There are two reasons I’m having a hard time concentrating at the moment… and for several recent moments leading up to this one.
The first is a general lack of sleep and a slow switching of my sleeping schedule. That’s not really new, but aggravating nonetheless.
The second is an abrupt change in what I’ve been drinking. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been cutting way back on the diet pop (root beer), and increasing my juice intake.
But somehow, over the past ten days, I’ve managed to up my daily liquid intake from 2L of pop, 4L of 1%milk, 6-8L of water and 1L of orange juice to nearly 8L of apple juice, 4L of 1%milk, 2L of orange juice and 6L of water.
Then, over the weekend, the pop started getting back into the liquid diet… which became ridiculous even by my drinking standards.
So, except for the milk and water, it’s all gone. It’s been three days. I do feel weird. That’s a lot of sugar to take out of a diet all at once. I’ve spent a lot of time just sort of hanging around, waiting for something… like the energy to make a decision.
One of the things I did manage to accomplish, was remembering the name of the villain in an animated movie I’ve only seen once, and that was back when I was a kid: Mok.
The movie was a 1983 Canadian animated movie called “Rock & Rule”… it’s kind of like a more coherent version of “Heavy Metal”, yet another classic Canadian animated film featuring sex, drugs, Satan and heaving bosoms.
Mok fucked me up when I was a kid. The guy looks like a vampire Mick Jagger and has Lou Reeds’ voice, and when he does drugs it’s your perception of him that gets distorted…
And he has what has to be the most ominous theme song in all of movie creation…
My name is Mok, thanks a lot
I know you love the thing I got
You’ve never seen the likes of me
Why, I’m the biggest thing since World War III
My name is Mok, and I’m on fire
I’m the match and I’m the pyre
I’m the voodoo black musician priest
Why, I’m the greatest thing since World War III
I’m the power Sodom used on Lot
I am the pillar, ha-ha-ha-ha, I am the snake
I’m the beat that makes you shake
I am the killer, I am the source
And you will worship me, of course
I’m the oracle, I’m the seer, the wit
There is no question that I am It…
“My Name Is Mok”, ‘Rock & Rule Soundtrack’; Lou Reed, 1983.
It’s my understanding… by which I mean I’ve done no real research, but this is the movie where “Evil spelled backwards is Live, and you want to Live… don’t you?” either was uttered first, or popularized.
Even if that’s bullshit, and it might be — I have no sugar in my system right now, it’s definitely the coolest moment it’s ever been used.
This is taken straight from the movie, it’s Mok / Mick Jagger / Satan singing his theme song, then getting high and explaining Good v. Evil to one of his henchman… who may or may not be David Bowie.
The entire movie is available on YouTube in ten minute segments, but the bastard who uploaded it won’t let people embed it in our blogs. So if you want to see it, and you really really should, just follow the link… [link].
The soundtrack includes music from Cheap Trick, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Earth, Wind & Fire. Awefuckingsome.
If you’re interested, and you really should be, I wrote a review of Heavy Metal over on my Other site. It’s pretty fucking cool.
So my questions for you on this sacred No Post Day are:
1. Outside of any religious teachings, when was the first time you recognized ‘Satan’ as a character in popular culture? I think mine might actually have been in comic books.
2. What’s your favourite pre-1990 animated movie?