8/8/08

The Occult #2: Hall & Oates & Satan


I think no one would be the least bit shocked to hear that Jimmy Page, Jim Morrison, and David Bowie dabbled in the occult. It's when mainstream family-friendly musicians (like Sammy Davis Jr. - see an earlier post) get in on the action that I become intrigued. My personal favorite is Daryl Hall who had this to say in '87:

“Around 1974, I graduated into the occult, and spent a sold six or seven years immersed in the Kabala and the Chaldean, Celtic, and Druidic traditions … I also became fascinated with Aleister Crowley, the nineteenth-century magician who shared these beliefs.” (Penthouse Magazine, March, 1987, pp. 60,62)

Perhaps even stranger, there are entire websites dedicated to exposing Chris De Burgh as a practitioner of the occult. Yeah,, that's right... he's the one that sang "The Lady in Red". Evidently he has a song called "Spanish Train" and some evocative album covers that have people hot and bothered. I don't personally practice the occult (I'm a superstitious wimp who won't go near a Ouija board), and have no beef with anyone that does... but this is hilarious!

Now, apparently it's cool to hit the ol' Kabbalah with Madonna and I personally could care less. But when 80's soft pop artists are reading Crowley, I'm all ears.

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  1. Now, the Spanish train album was when Chris was actually cool - read lady in red so un-cool it breaks the funk-o-meter - but as far as I remember the song had God and the devil playing chess for souls and God winning.

    Perhaps people should be more concerned with Patricia the Stripper (from the same album) a song that revelled in the corruption of the judiciary by a pornographic artist. Or the Painter – a song which revelled in a cuckold killing the wife’s lover.

    Worst of all – as it is the only sadly MOR track on the album – perhaps a review of a spaceman came travelling as it is an endorsement of everything that Eric Von Daniken espoused!

    All songs mentioned from the Spanish Train album

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  2. I recently added a post as well on Daryl Hall's excellent collaboration album with Robert Fripp, recorded during the high point of his Crowley period. The cover is full of Hall doing arcane hand gestures that are supposedly occult in nature, but I not sure what they all mean.

    I put some MP3 samples up but the music is pretty much straight forward rock... a bit off the path from his MTV pop stuff. A hard to find album but I recommend it.

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  3. taliesin - interesting to note that Chris De Burgh was once someone you could label as "cool" - next you'll be telling me Matthew Wilder ("Break My Stride") was cool once upon a time. Seriously though, the more I read about De Burgh's Spanish Train LP, the more I wanted to hear it... and will probably be playing it at my cubicle tomorrow.

    bill- man, I'm disappointed I wasn't the first to blog about Hall's occult phase. I went to the uranium cafe and found that you even one-upped me with two sound clips from the album. Great work as usual... I guess this means you're back from the South China Sea?

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  4. yes I am back. and I am "happy" to beat you to the punch on any rare trivia since you keep it coming day in and day out. My interst in Robert Fripp lead me to this all but unknown album by Hall. It is so cool that he was so corny really (though a great singer and song writer) on the early MTV, but he is all "black magicked" like Jimmy Page and David Bowie in the privacy of his lair.

    I like this old "subtle" Satan types, like Page or Bowie or Hall or even Sammy Davis Jr who did not have to wear their beliefs on their sleeves and even seemed reticient to talk about it all in interviews.

    Yes I am back home an still basking in the blow of my Arte y Pico award you sent me.

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  5. that should be "glow"... not "blow"... I can spell 9sort 0f0 but cannot type

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  6. I actually laughed outloud when I read that Hall dabbled in the occult. I mean the idea is so preposterous...can you just imagine him in floor length black robes holding a knife over a lamb or something? Too hilarious.

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  7. See the evil sign in his right hand, just right in the beginning of the video (INTRO part).

    http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/currentep.html?ep_id=55

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    1. It's sign language for 'love you.'

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  8. Lookit ‘MySoulAccomplishment’ - God only gives bawls to those who see the need for humility. God blessa youse -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL

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  9. This was always my favorite Hall and Oats..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPIRNLRgSTI

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  10. I like your posts but the yellow text is unreadable.

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    1. Sorry - this post was created about eight years ago and I had a black background then. It'd be way too much work to go back and change all the yellow text in all the posts. Apologies.

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