[Closed] Our Favourite Music
The Ska generation in Jamaica said they wanted to play American music but they couldn’t play it so they played it the way they could . The Rock Steady generation said they wanted to play ska but couldn’t so they played it the way they could . etc .
Whenever George Clinton or Bootsy Collins mention "the funk" it's basically the same thing as True Will. It's not just about bass guitars and so on....it's about an all encompassing way of life.
Funk not only moves, it can re-move, dig?
The desired effect is what you get
When you improve your Interplanetary Funksmanship. ["P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)", The Mothership Connection, 1975]
[T]hou hast no right but to do thy will.
Do that and no other shall say nay.
For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect. [AL I:42-44]
Clinton's metaphysics were informed by membership in The Process (who certainly drew on AC's work), and repeated psychedelic libation on a truly "heroic" scale, to adopt Terrence McKenna's terminology.
"The funk" is the Tao; so is Will. It is also The Stooges "real O-Mind" ["Down On The Street", Fun House, 1970], for that matter. I said my list was only superficially non-Thelemic- lots of "the 93 current" manifest in those bands. It is The Law, after all.
See, david, George Clinton, and Iggy, are both examples of what is meant by that "the universe is busy with nothing else" A.'. A.'. formulation you are so fond of quoting.
It doesn't mean that the claims of every self-anointed "On-Line Magister Templi" to advanced initiation are to be accepted as legitimate. It means that, independent of formal spiritual training, genuine Masters arise, and are to be recognized as equivalent in their development to those who have achieved initiation through a chartered order. Look at the list of Gnostic Saints for examples identified by AC.
These Masters are recognized by their "fruits"- the artistic or scientific works they create through the service that is the exercise of their mastery, works that advance the spiritual well-being of humanity, and their "gardens"- their disciples or those who are influenced by them, who take their work further, or build on it.
With deep apologies for triple-(!)posting: Iggy's life story is easily recognizable for the shopworn mythic conventions of hagiography familiar from so many "Lives Of The Saints": a youthful life full of promise, misuse of the "Raw Power" ("Raw power, it can destroy a man") he gained through his studies, a time in "Chapel Perilous" (kicking dope in his parents' trailer in Michigan), subsequent redemption (the Bowie-produced solo comeback albums), and a life clearly Under Divine Guidance ever since.
It's like a biography written by Joseph Campbell, or the life of St. Francis of Assisi- fallen golden boy achieves transcendence through abjection? Check! Receives adulation for stripping off all his clothing in public, and wallowing in filth? Check!
Look at the man's eyes, for god's sakes! And can anyone doubt that he has access to Amrita and the Fountain Of Youth? We should all hope to look so good, and dance with such abandon, when we are 71. It would be hard to imagine a worse example of the Inevitable Horrible Consequences Of Drug Abuse.
In a couple generations, he will be dismissed by scholars as an obvious solar myth.
See, david, George Clinton, and Iggy, are both examples of what is meant by that “the universe is busy with nothing else” A.’. A.’. formulation you are so fond of quoting.
Like I didn't always know that Iggy is a demi-god.
He replied to a letter that my friend wrote to him and he signed it off with a pentagram. He probably never read Liber Al as a youngster but e.g. the lyrics for the Raw Power or Funhouse albums e,g, Dirt are almost straight out of chapters 2 and 3; "soul radiation in the dead of night" so on.
The Stooges were a train wreck but a train wreck that had very lasting effects.
I would include (duh) the epic Brian Wilson in that list, possibly the only person ever to freak Iggy out when he met him in the early 70s.
Yes I know some of the best musicians of the 70s were into Scientology or The Process. In this song George recognized the funk that Cassius Clay and King David had;
"is God to live in a dog"?
Actually, i would be pretty surprised if Iggy hadn't read AL, and quite likely MITP and the Confessions; all three were in print at the time and popular with hippies. I don't think Stooges lyrics were probably influenced by that reading, though- Ann Arbor/Detroit were alienating and violent enough in the 60s to need no literary sources for inspiration.
Also, Iggy's time with Bowie in Berlin doing the solo "redemption" albums coincides pretty closely with Bowie's cocaine'n'cabala "Thin White Duke" period, and god knows Bowie knew his Crowley.
I think Iggy might be surprised, and perhaps a bit embarrassed, to know some consider him a Magister Templi, Saint, living demi-god, and possible solar myth. Nonetheless, he has brought forth his "fruits" (his music), and no one can deny the size and breadth of his "garden" (pretty much all hard/heavy rock since 1969):
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. [Matthew 7:16-20]
“Funk was considered to be criminal’s music in the 70s. White stations wouldn’t touch it..that’s what I heard. “
There’s always an OG in the hood makin the laws and running the streets tryin to keep other worlds out and establish what’s legit .
John McLaughlin got a lot from working with Miles Davis, even though it wasn't for long. It changed him musically and philosophically. I believe Extrapolation was recorded around this time.
I think Iggy might be surprised, and perhaps a bit embarrassed, to know some consider him a Magister Templi, Saint, living demi-god, and possible solar myth. Nonetheless, he has brought forth his “fruits” (his music), and no one can deny the size and breadth of his “garden” (pretty much all hard/heavy rock since 1969):
It wasn't "Iggy's music" as such that we're talking about here. The singer is always the main focus. Likewise with George Clinton. They were mainly the singers/lyricists and the ones who encouraged the musicians they had around them. Without James Williamson, Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton and Scott Asheton we basically wouldn't be here discussing Iggy. It wouldn't have happened. In his own words it was a "communal" effort.
A lot of Iggy's solo music after the Stooges is basically not very good however imo he always delivers with his lyrics and song ideas
Bowie and others wrote just about every track on the Lust for Life album.
