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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Blackstar, one eye

Pt.1 - How I missed Bowie

I remember seeing the Heroes video on telly and finding the music interesting, if the visuals a bit underwhelming. Then there was the Ashes to Ashes, which blew me away and which was oddly played a bit on Simon Townsend's Wonderworld (as was OMD's Souvenir) and this was a revelation. Back then, I was too young to buy records and was exposed to what my elder siblings brought home (Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream on one side and Sherbert and Abba on the other), what was on Countdown and Sounds Unlimited and 3XY.

However, I was aware of Bowie through of several his singles that charted in Australia, but the only Bowie recording in our home was a copy of the Heroes LP that was rarely played. When I did play it, I only found the title track and the ambient Moss Garden attractive.

By the time that I was buying my own vinyl (Laurie Anderson's Big Science in 1982), Bowie had moved on to his most overtly commercial and pop era, which didn't catch my imagination. I only became aware of Bowie again when he covered I Know It's Gunna To Happen Some Day, so I listened to Black Tie, White Noise and wasn't impressed.

Only when he died and there was an outpouring of grief from all and sundry, highlighting his Morrissey-like importance to people's lives, did it occur to me that I was wrong in thinking that he was overrated. Of course, Bowie meant a lot to Morrissey, beginning 1972 when he heard Starman. 

David Bowie sings Starman with future Your Arsenal producer, Mick Ronson.
Autobiography pic from @TheRatsBack.
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Pt.2 Does joining the dots expose reality?

Those who cannot accept that Morrissey was behind the MW phenomenon can no longer deny that he supports wild  conspiracy theories. The TTY post Monarchy is Anarchy features videos that outline a global Satanist conspiracy, featuring a rogues gallery of rulers including the British monarchy. The List of the Lost references similar themes.

Note what Morrissey says about Bowie in Autobiography: "... a sanity heralding a coming of consciousness... David Bowie is detached from everything, yet open to everything..."

This issue of consciousness is essential to an understanding of certain conspiratorial world views. Morrissey fan and friend, Russell Brand, has interviewed Davic Icke about these kind of things.

Like any good conspiracy theorist, let's play a game of joining the dots.
  • Russell Brand is a friend of Morrissey and has interviewed David Icke in a supportive role more than once (even note the Bush = pedophile reference above, which is akin to a subplot in List of the Lost)

    Mr Icke has also been known to bat with the Rat:
  • David Icke praises some of Morrissey's statements on his website, so he's obviously aware of Morrissey and, since they clearly believe similar things, probably vice versa
  • Russell Brand was married to Katie Perry, who uses the Eye of Horus, owls and other occult imagery in her visual iconography. They have clearly met.

  • Morrissey publicly references these gestures, including the OK, eye owls and the Eye of Horus:

  • The Eye of Horus, seen recently on  TTY:
    • Morrissey's owl eyes was itself a MW reference, where he noted the prevalence of similar gestures among pop stars. These gestures, which take various forms, are related to supposed Illumiaty symbols, including the Eye of Horus, the Minerval Owl, the Hidden Eye (or Illuminati One-Eyed salute) and the Third Eye. Conspiracy nuts have suggested that they are an in-plain-sight, sheeple-mocking reference to the supposed MKUltra Monarch mind control program, which apparently involves pop music stars creating alter-egos - from Ozzzy Osborne to Celine Dion, Tom Jones to The Biebsta! 

    Even Rat's friend, Boy George!
    Kisteeen Young (who worked with Bowie and Morrissey) with Eye of Horus make-up.

  • So, we now come back to David Bowie. Bowie was the master of alter-egos; Ziggy, Aladdin Sane, the Tin White Duke and, of late, Lazarus. Bowie was interested in the occult (especially during his cocaine  years). With his provocative spaced-out lyrics and iconic visuals, Bowie has been implicated in numerous occult, Satanic and Illuminaty conspiracies (some of he latest are here). He' just the kind of character to open up a fan like Morrissey to the possibilities of other ways and meanings (along with other Morrissey idols such as Jean Cocteau).

