Oh where for art thou Lucifer? The bearer of light. The first fallen but the tallest of earth's command. What has he done for mankind since the grand deception in the perfect garden of innocence? The beholder of the torch of shadows created a beacon of melody for us to long after. We are captivated by it. It alters our moods so easily and sets the tone for the passing hours. It creates the inner persona of our character manifest. It is magical. Spell binding. It binds together some of our strongest memories. It is a time machine that takes us back and moves us forward through the hardest of hours. It is a drug; an opiate of sound that makes us high and takes us as low as any upper or depressant narcotic.
Let's see what some of our pop-culture icons make of this correlation of the great gift of song and that mysterious archetypal father of darkness, Lucifer!
Rock has always been THE DEVIL’S MUSIC . . . I believe rock and roll is dangerous . . . I feel we’re only heralding SOMETHING EVEN DARKER THAN OURSELVES.
– David Bowie
We did six records, then six movies. Now we need to do six of something else, so we get 666 – and then our master Satan can return!
– Cheech Marin
I wanted to marry Lucifer I don’t consider Lucifer an evil force .I feel his presence with his music. I feel like he comes and sits on my piano.
– Tori Amos
They digest it on a lot of different levels. Some people will see it and be disgusted by it, but maybe they’ll be unconsciously aroused by it. If people keep seeing it and seeing it and seeing it, eventually it’s not going to be such a strange thing.
Crucifixes are sexy because there’s a naked man on them.
I’d kill my mother for rock and roll. I WOULD SELL MY SOUL.
– Jon Bon Jovi
I believe in Morrison’s incantations. Break on through. Kill the pigs. Destroy. Loot. F*** your mother. All that s***. Anything goes. Anything.
– Oliver Stone
We were doing witchcraft, trying to make witchcraft music.
– Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys
They’re COMPLETELY ANTI-CHRIST. I mean, I am anti-Christ as well, but they’re so anti-Christ they shock me which isn’t an easy thing.
– Derek Taylor, Press Officer for the Beatles
Christianity will go, it will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and will be proved right. You just wait.. . .We’re more powerfull than Jesus ever was.. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
– John Lennon
…you meditate and you got the candles, you got the incense and you’ve been chanting, and all of a sudden you hear this voice: ‘Write this down’
– Carlos Santana
I sold my soul to the devil.
– Katy Perry
In his autobiography “The Doggfather”, Snoop Dogg says the devil came to him to make a deal that he would be rich and famous in exchange for his soul. Snoop accepted the devil’s offer (by his own words) and identifies that the point at which Calvin Broadus dies Snoop Dog was born.
I really wish I knew why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done over the years. I don’t know if I’m a medium for some outside source. Whatever it is, frankly, I hope it’s not what I think it is – Satan.
– Ozzy Osbourne
I met the Spirit of Music. . . . An appearance of the devil in a Venice canal. Running, I saw a Satan or Satyr, moving beside me, a fleshly shadow of my secret mind, . .
– Jim Morrison
I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness … that a lot of people don’t believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan.
– Little Richard
He used to always talk about some devil or something was in him, you know. He didn’t know what made him act the way he acted and what made him say the things he said, and the songs and different things like that … just came out of him. It seems to me he was so tormented and just torn apart and like he really was obsessed, you know, with something really evil.
– JIMI HENDRIX’ girlfriend, Fayne Pridgon
I can explain everything better through music. YOU HYPNOTIZE PEOPLE… And when you get people at their weakest point you can preach into the subconscious what we want to say. That’s why the name “electric church’ flashes in and out.
– Jimi Hendrix
I was there when Dre said he SOLD HIS SOUL to the devil for a million bucks. And i swear, the Devil got a receipt for his ass.
– Griffey, producer for Dre
First of all, we’d like to thank Satan…
– Red Hot Chili Peppers at MTV awards
I love Satan. Christianity is so boring. If Star Wars didn’t have that evil imprint, they wouldn’t sell two tickets. Satan sells tickets. That dude, Darth Maul, he was down with Satan. Put it this way, Satan loves to party, he loves to f**k and he loves to eat rich, delicious food. Actually that sounds a lot like Kyle Gass (his bandmate).”
– Jack Black
Besides, now that I’m probably richer than God, maybe he should come to me!
- Natalie Maines, Dixie Chicks
I believe in the devil as much as God. You can use either one to get things done.
– Peter Criss, KISS
I’m gonna abandon my spirit to them, which is actually what I attempt to do. You work yourself up into that state and you fall in supplication of the demon gods.
- David Lee Roth
Demonic, that’s what we are.
– Mick Mars, Motley Crue
Get stoned and worship Satan.
– Kurt Cobain
Elton John’s home is laden with trinkets and books relating to Satanism and witchcraft.
– Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist
In 1985, New Solidarity newspaper, which has since been forcibly shut down by the federal government, conducted an interview with Hezekiah Ben Aaron, then the third-ranking member of the Church of Satan. In the interview, Aaron revealed that it was his Church that started such “heavy-metal” rock groups as Black Sabbath, The Blue Oyster Cult, The Who, Ozzy Osbourne, and many others. The Church of Satan was then led by its high priest, Anton LaVey. Many report, however, that LaVey was just a front man for the real high priest, Kenneth Anger, the man who earlier recruited the Rolling Stones to the occult.The following is an excerpt from that interview:
“I was working for the Church…the Church had other people who were middlemen for other companies. There were middlemen for Apple [set up by the Beatles], Warner Brothers, and other record companies. Someone would come to me and say, `I have a tape recording, and I’d like for you to check it out. I’d like to see if you would be interested in sponsoring a Rock group.’ I’d say `All right, I’ll check it out.’ A few days later Ben Aaron would call back and set up another meeting. He continues, `I’d hand you $100,000, and you wouldn’t sign anything. What you wouldn’t know is that a mirror on the back of the wall is a one-way mirror and we’re tape recording and photographing, or video taping everything that goes on. The payback, if you fail to make the group work, is really bad. Sometimes it’s up to 60% on the dollar.”
Aaron’s interview continued:
“we send you to a store, we provide you with uniforms and we provide you with amplifiers. It’s all paid through the money we gave you. We set you up with a road tour. We set you up with engagements. We book you.” Aaron then explained that if the group did not make it he was given orders to collect the money or make other “arrangements.”