Monday, 13 August 2012

The Who Sell Out - London Olympics Closing Ceremony

 The London 2012 Olympics have come to a close with what the media dubbed “the greatest party in the world”. Watching the proceedings was an uncomfortable experience for me and gave me the unfortunate opportunity to address a few concerns I’ve had of late about my own life. But I will come to that in due course.

 Much as I’d come to expect, the Closing Ceremony was yet more ritual of subtle (maybe not so for some) imagery and mass perceptual manipulation. From the moment Timothy Spall appeared as Churchill reciting The Tempest, surrounding by a landscape covered in newspaper style slogans and literary references (including one reading “A Martian sends a postcard”!), it was this would be more of the same trite that was unleashed on the population two weeks ago.

 The ceremony lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous: a shedload of all-seeing eyes, checkerboard patterns, butterflies, images of crying athletes, bowler hats adorned with light bulbs, fashion models bedecked in gold, silver and the odd Egyptian headdress, Monarch numpty Russell Brand, Annie Lennox looking like a zombie –surrounded by black and red, atop a flaming sail boat from the River Styx, a giant white pyramid (constructed from 303 boxes – to represent the 303 Olympic events, apparently!), the band Muse getting all demonic, and a huge luminescent octopus with its 8 sucker tentacles spread across the union jack! The only bright spark in all this was Eric Idle’s rendition of “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.

 The Queen was, unusually, absent – perhaps she’d used up all the expressions from her scorn face, first witnessed during the Opening Ceremony. An announcer bleated on, at one point, about “these days (of) the cult of instant celebrity status” and Bored Coe received a deafening seal-clap from the stadium crowd when he extolled the success of “the people who stood guard to keep us safe” during The Games. Yeah right…

 I had heard the rumour that The Who would perform and really hoped that it was just a rumour. However, by the end, it became apparent that the rumour was true. It is bad enough that these performers (The Closing Ceremony was built around live music) agree to take part in such tub-thumping, mass distractions… although I perhaps expected more of The Who.

 Watching Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend beneath a giant flaming Masonic Phoenix (ritualistically born from the ashes of the extinguished “Olympic Cauldron”) really did unsettle me and bring home certain truths about the damning nature of the music industry. When Townsend penned the songs from “Tommy” (of which “See Me Feel Me” / “Listening To You” were performed at The Closing Ceremony), he was addressing many issues such as child - based isolation and trauma and (most importantly) the cult of personality / mass, blind followings.

It was insulting to see how these songs became an anthem supporting the very subject they had once condemned, when played in The Ceremony. The phrase “sell out” could easily be applied to the changes made to the lyrics of Baba O’Riley in the performance. For the occasion, Daltrey sang: “Don’t cry. JUST raise your eyes. THERE’S MORE THAN teenage wasteland.” As the final act of the show, I couldn’t escape the feeling that they were effectively the final ingredient in the casting of a large scale, ritualistic spell.

 I suppose this is ultimately the true nature of much of the entertainment “mass distraction” industry. As a musician who makes a fair amount of his financial “bread and butter” from the trade, I am aware of the potential trap inherent in the field. I have often walked a fine line between a passion for performing / doing the right thing, and “selling out” to some degree. I sometimes find this disturbing and there are times when I truly want to get out of the game altogether. Thankfully, my association is low to moderate level (and unlikely to ever change, given my age and convictions!), yet it doesn’t change the fact that I am worryingly a very minor part of this “distraction trade”.

 Worse still, as my regular readers will know, I was (until recently) front man of a quite successful tribute band to The Who. My first reaction to The Who’s involvement in the event was one a hypocrite. I literally felt like I had been “fooled again”! This initiated a “long night of the soul”, where I contemplated many aspects of my life and just how little I had perhaps “awakened”. I discussed this the following morning with a musical friend who (maybe a little unfairly) said that all musicians are ultimately “sell outs”. She did, however, sensibly remind me that I have a knack of taking these matters a little too seriously sometimes. I initially felt that by being even remotely dismissive and brushing such things under the carpet, totally undermines any efforts made on the part of those waking up to the reality of the world.

 Eventually, I got things into perspective, lightened up and realised that I had been a little hard on myself… especially when she reminded me that, as a musician, there are things I can do to redress the balance. So watch this space in that regard…

 Did The Who “sell out” in time for The London Closing Ceremony? Maybe they did such a thing long before… who can say. I will certainly be eyeing them with a little more caution from now on though. I am not naïve to the reality of the music biz, but it is unfair to tar all musicians with the same brush. There are many artists who have always maintained their integrity and avoided any “serious” level of “sell out” – a good example would be Bob Marley. This is not me making excuses for the profession… but it is in some cases true.

