The Commercial

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Here’s the commercial for Scientology that ran during the Super Bowl.  I find it really odd that a church feels it needs a commercial, and feels that it needs one so badly that it runs one during the Commercial Olympics.  Yes, it might need an image scrub or a facelift, but there’s nothing new and improved about Scientology.  Notice the commercial never states “now with less litigation” or “75% less science fiction” anywhere.  Same old stuff.

I should be, by all accounts, the last person in the universe to tell someone how to take a spiritual journey.  The churches are the things I find untrustworthy; I’m fine with whatever religion you choose to get you closer to peace.  Still Scientology, for whatever reason, is the last religion I tend to give breaks to.  Scientology needs a spokesperson, not a commercial.  Scientology needs someone I can easily give a break to.  Scientology needs a hero.

Beck Hansen, please step forward. Continue reading “The Commercial”

The First Cut: Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.

1. It was impossible to to imagine Debbie Carney as a fan of The Monkees.  She was too cool.

So cool that she ran home from school as fast as she could just to catch the last half-hour of Dark Shadows.  So odd that she drank iced pickle juice at the movie theater when she went to watch horror/sci-fi double features.  So against the grain that in the not-so-secretly racist 1950’s Tulsa, she did her best to befriend the neighborhood black kid, something most white girls simply would not do.  Her musical tastes included poor role models like Janis Joplin.  She was totally cool.  And, as “fake” as I thought they were, she loved The Monkees.  A lot. Continue reading “The First Cut: Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.”

Two Albums By Crazies

1) True Love Cast Out All Evil, by Roky Erickson

Sometimes you are crazy and nobody knows it.  Roky Erickson did enough LSD as a member of The 13th Floor Elevators that the transition to full-blown schizophrenia was missed by most or passed over as “freak” behavoir.  It took Erickson’s documented onstage breakdown, slobber and jibberish and all, to convince his peers that he was more than high.  This theme of high-not-crazy continued when, after being sentanced to ten years of prison for the posession of a single joint, Roky pleaded insanity and landed himself in state-run mental institution.  It took the intervention of his brother in 2001 to successfully get Roky proper help and social, financial, and professional stability.  From the sixties to the present day, regardless of his status and stability, Roky made music with bands, made solo works, and was the subject of various musical tributes.

But, history and context non withstanding, what do you think “crazy” music sounds like?  The most prominent barometers are Syd Barrett and Wesley Willis, the former making disjointed music on The Madcap Laughs that had to be “sanely” produced by Roger Waters and weirded up by The Soft Machine, the latter making boringly simple music that is recorded with an exploitative feel that brings on an unease every time I hear one of his songs(it is not lost on me that white-trash Okies that I knew loved Wesley Willis almost as much as they loved Kid Rock, who is “The R Word” in the colloquial sense).  These albums fall in line with the stigma of people who suffer mental or emotional problems: an aural record of instability or medicated dulling. Continue reading “Two Albums By Crazies”