First, just a heads-up that this coming weekend, I hope to be able to share some work by a fantastic artist I just discovered. Not that she hasn't already been discovered by plenty of other people, but you know what I mean. ;-) Anyway, you're going to love all the sexy ladies, Cthulhian monstrosities, altered eyes, and general awesomeness on display; so watch this space.
In the meantime, I thought I'd offer up a little game I've been playing with myself, that some of you might like to try as well. Actually, it's a game Jukebox has played, too - to great effect - in Listen to the Music. It goes like this: Listen to the music on your stereo or mp3 player. No, really listen to it. But as you listen, chunk context out the window. Now see how many mind control references you come up with. Here are a few I've found in my own collection:
"I remember, I remember when I lost my mind/ There was something so pleasant about that place/ Even your emotions have an echo in so much space" --Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy"
"I feel like I've been run over by a truck/ I don't care much about anything/ So give me a ring/ And tell me to wake up and do anything" --Weezer, "Run Over by a Truck"
"There's someone in my head, and it's not me" --Pink Floyd, "Brain Damage"
"Chickety China, the Chinese chicken/ You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin" and "I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve/ I have a history of losing my shirt" --Barenaked Ladies, "One Week"
"If you wanna kiss the sky/ Better learn how to kneel/ On your knees, boy!" --U2, "Mysterious Ways"
"You could have just propped me up on the table like a mannequin/ Or a cardboard stand-up and paint me (paint me)/ Any face that you wanted me/ To be seen." --Ben Folds
"Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head/ In your head/ Zombie, zombie, zombie?" --Cranberries
"Christian's lesson/ Is what he's been sold/ We are normal and self-controlled/ Remember to learn to forget/ Whiskey shots and cheap cigarettes" --Green Day, "Before the Lobotomy"
And isn't that last song title a perfect MC reference all by itself? So it's a lovely place to end this post. ;-)