting it in my "quote book" (a pile of scribbled scraps on a clip board )attributed to you, Raj. Thanks, and remember what my Muse told me, when falling asleep after reading the Cornell post..."Of course its the broken ones my dear, how do you think we get in?" Love you guys!, Guitardave

  30. Here's an OA connection for you:

    Brit Marling sings a version of 'Dreams' in the 2011 film Sound of My Voice which she co-wrote with regular creative partner Zal Batmanglij (who she also collaborated with for The OA). In the film, Marling's character Maggie claims to be a time traveller who has come to present day LA from the year 2054. In the future a catastrophe has devastated America's infrastructure, forcing a kind of 'return to the land' for its people. Maggie has travelled in time to warn a chosen few – who become her followers in the cult she forms in LA – about the imminent disaster. (Shades of John Titor here.)

    Maggie tells her followers that despite the catastrophe, life in the future is actually better than in the present, with a stronger sense of community and a more authentic sense of living (again, recalling Titor). Her life, she says, is characterised by 'music and dancing'. On hearing this, one of her followers asks her to sing a song from the future. After some encouragement from the rest of the cult, Maggie eventually agrees and performs a rendition of 'Dreams':


    Some of the followers, who recognise the tune, are baffled by this and one of them challenges Maggie. She explains that in her time, there is no recorded music and 'Dreams' has become a folk song, which she heard performed by a singer called Benetton. The follower is late rejected, forcefully, from the group.

    It's a great film, well worth checking out, as is Marling and Batmanglij's subsequent feature The East.

    If anyone's interested here's a link to an article I wrote about the film, and other recent time travel cinema, for the social theory journal Thesis 11:

    Abstract: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0725513615613456

    Full article: https://www.dropbox.com/s/114ayvvs3b6ok70/USE%20THIS%20TIME%20TRAVEL.doc?dl=0



    1. Yeah, doesn't this all seem inevitable, David? Marling is a fascinating figure and a provocative one. In that she seems to enjoy provoking these kinds of reactions.

    2. Absolutely. In my article I compare her to Walter Benjamin's 'angel of history'. Except that where the angel was buffeted by the 'storm we call progress' Marling seems to ride it.

    3. She's not a fascinating figure, her scripts have more formula that a baby's bottle, and if you knew cinema history you could easily identify which directors she rips off, which she feels entitled to do because of her privilege.

    4. I do indeed know my cinema history as I am an academic who has taught the subject for over a decade, and I find her fascinating. Marling is of interest precisely because of who she 'rips off', and the way in which she does it. Privilege is irrelevant here.

  31. Chris, I initially thought you were stretching it with O'Riordan and the Siren mythos, but then I took a look at the official 'Dreams' video (which I had long forgotten), and I near choked. Siren imagery front and center. Dreams was the 'Berries' first hit, it defines that band more than any other song, it is the song that opened the way for their international fame and fortune. It's what put them on the international map. Also had no idea re the links between Fraser and O'Riordan. As you say Chris, it doesn't end...

    1. It really doesn't, Lawrence. I feel absolutely horrible about this situation with O'Riordan, all the more so I find out about her. It brings me to tears, it really does. But at the same time there is this impossible superstructure, this unspoken plan that she was made part of a very, very long time ago. Something is unfolding, I don't know what it is. But I noticed it. And I'm starting to get the very strong impression it noticed me noticing it.

  32. This one is just to juicy not to mention. People have figured that the email address of Paddock matches the address of a Trump hotel in New York.

    So it looks like it was a case of "war in heaven"... in a big way. I'm guessing that the Trump organisation might have made certain promises to Paddock about his gun business. These promises were not respected, due to the war in heaver. Paddock was ticked off beyond belief, and being an ethically challenged guy, he had no issue with expressing his displeasure by eliminating large amounts of people. People have wondered whether the fact that the concert-goers were mostly Trump supporters had anything to do with it. Maybe it did, but not in a political sort of way. He didn't have an issue with their politics, just with the guy they supported. Perhaps Paddock figured that in his new career as president, a ritual attack on his supporters was the best way of harming him.

    1. Sounds like bullshit.

      Some real vegas news though. There was more than one shooter


      McCletchie argues Metro has had three months to show they are still investigating, and that there are in fact other suspects, and said enough is enough; the public has a right to know what happened.

      "There are important therapeutic effects of getting information out there after a tragedy," she said. "The public has a right to know and shouldn't just have to rely on what the sheriff and other law enforcement is saying."

      Metro said they cannot discuss why they cannot release evidence because it would negatively impact their investigation and asked the judge for an on-camera or private meeting to prove their case. Judge Cadish gave them until next week, and said by the end of next week she will decide whether information related to the search warrants will be unsealed, remain sealed or if she needs to have a meeting with Metro.

      Attorney Maggie McCletchie said one week is too long and said every day that goes by is another violation of the first amendment.

      "The public has a dire need to know what happened on 1 October," McCletchie said."

      I guess those witnesses claiming they saw or heard another shooter werent wrong

  33. I spotted it last night.

    Here is the link to the article :


    Or it maybe easier to Google 'Merovee. WordPress. Com' and should be first article. I posted it last night.

    Even with everything else, a WTF moment.


    1. Thanks for sharing!

      I had a "hmmmm" moment reading Turpin worked for Northrop Grumman, but didn't know about the SpaceX Zuma piece.

      Not sure about the centralpark1 email being Trump Tower address tho. There is another email in the affidavit, centralpark4804; although, one is @live and the other is gmail, my thought it's a numbering scheme used by the alphabet agency connected folks. Will probably never know.

    2. Anon

      No problems. Central Park 1 goes with the weirdness. We seem to be in a whirlwind of consciousness.

      And also the address could be read as I Live.


