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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Band names from 'Illuminatus!'

An interesting subset of RAW fandom are bands named after the list of bands in the music festival toward the end of the Illuminatus! trilogy. One such band is Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, which apparently is not active these days in recording new music, but which continues to post live shows on the band's Facebook page.

I recently noticed another example: The Irresistible Force, which is the name that Mixmaster Morris has used for releasing much of his music. The Wikipedia article on Mixmaster Morris says, "Famous for his, 'It's time to lie down and be counted' quote, relating specifically to ambient music, Morris stated 'It's exactly what you need if you have a busy and stressful life'."

Of course, that is not all there is to the quote, as you will recall it echoes "Lie down on the floor and keep calm," what John Dillinger said in Illuminatus!

A sentence from Morris' Wikipedia bio: "In March 2007, together with Coldcut, he organised a tribute show to the writer and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson, which they performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall."

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