It’s Too Late

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It’s too late to be grateful
It’s too late to be late again
It’s too late to be hateful

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HBO’s Bowie Documentary Ignores Reality

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I watched the David Bowie documentary recently released on HBO GO, “The Last Five Years.”  Like nearly everything else on HBO, it was mostly liberal propaganda with little insight.  It claimed to be about the last few years of Bowie’s life with flashbacks to earlier points in his career but it completely ignored the most important period and manufactured several fictions.

Bowie’s final album “Blackstar,” whose title track alludes to the Nordic village of Ørmen, has its closest thematic and musical similarities to “Station to Station,” which Bowie released during his prophetic period as the Thin White Duke.  The documentary makes no mention of “Station to Station” or the Thin White Duke period.  Instead it focuses on the supposed gun control message of “Valentine’s Day” which makes no policy prescription for mass shootings,  and claims, without evidence, that “Lazarus,” arguably the best track from “Blackstar” and the title of Bowie’s successful musical, has something to do with Jewish open borders poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote the words regrettably attached to the Statue of Liberty.  Truth is far more interesting than these delusions, but for HBO, it is useless if it cannot be used to spread an anti-gun, pro-amnesty agenda.

If you are reading this, you are probably thinking about watching the documentary to learn something about Bowie, or, like me, you are upset about the documentary’s failings.  In either case, IPR-X can provide you with some of the useful, insightful information you seek.  Let’s look at the relevant connections to the end of Bowie’s life and more importantly, what happened after he died.

  • It is speculated, “Lazarus” (or at least a part of the song) was influenced by an IPR post from Lazarus Mudd in 2014, which depicted New York City as a Sodom and Gomorrah awash with money, greed, and vice.  The presence of the Republican Party in Trump Tower culminates with freedom and a rising of the spirit in the manner of Lazarus of Bethany.
  • “Blackstar” hearkening to “Station to Station” reflects the political climate around the release in January 2016.  Examination of “Station to Station” shows a prophetic connection to Donald Trump and his rise to the US presidency.
  • In fact, a performance of “Station to Station” itself was prominent at the 2016 Republican National Convention.  As a fan of Bowie, President Trump likely appreciates the vision of the Thin White Duke.
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Richard Spencer Taps Group as “Official” Alt-Right Band

In an interview yesterday, before he was so rudely removed from CPAC, AltRight.com founder Richard Spencer playfully pegged Depeche Mode as the “official band”of the Alt-Right.

In a later Tweet, Spencer clarified he was only joking but identified himself as a fan of the band.

In the comments for the AltRight.com article covering the story, readers described Depeche Mode’s latest single as “pandering to SJWs” but provide much acclaim for the band’s 1990 release “Violator”.

Here it is:

So what do you think?

Personally, I see David Bowie, particularly his “Thin White Duke” persona, as more representative of Alt-Right culture. AltRight.com, for the most part, seems to agree, having published an article last month recognizing Bowie as such. However, that’s not to take away from Depeche Mode in any fashion. There’s no contradiction in any way.  Apparently Bowie was a big influence on Depeche Mode.

 

Joy Villa’s Bowie Connection

Joy Villa, the recording artist who wore the “Make America Great Again” dress to the Grammy Awards in honor of President Donald Trump last week, made such an impact with the public that for most of last week her 2014 EP “I Make the Static” was the #1 album for sales on iTunes and Amazon.  Concerning the reception she received, Joy told Breitbart:

Honestly, I did get some hate. I got some dirty looks. I got a guy who said, ‘I would like to step on it.’ You know. I got the negativity. But they didn’t come up to me and say anything except for that one person. The people who poured their heart and soul and actually came up to me and took photos with me and said I just wanted to tell you I love you. I love your dress. I love what you’re doing. Those were the overwhelming majority that day. Even at the Grammys.

Curiously, more digging about Joy uncovers a connection to the late great David Bowie, the Thin White Duke, whom we at IPR-X previously connected to Trump’s rise.  Joy is married to Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard.  On his website, we find a multitude of articles featuring his photography, including some photos of Joy.  One article from February of last year titled “Remembering David Bowie” discusses the impact Bowie had on both Overgaard and Joy. Overgaard writes:

Joy and I happen to have had Ziggy Stardust as the soundtrack to our romance the first 6-9 months of our time together. When traveling from New York through Canada, Europe and to Asia we had it on repeat.

Apart from that period, Bowie haven’t filled our thoughts much of the time.

But when he died, you realize what you lost.

The article also shows Joy’s personal tribute to Bowie.  Just like her tribute to President Trump, Joy honored Bowie through a dress.  After last year’s Grammys, Overgaard and Joy visited Garbage Gone Glam where they created a dress on Joy’s body made up of Bowie album covers.

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Garbage Gone Glam’s Kristen Alyce creates the dress on Joy’s body

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Workshop photo by Mark Tenally

 

 

Joy Villa Wins the Night

Joy Villa rocked the Grammy Awards with a dress paying homage to President Donald Trump and the Make America Great Again movement.

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Joy is a mulatto singer-songwriter known for wearing interesting dresses.  Last year she wore an orange fishnet.

The designer of the dress is a Filipino immigrant named Andre Soriano.  He told the Hollywood Reporter:

We all live on this planet. I’ve never been in the political arena. However, it’s just so crazy that people are getting beat up because they voted for Trump, or this and that, someone wants to bomb the White House. I am an American, I moved here from the Philippines, and I highly believed in the trueness of what this country can bring. It’s about bringing people together, that’s the message.

Even though Joy did not win any Grammys, the most of which (5) went to the late great David Bowie, Joy certainly won the night with her courageous dress in such hostile territory.

Music Monday: Lazarus

On September 19, 2014, I wrote the following on IPR:

New York City — my old stomping grounds — a modern day $odom and Gomorrah — the sewers are cleaner than the streets — the Republican Party owns a suite in Trump Tower where they put on Burlesque shows every Thursday night. It’s nothing to worry about. Libertarians are fine.

“Come on up for the rising”

Years later, David Bowie released this song, with the title of my name (Lazarus) and a passage mirroring what I wrote above:

By the time I got to New York (my old stomping grounds)

I was living like a king (a suite in Trump Tower)

Then I used up all my money (a modern day $odom and Gomorrah)

I was looking for your ass (Burlesque shows)

This way or no way (It’s nothing to worry about)

You know, I’ll be free (Libertarians are fine)

Just like that bluebird (Come on up for the rising)

Now ain’t that just like me (Lazarus)

Did I inspire Bowie to write this song?  Maybe.  The thematic similarities between the song and my blurb on IPR cannot be denied.  Plus, the blurb was written before Bowie wrote the song.  Perhaps most telling, I used the name “Lazarus the Great” as the author of the blurb, while the title of the song is “Lazarus” even though this name is not mentioned in the song (it is an allusion to the story in the Gospel of John of Jesus rising Lazarus of Bethany from the dead).  There is a strong possibility Bowie read my post and then wrote the song (or at least the passage above) in response.

Kareem Caliente calls my 2014 blurb “prescient” not only because of its foreshadowing of “Lazarus” but because I made the connection between the Republican Party and Donald Trump before anyone had any idea he would run for President, much less become the Republican Party presidential nominee and President itself.  Perhaps with the sarcastic tone of the final two sentences I foresaw the death of Libertarianism (as Nathan Norman declared last week), and then with reference to the Springsteen song “The Rising,” I saw the rise of the Alt-Right from the corpse of Libertarianism, just like Lazarus.

Maybe I’m a prophet.  Or maybe I’m just lucky.