Look at Manzarek, Krieger and Densemore after Morrison's death. Fuck knows what they did in the 70s but i guess they accepted that without Morrison it wasn't happening. Likewise when Freddie Mercury died.
In no particular order:_
The Cult - She sells Sanctuary
Push - Strange World (2000 remix)
Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing
Hendrix - All along the Watchtower
Simon and Garfunkle - Sound of Silence
Rolling Stones - 2000 light years from home
Mory Kante - Yeke Yeke
Mamas and Papas - California Dreaming
Steppenwolf - Born to Be wild
Electric Prunes - I had too much to Dream Last Night
Julie driscoll - Wheels on Fire
Solarstone vs Scott Bond - 3rd Earth (original mix, remastered)
Hawkwind - In search of space
So many caucasoids (again).
Not that i have anything against white folks (what with being one and all), and i will prove it by posting some music by the melanin-deficient, along with something related by persons of color.
One song about Hassan-I-Sabbah, and two about early man, and the inhibitions caused by civilization, surely topics of interest to AC scholars. The sexual politics displayed by the third song, like those of AC, are dated but of historical interest.
Two more tracks of "racial studies class in some liberal arts college" music. The second one, by calypso artist Louis X (later aka Farrakhan), was a big RAW favorite and is mentioned in Illuminatus!.
Then, a less-polemic cut, a 1973 Philly Soul classic (the teenage ignant used to work out on the high school dance floor to this one): "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" by MFSB ("Mother Father Sister Brother" or "Mother Funking Son [of a] Bitch" depending on whether you believe the press-release or the grapevine). The "Philly sound" is what inspired Bowie's soul period.
Does anyone know the band Celtic Frost? Celtic Frost produced an entire album of songs dedicated to Aleister Crowley. The album was titled "To Mega Therion" and was released in 1988.
I sure do!
I like them but I definitely prefer Triptykon. It is Thomas G Warriors new band with even more occult themes.
The unmistakable voice and everything else. The sound of freedom
.....oh shit here come the Hell's Angels to bring us down.......... or keep us in line or....or is there a difference?..... maybe this is how Gnosticism quickly devolved into the Roman Catholic Church.
Since everyone is kind of spamming this here is my turn I guess.
This song got me through the Army in a lot of ways.
Tiger thanks for the Coltrane
A lot of idiots usually mockingly refer to Bowie's Tin Machine era as a low point. Don't believe the hype it's a good album.
This next album is revolutionary,,, I guess it's "art rock" i.e. contemporary art studio people using music as a tool.
Talking of which, Raymond Pettibon's comic strip art...wow. I heard that Rollins (before the haircut) used to write to Manson
I'm sorry, I don't know how to post a YouTube video here!
... I didn't know!:)
Inspired by the post by thothsape presenting a somewhat unconvincing gematria of Viv Stanshall's name...
First, a musical question very a propos to recent discussions of "racial studies" music....
Then, a cogent commentary on colonialism that anticipates the work of post-colonialist theorists such as Homi K. Bhabha...
Finally, my favorite Bonzos song, though sometimes my favorite is whatever one i listened to last.
Marsha Hunt some sort of early warning radar that the dark elements of the new found Dyonisian fun rampage (of 'the 60s') was about to rear it's head...
As Boyd Rice rightly points out Bobby Sherman's songs had a Mansonesque quality to them. This is a great example;
Let's not forget Godsmack. Sully Erna is a Wiccan and initiated by Laurie Cabot. It's hard not to support a fellow Wiccan brother.
Ive heard that Jimmy Page had owned the Boleskine House as well as some of Crowley's unpublished writings. Does anyone know whether Page still owns these?
Aleah Stanbridge is my favorite lesser known artist of the last decade. For those unfamiliar, she was a spiritually inclined lyricist with a delicate, breathy voice whose songs have a devotional quality. Her demos(Vapour, My Will, Breathe) reminded me of the essence in the work of some mystic poets, including Crowley. She passed away a little over 2 years ago. Looking over her wikipedia page just now reveals she contributed vocals to Coph Nia's Lashtal Lace and that a solo studio album of her work is forthcoming.
One of her earliest from 2006.
Omnimotion - Days of Silence
Released posthumously in 2016. One of her more powerfully sung songs.
Trees of Eternity - Broken Mirror
Overlooked- maybe in the UK? That said, "Dark Star" is my least un-favorite Dead.
We always used to edit the Deadhead graffiti when i was a kid [edits italicized]:
When Those Assholes Are
When i was told "Jerry's dead!", i adapted an old Calvin Coolidge joke and replied "How could they tell?", appalling my interlocutor.
Boston hardcore kids in the 80s called kids with long hair "Jerrys".
Punk kids hated The Dead. Yeah I can understand that but The Dead they hated was probably a projection of neurotic Freudian struggles against their parents. It's a basic mindless ageism. Understandable but still..mindless. I'm only really interested in the 60s to early 70s Dead before 'the dream' was crushed....or was it? I've seen some footage of concerts long after the 60s where Garcia maintained that unmistakable cosmic melodic beauty in his guitar work.
overlooked- maybe in the UK?
No ...in the 'rock media' per se etc.
That said, “Dark Star” is my least un-favorite Dead.
Then you must be crazy.... with all due respect.
Three recent favorite electronic tracks for the Season and the Moon.
Oceanvs Orientalis - La Luna Y El Lobo (Carrot Green Expedition)
The vocalizations(not sure if she's speaking words) by Jocelyn Pook toward the God provokes ideas for salutations. The music and arrangement seem like a development on projects like Enigma and Delirium.
Bedouin & Lum - Dionysus
The sounds of Ceres and Proserpina through the start to the height of Spring.
Max Cooper feat. Braids - Pleasures (Romulus Remix)