 I realise I have been absent from posting articles recently. Ironically, this has been caused by a heavy musical workload! I do have some projects close to completion that will hopefully mark the beginning of my using music in a more positive light. I will post this material fairly shortly. For now though: stay well and sane, be happy and try not to let the ball get too far out of sight!

Until next time.
The Truth Seeker’s Guide.


London Olympics 2012 - Related Articles:

Part 1: "The Culture of Fear" -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/london-2012-part-1-culture-of-fear.html
Part 2: “Zion, Messiahs, Plagues… Oh My!” -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/london-2012-part-2-zion-messiahs.html
Part 3: "Close Encounters of the Olympic Kind" -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/london-2012-part-3-close-encounters-of.html
Part 4: "Shadows and Symbols" -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/london-2012-part-4-shadows-and-symbols.html
Part 5: “London Calling” -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/london-2012-part-5-london-calling.html
Part 6: "And Finally... Some Mind Games!" -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/london-2012-part-6-and-finally-some.html

The Opening Ceremony of The London Olympics 2012 -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/the-opening-ceremony-of-london-olympics.html

The Who Sell Out - London Olympics Closing Ceremony -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-who-sell-out-london-olympics.html

The Paralympic Games, Saturn Worship and Other Oddities -
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-paralympics-saturn-worship-and.html
See also:
Science Fiction and the Hidden Global Agenda:
http://thetruthseekersguide.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/science-fiction-and-hidden-global-agenda.html

11 comments:

Andrew Johnson said...

Thanks Carl for this excellent summary. For myself, I was only listening to the closing ceremony from the next room. I heard the instantly recognizable Who anthems (and several others) and felt that at least some of the messages in that music was being hijacked as it was mixed in with the obvious occult symbology. Perhaps many other musicians are unaware of the occult meaning and just regard it as "stylish" or "sophisticated" or whatever. But it gave me the creeps just hearing it and knowing what was being paraded around the same time.

captron52 said...

Im really looking forward to hearing some of your musical works in the future Carl. I love music! Without it this life would be surely much more mundane and crappy!The best to you and yours now and always

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste brother, Amanda and I watched the entire spectacle. We sighed with relief when we realised how many great British musicians refused to perform.

Although your beloved The Who disgraced themselves, to which I feel your pain, it was remarkable who did not show. After all, look at the list of losers who they had to drum up for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Once the shock settles in, I think you will send out three pips to the many great artists who must have said "piss off wanker!".

In Lak'ech, brother Carl, live with music prosper in love...

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

Cheers Andrew.
I think you've hit the nail on the head. Many musicians have no insight into the symbology / hidden meanings in music and the associated imagery - as you say, they just think it adds to the whole effect. There are a fair few who do though. It would be worth trying to weed them out for public exposure.
I do try to inform as many fellow musicians as I can but it's a bit like firing a gun as a train goes past... they don't seem to hear it!
Thanks for the support and all the best.
Carl (The 'Guide)

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

Many thanks Cap.
It's pretty close to ready, so I hope you enjoy it when I post.
All the best to you and yours.
Carl (The 'Guide)

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

Many thanks Chris.
I was very pissed off with The Who for taking part and allowing the messages of their music to be hijacked in such a way.
I was very relieved that Kate Bush decided not to perform and I believe that Bowie shunned it altogether, so there is hope after all!
As you say, a lot of great artists decided against it. Maybe they are a little more aware than I initially thought. For that, they definitely need to be credited.
Cheers for all your support and all the best to you and Amanda.
Carl (The 'Guide)

13 Muluc said...

That was very sad about The Who. When I saw they were playing, I said to Chris, "Who's Renown would've told the Olympics organisers to piss off." In their defense though, it didn't seem like their hearts were in it. Same with Eric Idle. I suspect blackmail; they had to get somebody worth having, right?

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

Many thanks Amanda.
I'm sure you're right.
I think (in their own twisted minds), having at least a few high profile acts kind of validates the whole ritual.
Thankfully a lot of people have seen right through the charade.
Several "non-truthers" that I know, were really scratching their heads at it and thought it all very bizarre.
So I suppose there is hope after all!
All the best.
Carl (The 'Guide)

DarkStar888 said...

Hello Carl. Another Great Post. I 'll add some of the Symbolism to it here in comments.

# 8 is the Number of "CONTROL", hence the "8" Tentacles of the Octopus.

"Sikh Temple Shooting – August 5, 2012 – Oak Creek Wisconsin, a 40 year ex-military vet, shot and killed 6 people attending the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin. A suburb of Milwaukee. His name was "WADE MICHAEL PAGE".

