Raising hell

June 6, 2006 at 7:09 pm (Uncategorized)



If you listen real close to the "Hotel California" lyrics, you will find that it pays tribute to Antoine Lavey, the man who founded the church of Satan.If you spin parts of "Stairway to Heaven" backwards on your turntable, you will discover odes to his Unholiness trapped within the back masking.

"Sympathy for the Devil," on the other hand, is an open imploration that you give some consideration to the work that Beelzebub does. Evil is a job, after all, and it comes with the same headaches and pressures of selling cars or handling advertising accounts.

devil_omen1.jpgI cannot begin to scratch the surface of the devil's presence in literature in song. He's a feisty, clever lawyer in "The Devil's Advocate." His a tall, mysterious man named Louie Cypher in "Angel Heart." In "The Devil and Daniel Webster," he is what he is, a fiery red demon come to make deals over the human soul. He's possibly the same character you'll meet in Charlie Daniel's ode "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," where he is as evil as ever, but just a little lacking on the fiddle.

In "The Omen," he appears as a small boy. In "The Exorcists," he exists less quietly in body of a teenager girl. In "The Devil in Miss Jones, well…" Puking green soup, casting a spell over baboons, or having sex to a disco bear, the devil raises hell however he appears.

Lucifer is everywhere in the hearts and minds of people who fear wickedness. They throw salt over their left shoulders, dangle a crucifix, or spring their fingers into signs to ward him off. And today's date carries the distinction of involving the same number that, for one reason or another, has been assigned to him.


The mark of the beast is upon the calendar, and whether or not that will spell doom remains to be seen. In the meantime, I open up discussion on all things evil, whether you believe in the Satan of scriptures or you're more inclined to see unholiness in the likes of Adolph Hitler or Ted Bundy.

Me, I like to reflect back on Arthur Miller's classic "The Crucible." In those puritan times, there is no doubt the devil was at work in Salem, Massachusetts. It was the devil of scheming that lived in the hearts of the young girls, and the devil of hysteria that resided in the minds of the God fearing adults of the community.

If you read that book backwards, by the way, absolutely nothing happens.




  1. Gil said,

    Woe to you Oh Earth and Sea
    for the Devil sends the beast with wrath
    because he knows the time is short
    Let him who hath understanding
    reckon the number of the beast
    for it is a human number
    its number is six hundred and sixty six.
    -Iron Maiden, “The Nuber of the Beast”
    and one for K2
    Set out runnin but I take my time
    A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
    If I get home before daylight, I just might get some sleep tonight.
    Grateful Dead, “Friend of the Devil”

    Viggo Mortensen pre-hobbit days as the devil in “The Prophecy”
    “Little Tommy Dagget, Oh how I loved hearing you Say your little prayers as a boy, then you’d JUMP into bed always afraid i was underthere…. AND I WAS :)”
    or even better
    “I can lay your body out and fill your mouth with your mother’s feces… or we can talk. ”
    Always the sweet talker, that Beelzebub

  2. AO said,

    Ahh…The Dead’s “Friend of the Devil”. One of their finest tunes, in my opinion.

  3. Linda said,

    Viggo played the devil? I gotta see that movie!!

  4. jarheaddoc said,

    Linda, check your e-mail

  5. jarheaddoc said,

    The Devil or Satan or whatever the hell you wish to call the supreme anti-deity is just what the goody two shoes call man’s darker side.

    Man is a curious beast by nature and societies create rules to control that curiosity. We wouldn’t have fire if someone hadn’t thought about rubbing two sticks together until they burst into flames. Fire was an evil thing, from the gods in the sky, until man learned how to control it, then it became a tool.

    “The Stranger” by Billy Joel is about a person’s darker side, and he says it isn’t always evil and it isn’t always wrong. Societal mores teach us from an early age to control that dark side, to suppress it, to fear it, when what we should be learning is to respect and understand and even use that dark side. It’s the psychology of fear.

  6. Gil said,

    It was an ok movie, great cast. Viggo, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen, Elias Koteas, Eric Stoltz, Amanda Plummer.
    Pretty cool plot line, angels at war on Earth.

  7. AO said,

    Christopher Walken and, Amanda Plummer have to be two of the most bizzar actors out there. Gawd…I love them.

    On a lighter note. Has anyone ever seen “So I Married an Ax Murderer”? It stars Mike Myers and…Amanda Plummer. I’ve watched it several times. Always makes me laugh. She even pulls off creepy in a comedy.

  8. Linda said,

    Oh thanks Gil, I am definitely in with that movie.

  9. jarheaddoc said,

    Is she the blonde woman that ended up running the cafe on Becker? I thought that was Nancy Travis. I don’t recall much of the movie, frankly.

  10. Linda said,

    This is for you jd. It will have no context at all for the rest of you, sorry about that!


  11. AO said,

    Nancy Travis was in that movie. She played Mike Myers girlfriend. Amanda Plummer played her crazy sister.

    Night all!

  12. Linda said,

    Me too. Bye!

  13. LaFlamme said,

    What? Going to bed? What kind of hell raising is that?
    I ended up chasing minor league madness at the end of the night and couldn’t stop in and play.

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