“just as long as you have love in your heart, you’ll never be alone”
Mother, please forgive me for what I am about to do. Some 40 years ago, in a Hollywood recording studio, Charlie, a disheveled and ill-tempered young man, recorded some demos that teetered on the edge of the extreme. It was during the time period just shortly after Pet Sounds had been released to lackluster sales, a sign that the American audience wasn’t ready for anything out of the ordinary. But what this young artist was working on was avant-garde, psyche folk, quite comparable to the recordings of Devendra Banhart, with a similar, eerie vibrato, vocal styling, as well as guitar strummings that could easily reside under the poorly named freak folk umbrella.
Dennis Wilson, drummer for the Beach Boys, had become acquainted with the young artist who desired to break out into the LA music scene. Dennis had promised Charlie, a talented songwriter with a great voice, the chance for the Beach Boys to record some of his original pieces in return for the sex and drugs that Charlie seemed to have at his beck and call. It was a tense relationship that ended poorly after Dennis had introduced Charlie to record executive Terry Melcher, who, though in agreement of the young songwriters talent, would end up passing on pursuing a project with Charlie.
In the coming months and years, Charlie would be immortalized as the poster boy for the anti-social and psychotic, imprisoned for the heinous and infamous Tate-LaBianca murders. With all the darkness that has revolved around the name Manson in subsequent years, the most disturbing thing is that something so beautiful, and at times uplifting, could escape out of the soul of someone deemed to be absent of one. And yes, though I in no way condone the actions or the murders of Charles Manson, I do have to say that these following songs, off his Lie album, are in the simplest terms, brilliant.
You can all go take a warm shower now. Forgive me.
[mp3] Charles Manson – Look At Your Game Girl
[mp3] Charles Manson – Home Is Where You’re Happy
[mp3] Charles Manson – Cease To Exist
BONUS [mp3] The Beach Boys – Never Learn Not To Love (previously titled Cease To Exist)