    3. Central Park, where a literal ancient Egyptian obelisk is located: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra%27s_Needle_(New_York_City)

  34. "Cocteau Twins have announced a pair of new reissues: Head Over Heels—released in 1983 after founding bassist Will Heggie’s departure—and the following year’s Treasure, their first LP with his replacement, Simon Raymonde. Both records are out March 16, via 4AD. They follow the reissues last year of Four-Calendar Café* and *Milk & Kisses for Record Store Day."


  35. "Because no one would pay any attention to them if they weren't."

    The hidden key to this story, even the blog itself. All involved in these stories are drawn by the collective attention, most definitely the tragic actors themselves. Appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone has to have major impact upon the psyche; that some number slip and fall from the public stage even into oblivion cannot be surprising.

    On the subject of childhood trauma and giftedness, the works of Alice Miller are illuminating.

  36. hey chris,
    this is something i am reading right now, might be useful to you as well, might not be worth being a public link, politically, you'll decide...
    on the topic of sirens, there is a good chapter in jake sk's book as seen here

  37. meteorite last night in Michigan.

  38. MayI recommend Grimes (ak CLaire Boucher) as another artist who's definitely channelling some otherworldly *something*? altogether an extraordinary person. Her jam seems far more attuned to the Mysteries of the pan-Asian half of the orld as opposed to AChaean Greece, Sumeria or Celtic Europe.

  39. .cl ¿? that hits super next to home.

  40. And, right on cue: Early Cocteau Twins records to be re-released on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. Cocteau fever runs hot in the Year of Our Lady two-thousand-and-eighteen ... http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2018/01/17/cocteau-twins-vinyl-reissues/

  41. I looked up the meaning of the name Dolores a few weeks ago when watching Westworld. She is aptly named in the show which has strong themes of mind control and sex slavery & GTA-style entertainment for the rich. (It does make one wonder about the nature of “reality” and this planet.) I wondered: Why make robots sex-slaves when you can make humans robotic sex slaves? Dolores is constantly raped and wiped. Maybe they *symbolise* the two Dolores? Everything means something in Westworld (as one character observes.)

    Do you know where you are?
    I’m in a dream.
    That’s right, Dolores.

  42. Just started getting into your blog, very thought provoking!!! I have been listening a whole lot to the song sirens by Pearl Jam, then at the same time I come across your thc interview about sirens; made me go hmmmm. Cheers.

  43. I think a while back i wrote a comment critizing what you wrote that you now reposted under epilogue a bitter pil. At the time i was really dispointed to see that my comment had seemed to strike a nerve and you removed some. That's not what i had intended just clarification. So now I'm really proud of you to see it reposted with the highlights that help with clarification. That's right you go stick to the art you make. I was so bothered i didn't post for a while because i felt I'd unintentionally hurt you so i guess it goes both ways right:) hope you see this.

  44. It's hard to believe MTV or Polygram or anyone set out to "kill off" the Cocteau Twins. You can say that whoever was planning their tours / promotional duties was, like certain print-journalists, overlooking what was going on in front of them,but...what's new, these are money-men not social-workers.

    "Killing off the mystique" is exactly what didn't happen.
    Four Calendar Cafe and the self-revelatory interviews of the 1993-5 period
    (a) strengthened the Cocteau Twins as a brand (or rather as a collective "icon"),
    (b:a) "humanized" Elizabeth Fraser (as if that were really necessary). The songs and also the interviews - where she wasn't just talking more (but still in her fits-and-starts-and-retractions manner), she was ripping herself open. [I'm thinking of the MM, Wire, Boyz, Independent and maybe even Lime Lizard pieces). A person in the public eye, who subjects themselves to that particular ordeal, sometimes (I said sometimes) can gain more than they lose...
    (b:b) cemented into place the deep admiration and/or nearly-painful adoration so many people feel for her. Especially if during this period we were effectively gaining confirmation of what we'd always suspected. (We know what tipped you over the edge into obsessing over the Cocteau Twins...with me it was "one walking-disaster-area knows another one when he sees one")

    BTW: I remember Peace Together but somehow it escaped my notice that she was on the album (well, I never heard "Primitive Painters" until around the turn of the century either).

    OK, so: What did I think of Dolores O'Riordan? At first I liked the Cranberries a lot (preferring the rawer vocals of that early live video to the performances on the first two albums), but I soon tired of the tension between her hopelessly poor lyrics (and occasional bouts of "infantile melodicism") and the "Johnny-Marr-must-be-kicking-himself-that-he-didn't-write-that" musical surroundings. And one powerful song about having to go over the water for a termination doesn't change the fact that right from the start Dolores was a right-wing jerkass...I wasn't exactly gonna love her, was I...

    1. Matt, are there package tours to your alternate reality? Asking for a friend.

      Now, I'm sure this is how you and the fluffy-rainbow otherkin subset of the fandom perceived all this as happening, but it's not what happened in the world everyone else lives in.

      And really, Matt? Taking potshots at a woman who's not even in the ground yet? A woman with a history of serious sexual trauma?

      You're a real fucking treat.

  45. I find it interesting that everyone is wondering about a tear in the dimensions, or rip in the space time continuum, right when so many people are dying from fentynol overdose. Fent meaning rip or tear.

  46. I met her once. It was 1995 and I was at a rave in northern England I look over and there is this gorgeous petite girl standing next to me smiling. I chatted with her for a bit and then we kind of faded apart. Almost like a apparition. Weird.

  47. Maybe the point of doing what the illuminighty clowns playing smarts while looking like mr magoo, is to give something for the rebus solvers that you are. like a cluedo for the inbefilled. jibber jabber its all gibberish to me It might all be true but I care more about playing PC games because im sane like that.