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OKLAHOMA CITY – Yesterday afternoon, April 8th, I was running some errands and suddenly felt compelled to pop in an Echo & The Bunnymen compilation disc. It was the material they did from 1984 onward and started off with “The Killing Moon,” a song I’ve written about multiple times here at Dust Devil Dreams.

But it was late yesterday, after driving around studying the lyrics of “The Killing Moon,” driving around windy and dusty OKC, that I noted the Slicing Up Eyeballs website had linked a Guardian story on Facebook headlined “Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant: How we made ‘The Killing Moon.’” Wait, what?

Said McCulloch: “I’ve always said that ‘The Killing Moon’ is the greatest song ever written. I’m sure Paul Simon would be entitled to say the same about ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ but for me ‘The Killing Moon’ is more than just a song. It’s a psalm, almost hymnal. It’s about everything, from birth to death to eternity and God – whatever that is – and the eternal battle between fate and the human will. It contains the answer to the meaning of life. It’s my ‘To be or not to be …’”

Yes, Ian McCulloch is notoriously egocentric, but his comments about the song certainly strike a chord with me. It’s a song that has haunted me for years and was used to great effect in Donnie Darko, although it was changed to INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” in Richard Kelly’s Director’s Cut of the film.

Thinking about that, I was reminded of a post I had made sometime last year titled “Fate, up against your will.” It notes that line in “The Killing Moon,” the line that McCulloch says came to him in a powerful dream.

You don’t dream things like that and remember them,” McCulloch told The Guardian. “That’s why I’ve always half-credited the lyric to God. It’s never happened before or since. I got up and started working the chords out. I played David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ backwards, then started messing around with the chords. By the time I’d finished, it sounded nothing like ‘Space Oddity.’”

So, pulling up “Fate, up against your will,” I look at the date and realize I had written and posted it exactly one year ago: April 8, 2014. Is there a syzygy happening?

The "Fate, up against your will" piece addresses the unfortunate and sad death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of creepy celebrity musician Sir Bob Geldof. I won’t go into the whole nature of the post here, only to say there are questions about Peaches Geldof’s death that have not been addressed to some researchers, some of whom say something sinister happened to here, as she got deeper into occult practices.

Michael Hutchence, the late lead singer of INXS, had issues with Sir Bob, particularly after he partnered with Geldof’s ex-wife Paula Yates. Yates said her ex-husband “killed Michael.” She also said that Sir Bob is “above the law.” That would seem to be the case.

Referring back to Donnie Darko, a film set in October 1988, I noted how in the original, “The Killing Moon” is playing in the opening scenes as a confused Donnie, cycling home at dawn. There are eerie syncs with The Last Temptation of Christ, I wrote, and how “The Killing Moon” seemed more appropriate – considering McCulloch’s religious and spiritual analysis of his own song, a song co-credited to “God.” (I note Echo & The Bunnymen's synchromystic influence in my review of a book about The KLF).

In a later Dust Devil Dreams piece, called "Bring on the new messiah," I delve into Echo & The Bunnymen's 1985/86 hit "Bring on the Dancing Horses," from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. I note the analysis of another researcher who talks about the "alchemical" nature of the song's lyrics and how ultimately, Ian McCulloch is talking about "creator and creation" being unified in the end. "This is the end goal of alchemy: Union with God."

In Donnie Darko, as Donnie is visiting his psychologist Dr. Lilian Thurman, he is going on about “Frank” and how he is trying to “figure” out everything that is happening to him. Because if he doesn’t, he “won’t be able to know his master plan.”

Thurman: “Do you mean ‘God’s’ master plan. Do you now believe in God?”

Donnie: “I have the power to build a time machine.”

Thurman: “How is that possible? How is time travel possible? Donnie?”

Donnie: “Time’s up. Frank said.”

Thurman: “When is this going to happen?”

Donnie: “S-s-soon.”

Additionally, in Donnie Darko, Donnie’s class is reading Richard Adams’ 1972 cautionary tale Watership Down – a modern-day allegory about rabbits struggling against tyranny and destruction. In the story, the runt rabbit Fiver, a “seer,” is depicted as having ESP and he has a frightening vision of their rabbit warren being destroyed. Fiver insists they leave and find a new home. (Note more at my harebrained post "Frank").

But Donnie, a lot like Cassandra in Greek mythology, is trapped, knowing that a future event is impending but not being able to do anything about it. 

For instance, syncing with Donnie Darko, we are reminded of the mysterious death of young Poltergeist actress Heather O'Rourke ("They're heeeere."), which I delved into in this DDD piece "Fantasy football at the time-loop hotel," back in October 2013. Clearly, the creators of that film knew something about O'Rourke's future and that it would be short. They knew and did nothing. And what of Manson Family victim Sharon Tate? A recent Dangerous Minds article delves into the story that Sharon Tate had a dream - a nightmare - that "Sharon Tate had a prophetic dream of her brutal murder by members of the Manson Family at least two years before the tragic incident actually took place."

And as I type this, Sonic Youth's Goo is playing, the track "Mary-Christ" and Thurston Moore (who appeared in one of my dreams this week) sings the line: "Sensed by x-ray eyes her spirit spies into my life."

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