The New Fatalism, Part Two

chris-cornellI wrote “The New Fatalism” a couple of weeks ago, noting a “spike” in suicide imagery in popular culture (13 Reasons Why, the Kurt Cobain-themed Father John Misty video “Total Entertainment Forever”) as well as a couple of actual suicides that had recently happened.

Then there is the case of 24-year-old Bruno Borges, who made elaborate “preparations” and then simply vanished (just about to the day of the 20th anniversary of the Heaven’s Gate suicides); there is no evidence Borges killed himself, but there is a similar energy in terms of “disappearing.”

And now Chris Cornell is dead.

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Thoughts on the death of Chris Cornell


NOTE: This post has been updated.

This morning has been strange. My dreams were really strange (including one of me, Charlie Sheen, and Anton LaVey sharing a very small wicker chair), and then I woke up and found out that Chris Cornell from Soundgarden & Audioslave passed on. Felt super-depressed.

This guy just went on tour again, finished a great show, had a wife and kids waiting at home for him, and was theoretically sober. He looked great on stage that last night; healthy, radiant.

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Snoop Dogg Is A “Joker” In Trump-Inspired Music Video


Aggressive clown imagery has been a “thing” for a couple of years now—and if we include Joker imagery, we can roll back the clock on that to at least the late 2000s. So the just-released Snoop Dogg music video for “Lavender,” a remix of a song by BadBadNotGood and Kaytranada, is pretty provocative.

Not only do you have a world almost exclusively populated by clowns—but in one scene, Snoop Dogg aims a gun at a “Donald Trump” clown’s head (it turns out to be a “bang” trick gun—more on that later). The video is now being criticized for the gun scene, but this is not the first video to show such an act—and it’s hardly the most violent.

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An Esoteric Guide To David Bowie


The passing of David Bowie a year ago—more-or-less in conjunction with the release of his album Blackstar (and associated music videos)—seemed to spark off almost more symbol-sleuthing and esoteric interpretations than the “Paul is Dead” phenomenon.

Of course, Paul McCartney never really died in 1966 (and wasn’t replaced by an uncanny double named Billy Shears), and unfortunately it seems as if Bowie (as well as his birth-date-mate Presley) is indeed deceased—but according to the world of conspiracy theory, anything is possible. Continue reading “An Esoteric Guide To David Bowie”

Kurt Cobain Conspiracy Theorist Talks To Two Goth Girls


Are you, like, a news person or something?
–Goth Girl #2

I’m not 100% up-to-date on my Cobain conspiracy lore, but this footage from a Seattle public access TV show is an utterly fascinating slice of the mid-1990s.

Investigator/reporter/public access cable TV host Richard Lee approaches two young Kurt fans dressed in “Goth” attire who are visiting the grounds of the house in which the singer died. Lee immediately “interrogates” the girls on their thoughts regarding Cobain’s death, then points out evidence that he believes proves he was murdered by Courtney Love.

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Playing Those Mind Games: John Lennon And UFOs


“On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a UFO”
—from the liner notes to the John Lennon album “Walls and Bridges”

If all the weirdness involving his “rumored to be replaced” bandmate Paul McCartney wasn’t enough, there was also a less-known bizarre Beatles story regarding John Lennon…involving four alien “bug-men,” a mysterious golden egg, and even 1970s paranormal heartthrob Uri Geller!

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Bald Surf Band “The Pyramids” Perform On Dick Clark


Performing at the height of Beatlemania, surf instrumental band The Pyramids had a quite a neat gimmick—they shaved their heads bald. Perhaps they realized they couldn’t compete with the Fab Four’s shiny, well-conditioned locks. As part of their act, they would sometimes appear on stage wearing Beatles wigs and then start shaking the wigs off mid-act to reveal their hairless heads.

This was pretty bizarre stuff for 1964—on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand no less. But at least it satisfied those grousing about “long-haired weirdos.”

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