Friday, November 18, 2011
"I can hear the hum."
Flashback...! (Is it Chris Karrer's voice or Lothar Meid saying that?)
As I said in the previous entry, a lot of straight looking people were dropping acid courtesy of the medical profession during the early Sixties. They didn't look like the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers or Syd Barrett's Madcap yet. A book could be written about the slick Vaseline hair groomed Madison Avenue types who were Madder than they appeared. The ties hadn't come off to be replaced by Nehru jackets and love beads. Wait a while kittens. Sammy Davis Jr. will be the first Rat Packer to change his wardrobe.
1968 and it's like the Pep Boys meets your high school gym coach: "Turn on, tune up and drop for ten!"
This seems like an ongoing series in the psychedelic experience. Southern California and this NEW STUFF is floating around Orange County. Tab acid. Made in someone's tub in Huntington Beach. Orange Wedge. What the...? "Cut with strychnine." "Too much Speed." Double What the? Kilo What the? Kids in Pomona and Covina weren't as Experienced yet. They were taking mini-whites with Old English 800 and heading to the drive-in. Spirits of the Dead with Terence Stamp and Jane Fonda, or Two Gentlemen Sharing with Judy Geeson. Always movies from American International.
So let us slow down and ponder this awakening to the new colour vibe. This better living through chemistry? Cube, tab, pyramid, blotter. Liquid or Salvo, like you used to put in your washing machine? Being an innocent bystander, I never saw most of this. Tab may have been in the fridge. And there were Pyramids on the wall. But cubes and blotter, never.
If I HAD been like Doctor Hoffman, hypo-thetically speaking of course. AND ONE FELT COMPELLED to consult with the ly-surgeons, it would seem ESSENTIAL to have the PERFECT environment to conduct such experiments into higher consciousness.
These could include:
a) an all-nighter before going in for your military draft physical.
b) driving on a freeway in Anaheim, seeing an orange glow in the fog, initially thinking it's a fire, calmly reassuring yourself that it's only the light from the neon sign, only to drive by and see a residential home on fire, being first on the scene 'cause it's after 3 AM.
c) in bed, pillows, curtains, candles, incense, naked girlfriend, feeling you died and this must be heaven.
d) in bed, pillows, curtains, candles, incense, naked girlfriend, seeing orange glow outside window, thinking it's only the light from neon sign, realizing there IS NO neon sign outside, seeing van on fire in driveway.
e) watching appropriately spiritual/sensitive movie in Hollywood like Raw Meat with Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee dealing with tormented survivor zombies in London Tube.
f) listening to cool imported space music on Sunday night/Monday morning radio.
g) actually playing cool imported space music on Sunday night/Monday morning radio.
Epilogue that is really a prologue:
In retrospect, Mercury in Libra kicking in folks, I think my generation could be considered quite insane to have experimented with something born of the straight world, controlled by the military, created in effect to control human behaviour. What were we thinking? At the beginning, much less than would be acquired. We were reacting, much more. Reacting against the social controls. Breaking the bonds FELT GOOD. It DID feel good. "What's so bad about feeling good?" The question for me is, did we take those feelings and transform them into collective freedoms? Overall, I think not. I think at least 80 per cent of us can still identify with those wire implanted mice, questioning whether they want to cross the electrified grill and hit that switch to give them the brain pain reliever. The other 20 per cent own stock in the electric company.
Memories of an orange wedge that came from Orange County which later became an orange glow, from the orange glass that held the candle, while playing Wendy Carlos A Clockwork Orange or Pink Floyd Apples and Oranges.
I hate the electric company, but orange you glad that the power's still on?