    Of course, Bowie and Morrissey have met, touring together and singing Cosmic Dancer, so Morrissey has had the opportunity to discuss such matters with him. However, their relationship had broken down, leading to a failure to pen an obituary on TTY (no matter how many times we've refreshed the News page since Bowie's death). 

    • But don't listen to me rattling on with nonsense and links, here's the truth about David "Starman" Bowie from someone who knows:


    1. First of I want to thank you so much for blogging! It's wonderful to see some action on here and it's so appreciated!
      Very interesting and very well-researched piece. I haven't had a chance to check out the videos yet (I shall) but I share a similar regret perhaps about not being as into Bowie as I should have been. I've always loved a few of his songs since I was a teenager, and have his greatest hits album, but I wish I'd delved deeper into his personality and catalogue after seeing this outpouring of grief from his fans, and learning about what a fascinating figure he is.
      You're quite right about all of Bowie's alter-egos. I hadn't sat down and thought about it but as you've pointed out - there were many. I also find it interesting that Moz played the Hammersmith Apollo in London w/ its Ziggy Stardust connection

    2. Thank you Comrade. This is a great peice of writing that is well researched, and really well written so as to explain, to simpletons like me, the relevance to Bowie's possible impact on Morrissey and MW.

      Like yourself and Marianne my Bowie appreciation was limited. Mainly as I missed the Ziggy phenomenon (by not being born). But my exposure as a child was probably a lot greater than you guys as both my Mother and Step Father where both massive Bowie fans, with my Mother probably appreciating Bowie as much I do Morrissey.
      Since me and my Mother's relationship had broken down since last May this is the only peice that I have read regarding the Bowie and Morrissey broken relationship that makes me think I ought to swallow my pride and maybe stop avoiding her like the plague. As one day it could be too late. But then I do have reasons and sometimes the distance doesn't change anything in the past, but changes the future for the better for you. Stick to your guns? Who knows.

      As with the silence on TTY. I guess we all realised it would be a very hard peice of writing for Old Mozza. He'd receive no praise for his honesty and as per usual, everything would be took out of context and slated. With the likes of the twitter and soLow trolls having a field day with their negativity a the back of this. Old Mozza probably thought the stick he'd get from silence woukd be far less than the uproar he'd unwillingly and unintentionally cause by publishing a obituary.

    3. That's not to say he hasn't written anything. My guess is he's written non-stop since this. I dearly hope we get to see this work in song form, or any form.

      1. He's may have already written it, as You Were Good In Your Time.

        TI was just going to link to Ambitious Outsider's video for it, when I was greeted with ab image I hadn't seen before. See if it looks relevant, though:

      2. Apparently a hidden eye photo by Jake Walters. Goes back to at least 2008

    4. All been quiet for ages, then we get a fantastic blob from Comrade and a TTY post with a sign to the DDD!
      This being the Dirty Half Dozen, or the DHD for short?
      So we are the DDD and the Moz band being the DHD. Glad that is cleared up!!!

      1. My 'OO's lit up when I saw it. It deserves a blob but yours is so well written it needs to stay front page so I've hijacked the comments section. I hope you don't mind.

      2. I do like the DHD :) No doubt just a coincidence that I happened to recently mention the Dirty Dozen on FTM in regards to Trini Lopez:

      3. If we have another schism, the splitters could call themselves the DHD.

    5. Thanks for blogging, Comrade. I'm so glad you explored this side of Bowie - I've been wanting to write about this myself, but you saved me the trouble!

    6. Thank you for your interesting posting Comrade Harps, you always
      have an unique slant on things.
      I wasn't really a Bowie fan although there are many of his songs
      that I enjoy and he kept evolving and changing his style of music.
      I recognise his great contribution to the world of music.

      It is good to see that this blog is ' alive ' again.
      And also to see that Moz is out on tour in April, though far
      from the UK.
      I am happy to continue to be one of the DDD.

      Lizzycat ( minus password )