Sunday, 6 July 2008

'Stone Mad'

[From a review of Stonehenge, by Rosemary Hill. Review by Craig Brown.]

'...Near the end of the book, [Hill] offers a detailed history of Spinal Tap and Stonehenge, complete with the marvellously awful lyrics:

Stonehenge, where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge, where a man is a man
And the children dance to the pipes of Pan...

Furthermore, Hill reveals that- as one has come to expect with anything concerning Stonehenge- this scene from Spinal Tap turned out to be eerily prophetic. After the scene was shot, but before the film was released, the heavy metal band Black Sabbath did a tour to promote their album Born Again, on which was a track called Stonehenge. The group's bassist, Geezer Butler, who had never been to Stonehenge, apparently told the designers he wanted a 'lifesize' model of it. The band ended up with a set that filled three containers and was too big for any stage. 'They used as much of it as they could,' reports Hill, 'edging awkwardly between megaliths as they performed.'

1 comment:

anadæ said...

Pretty funny item, that! And now Black Sabbath's song "Iron Man", first written by the then drug-addled drunkard & frontman for the aforementioned group, Heavy Metal icon & ironically sober husband & dad, Ozzy Osbourne, now serves as the sonic backdrop for the cinematic release based on the Marvel comics superhero of the same name, starring the likewise recovered alcoholic & drug addict Robert Downey Jr in the lead role.

Morphogenetic resonance anyone? See Dr. Rupert Sheldrake's "A New Science of Life" as well as his "The Sense of Being Stared At" for more on this. Tom Graves' "Needles of Stone", long o.o.p. but available as a free downlaod, also hints at much. Ufologist & archaeologists Phil Imbrogno & Marianne Horrigan's "Celtic Mysteries: Windows to Another Dimension in America's Northeast" is also indispensable for understanding leaving imprints on reality that just keep playing themselves over & over again.