Thursday, May 11, 2006

Can't Stop It (the Death Star)



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


The Process of Belief by Bad Religion, the 2002 release that saw the return of guitarist Brett "I'll Quit the Band & Rejoin Whenever I Feel Like It" Gurewitz. This album also saw the addition of Brooks Wackerman on drums, whose manic style seemed to fit the band perfectly. I bet that made him pretty happy. No longer would he have to play second fiddle to Josh Freese in the Vandals.


- The line "into oblivian" in "Supersonic" coincides with the Star Wars logo fading into space; minutes later, the phrase is heard again as the end of the scrolling text fades into space.

- The line "you can make it if you try" in "Prove It" coincides with one of the first shots of the droids during the attack on the Tantive IV.

- C-3PO is seen waiting for R2-D2 to roll over to him as the line "he only wanted a friend, now he made something else" is heard in "Broken" (this is right after Princess Leia places the Death Star plans in R2, ensuring that "something else" is in store for 3PO).

- The opening lines of "Materialist" ("you're obsessed and distressed 'cause you can't make any sense of the ludicrous nonsense") coincide with 3PO's reaction to R2's decision to head in a different direction on the surface of Tatooine.

- The line "I have to walk this mile in my own shoes" in "Materialist" coincides with both droids going their separate ways in the Tatooine desert.

- The line "no peace, no friends" in "The Defense" is heard as Luke, depressed over his life situation, is seen walking outside the Lars homestead.

- At one point in "The Defense," the line "ain't it beautiful to be alive?—yeah, right!" is heard; this line coincides with Luke staring at the sunset, and he looks down to the ground the moment the "yeah, right" is heard.

- Aunt Beru is seen making something in the kitchen as the line "your mother's in the kitchen" is heard in "The Defense."

- Luke is lying on the ground after the Tusken Raider attack as the lines "why do you lie, why do you lie?" are heard in "The Lie."

- Obi-Wan presents Luke with his father's lightsaber around the same time Greg Graffin says, "but to you, I dedicate this song, yeah to you" in "You Don't Belong."

- The hologram of Princess Leia appears before Obi-Wan and Luke at the exact moment the music fades out in the middle of "Bored and Extremely Dangerous" and all the weird noises start; the ticking of the clock is heard as Obi-Wan and Luke sit silently for a moment after the hologram disappears, and the alarm rings right before Obi says, "you must learn the ways of the Force if you are to come with me to Alderaan."


Okay, what's going on? Am I going crazy? Have I been at this too long? All those synchs were right on the money! That last one, with the hologram? Downright eerie! Granted, this experiment didn't produce as many as The Gray Race (link), but come have to be starting to wonder.

Seriously, I haven't been this spooked since the original White Zombie experiments (link). If tomorrow's experiment is a dud, I'll chalk it all up to coincidence. If not, if something like this goes down again...well, then it's on. I'll have to get together another Bad Religion week, all the while trying to pick up on any subtle clues the band may have dropped over the years in reference to Star Wars.

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K (and by Circle K, I mean this blog).


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