Had an amazing time at our little work party last night. Lots of fun people there and really good conversation about all kinds of social/cultural/musical phenomena.
Of course, my favorite part of the evening was the hour or two I go to spend talking to Sandy Pearlman — rock criticism cornerstone and renowned producer/manager — about everything from Lovecraftian reflections in rock to how they arrived at the pindrop mix on Blue Öyster Cult‘s “I Love the Night.”
It seems somewhat narcissistic to say this, but the vast majority of my personal/professional interests are mirrored in Sandy’s own C.V. And clearly, we’re both eminently weird fuckers. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that if 98 percent of the world’s population were to have stumbled into our conversation last night, they’d have found it utterly incomprehensible.
An aside: did you know that Sandy was one of the individuals rumored to have authored The Necronomicon by Simon? (He didn’t.) He also might be the person who coined the term “heavy metal.” (He probably didn’t.)
When I asked Sandy whether his BOC “Imaginos” mythology (Desdinova, Secret Treaties, etc.) was fully ripe at the time of the band’s first three albums, he replied, “as ripe as an autumn pear fermenting on the tree.”
There’s a hidden history of weird fiction influencing rock music, and BOC explored occult/metaphysical concepts in their psychedelic biker rock well before they started writing songs about giant Japanese lizards with radioactive breath. Sandy had a huge hand in all of this, from the band’s arcane “cross of confusion” symbol to the equally enigmatic (and often comically obtuse) lyrics. It’s no coincidence that Blue Öyster Cult started sucking after he stopped working closely with them.
Our conversation inspired me to make my next batch of songs relate to the Lovecraftian Mythos somehow. This will prove difficult to do in a non-cheesy, non-metal way, but I think I’m up for the challenge. (My previous record, Northern Lights, was inspired by an anti-religious childrens’ fantasy series called His Dark Materials.)
Now I gotta go interview Sandy officially for a work-related thing. (Technology and music.) Fun!