WADE = as in walking in WATER.
MICHAEL = MY CULL.
PAGE = PAY, as in Sacrifice.

Michael Page (age 40) managed a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head after being shot in the stomach by a responding police officer.

The number 40 suggest the FLOOD of NOAH.

This shooter used to repair HAWK Missile Systems in the military.

The HAWK is a symbol of ZEUS, as well as a prominent symbol in ancient Egyptian mythology.
ZEUS = SUEZ a WATER PASSAGE WAY in EGYPT separating the African continent from the Middle East.

Michael Page the became a PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS SPECIALIST, or a ‘Hearts and Minds’ manipulative specialist. A PROPAGANDA, FALSE FLAG, EMOTION TWISTING specialist. Completely unaware that he himself, was being manipulated into extreme White Supremacist / Nazi views.

It should also be noted that the initials of the Milwaukee shooter has the name and initials relating to Water, the Mother and the Prince. In other words, initials relating to the FLOOD, the Mother MARY, the SEA, and the Prince, or SON, the LION KING, the Land of Sacrifice.

These initials and subliminal are also present in the name and activity related to MICHAEL PHELPS.

Michael Phelps just ended his Olympic career with 22 Olympic medals, the most of any Olympic athlete ever. 18 of these medals were gold.

The number 22 = 2 x 11 and refers to the MARRIOTT HOTEL and CALIFORNIA.

The number 18 = 2 x 9.
The activity was SWIMMING in the WATER.

The subliminal, a 9-11 related to the WATER.

The Pacific Ocean is 9,000 miles high and 11,000 miles wide.

Michael Phelps was born in Towson MARYLAND. Just on the northern edge of WASHINGTON DC.
He is 27 years old = 3x3x3. The perfect CUBE/CROSS.

He won an unprecedented 8 GOLD MEDALS in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which was ripe with the number 8 symbolism.

Michael Phelps weighs 88 KG.

MICHAEL PHELPS = MY CULL Prince-HELPS."

DarkStar888 said...

Hello Carl. Another Great Post. I 'll add some of the Symbolism to it here in comments.

# 8 is the Number of "CONTROL", hence the "8" Tentacles of the Octopus.

"Sikh Temple Shooting – August 5, 2012 – Oak Creek Wisconsin, a 40 year ex-military vet, shot and killed 6 people attending the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin. A suburb of Milwaukee. His name was "WADE MICHAEL PAGE".

WADE = as in walking in WATER.
MICHAEL = MY CULL.
PAGE = PAY, as in Sacrifice.

Michael Page (age 40) managed a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head after being shot in the stomach by a responding police officer.

The number 40 suggest the FLOOD of NOAH.

This shooter used to repair HAWK Missile Systems in the military.

The HAWK is a symbol of ZEUS, as well as a prominent symbol in ancient Egyptian mythology.
ZEUS = SUEZ a WATER PASSAGE WAY in EGYPT separating the African continent from the Middle East.

Michael Page the became a PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS SPECIALIST, or a ‘Hearts and Minds’ manipulative specialist. A PROPAGANDA, FALSE FLAG, EMOTION TWISTING specialist. Completely unaware that he himself, was being manipulated into extreme White Supremacist / Nazi views.

It should also be noted that the initials of the Milwaukee shooter has the name and initials relating to Water, the Mother and the Prince. In other words, initials relating to the FLOOD, the Mother MARY, the SEA, and the Prince, or SON, the LION KING, the Land of Sacrifice.

These initials and subliminal are also present in the name and activity related to MICHAEL PHELPS.

Michael Phelps just ended his Olympic career with 22 Olympic medals, the most of any Olympic athlete ever. 18 of these medals were gold.

The number 22 = 2 x 11 and refers to the MARRIOTT HOTEL and CALIFORNIA.

The number 18 = 2 x 9.
The activity was SWIMMING in the WATER.

The subliminal, a 9-11 related to the WATER.

The Pacific Ocean is 9,000 miles high and 11,000 miles wide.

Michael Phelps was born in Towson MARYLAND. Just on the northern edge of WASHINGTON DC.
He is 27 years old = 3x3x3. The perfect CUBE/CROSS.

He won an unprecedented 8 GOLD MEDALS in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which was ripe with the number 8 symbolism.

Michael Phelps weighs 88 KG.

MICHAEL PHELPS = MY CULL Prince-HELPS."

The Truth Seeker's Guide said...

Cheers DKS888.
I always value your keen insight into symbology and numerological significances. It certainly gives us more to think about.
All the best,
Carl (The 'Guide)