a reply to: yeahright
I reflect on the times. It must have been difficult for young Steve to assimilate all
the conflicting tensions. 1970 was the cusp of decadence as lots of younger sisters and brothers ( I guess the proper term would be young adults) were
then being influenced by
vinyl spinning in older sibling's bedrooms. 1970 was also the year of "Joe", which was critically acclaimed and largely applauded, to the horror of
I remember hearing Steve's music, along with a lot of Gordon Lightfoot, and eventually,
some disco was seeping through the floorboards. After that, all hell broke loose and the vibe changed from bad to worse. I was left with all the non
disco stuff which was left behind when the storm hit. I listened to a bit of it, it had a certain sincerity.
Steven converted to Islam in '77, for the record, which is when Donna Summer was
giving out widespread coke contact highs to anyone who would listen. There's stuff by Bowie that soon followed which was a fairly direct plagiarism,
though expertly masked, of "I Feel Love", and Eno was said to have burst into the studios during a '77 session with a copy of "I Feel Love" and
announcing that this
was what we will be hearing for the next 15 years. You can buy God, indeed. Who knows what would have happened to Hendrix
had he not mysteriously expired. A little modesty was in store for him, having sickened of the clown scene he became enmeshed in, and we all know he
Back to Steve. His contemporaries were professionally going from one bedroom to the next, on skis.
Laurel Canyon was rife with soul swapping, and Zappa stood as the straight gatekeeper who could not hope to salvage every sack of flesh that showed up
with long hair, a guitar, pignose amp, and a soul for rent. How many of them wound with bare feet and limbs sticking out of the shrubs, lifeless,
right in front of their crash pad, once the deal was violated, only God knows. Steven was up against a veritable battalion of amped up cocksmen, from
Mick Jagger to George Harrison, James Taylor and his handymen, Chuck Manson and all things in between. Even Ringo was swinging right off the rails,
man. Steve must have felt like an angel in Satan's Sweet Shoppe.
Looking at Steve's discography, it is clear that he had been aware of his calling early on, again, 1970. The boy with the moon and star on his head
was penning plaintive poems about the existential crisis, the certitude of death, the trappings, and trade offs, of selecting evil, and how to screw a
lot of chicks without using a pocketful of ludes, a crate of Led Zeppelin 8 tracks, winding up in hell, or turning into Peter Frampton over it. One
can hear the eerie, buzzing human honeybee hivemind chorus in Lady D'Arbyville, which reminds one of a call to prayer, or a hornet's nest. His male
dominance God theme seems consistent and I can't help but wonder when, exactly, he visited Morocco, and for the first time, considered music as a
offering, an offering to God.
Throughout 1969 Steve was laid up in a London hospital, with TB. While everyone else practiced free love and soared high, he was tied down with IV
cables and life support gear. This might explain the bittersweet tone his songs frequently emit- he wrote 40 of them while recovering there. There is
no doubt he struggled to tame demons, and urges with which he was properly endowed. Probably this, these urges, led him to Islam, for when put to bed,
at least they get to have (sort-of) normal sex for a few weeks pending defilement, whereas Christians are given dickless bodies to flutter about with
a guy sitting on a cloud somewhere, which must have sounded really gay, back in the day, before "Star Wars", "Cocoon", transgenderism, His 'n Her KY
Jelly, and Viagra came about. Too, in 1976, just before his conversion, when he was experimenting with becoming a Beach Boy, he was aghast to find
himself drowning. As soon as he prayed, the tide turned and swept him ashore. This was also the year he offered Ban Apple Gas - before or after the
miracle is not known. It must have been a hellish decade for him. Trouble...set him free.
edit on 3-7-2017 by TheWhiteKnight because: (no reason given)