Friday, April 13, 2007

Wild tongues:



An audio document of the truly bizarre world of the ultra-conservative, new age North American cult, The Church Universal And Triumphant; and it's leader, Elizabeth Clare Prophet. There's a long sordid history within this group involving guns, bomb shelters, kidnapping accusations, and strange paranoid behavior.

This is a privately made recording of one of the church's services. Apparently, this particular communion was focused on conjuring up enough psychic and spiritual energy to combat the evil of rock music ("the great anti-freedom force of the planet" as they describe it here). Among the targets: Billy Joel, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis & The News, Herbie Hancock, Weird Al, REO Speedwagon, Big Country, and uhhh...breakdancing.

Atonal chants channeling a host of saints and spirits (Jesus, Buddha, Kumara, Shiva, Hercules, Pope John XXIII, and more!), insanely complex call-and-response workouts between speaker and crowd, creepy vocalizations that sound like a cross between auctioneering and a yodelling....wow. Fascinating, creepy, bewildering, and highly impressive stuff that should appeal to cult fanatics, those interested in weird droney vocal techniques, and fans of that crazy Ex-Girl Cd that i posted a little while back.

From the LP record Sounds Of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14 released on the Faithways International record label.

Cult Classic

8 comments:

Ben said...

Love it! Truly appreciated. Keep posting the good stuff.

jAy @ jApAn said...

hey ben, glad that you like this and thank you for the positive comments.

Loopy C said...

If I remember right don't they also pronounce against that bastien of all evilness, Cyndi 'Looper'! lol

Loopy C said...

btw, I have to ask...Vol. 14!!! There are at least 13 more of these???

Mister Niles said...

Yes. Very creepy shit indeed. I was always haunted by the clip from this in the Negativland song on Escape From Noise, but never knew its origin. Thanks. These are true believers. That's always scary.
The Ningen Isu is really good too.

You have a great blog here.

jAy @ jApAn said...

i'm not sure about all the other 14 titles in this series, but i do remember a 7" record release of some of the recordings of the AUM cult from Japan, who were responsible for the subway gas attacks. It's already a rare item, but i'm pretty sure that i will never find it here in this country.

Anonymous said...

I listened to this with disbelief - - - incredible find! I remember seeing her books on the shelves about 20-30 years ago. I think they were trying to create a superior race of auctioneers... Thank you for sharing this gem of laughable but disturbing cult propoganda. Well, back to listening to my demonic music now...

Not So Anonymous said...

Would you be so kind as to re-post this? It seems the download expired, I'm "Dying" to find out what this recording sounds like. (: