Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Forgive me for this post

“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 MansonLook At Your Game Girl
[mp3] Charles MansonHome Is Where You’re Happy
[mp3] Charles MansonCease To Exist
BONUS [mp3] The Beach BoysNever Learn Not To Love (previously titled Cease To Exist)


Anonymous Dario said...

Lie is in fact a brilliant album, and Look at your game girl is probable its best song, an awesome, incredible song. And no way its worth listening because it's the "charles manson album", no, it's a worth listening album, period.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I listen to the wonderful music coming out of my speakers it is hard not to think of the one who sings them; but the beauty cannot be denied.
A man with such heartfelt talent...despite the evil things man does, they are still human beings...and that good that he once knew still remains in the music...like one must admit when something is evil, one must also admit when something is good...and that music is good, the bad things connected with the person who made it cannot defile that.

3:37 PM  
Blogger BWH999 said...

I think you both have great points, and I think that The_King does a great job of approaching the music from both angles.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous db said...

i scared of listening to those songs..

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand how you could be afraid but they are all really great songs. I played them for my mom before she knew who it was and she really liked them. Listen to the songs outside of the context of Manson and I am sure you will fall in love with them.

11:15 PM  

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