At CMM we leave no stone unturned in our quest to tell you the truth about the so-called rock stars in our midst. We know that the industry is saturated with charlatans, talentless wasters and money grabbing leeches.
But we also know that music is awash with devilry. Hell, (hah, geddit!!) Jamesversion1 has been telling you on these very pages that Beelzebub’s 7 Deadly Sins have been a marker for most of our big stars to adhere for many a moon.
And, we have found five reasons to really believe that Jimi Hendrix was devilish and had sold his soul for genius. This evidence is not available on the internet so don’t search for it. You won’t find it. I am telling you. Please don’t. I beg you.
1. He was left-handed: Never was there a surer sign. Yeah of course 13% of the population is left-handed, and yes they would have been burnt at the stake for this in less tolerant times. Jimi’s propensity to play avec le bras gauche was exactly how the French claimed witches would greet the Devil. Hmm.
2. Forever 27: Hendrix was a member of the 27 Club and foresaw his own death, knowing as he did that Lucifer would take his soul before he turned 28. That was part of the deal. Indeed, only a few weeks ago Hendrix’s soul was available on eBay from the seller BigRed666, complete with the tempting description: ‘One soul, hardly used. Plenty life in it yet but needs refurb work. Buyer must collect as I can’t stand dealing with crosstown traffic.’
3. His girlfriend knew: Fayne Pridgon is a former lover of Hendrix. She used to talk a lot about how Jimi worried about dark things. In the book Heartbeat of the Dragon she is quoted as saying, “He used to always talk about some devil or something [that] 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. He really was obsessed, you know, with something really evil.” She also said you know, prompting comparisons with David Beckham, you know.
4. New songs from beyond the grave: Even though he died in 1970, Hendrix has managed to release substantially more material after his death than before. Think about it, it’s obvious!
5. He used the Devil’s tritone with impudence: [shivers at the thought…] Using the Devil’s tritone, playing C & F# together, is a sure sign that the player is a Satanist – even if they do so by accident. Hendrix meant it. The tritone, or Devil’s Interval, was known as Diabolus in Musica in medieval times and Hendrix’s use of it – best heard in Purple Haze – was mimicked by bands like Black Sabbath, Slayer and Cannibal Corpse. Now, there is a triumvirate not likely to be used to welcome Pastor John on stage. If further proof was needed of its devilish history, Wagner, who was Bernie Taupin to Hitler’s Elton John, was a prolific user of the tritone and, and most damningly, it pops up in The Simpsons theme tune. It’s all about the dissonance.
It is often said that Jimi Hendrix died too young. But maybe the ax-wielding legend died exactly when he and his agent, Lucifer, wanted him to. It is possible that he is now rocking away at festivals like Devilstock, Hellstonbury, D-in-the-Park and Leeds across the vast wastes of the underworld. Or maybe he is working in the same chip shop as Elvis.
Far be it for me to say but I think Jimi got a good deal, don’t ya think?
James A. Stewart