This little excerpt from my life began with me wondering, “Who is David Icke?”
I had heard of David Icke from a number of people recently – it was one of those names which kept popping up at some of the websites I was visiting while gathering information for my ongoing novel project. What little I knew about him was some vague idea that he was some guy who had some far-out thoughts.
My curiosity increased each time his name came up, so I decided to check him out, to try and get a comprehensive understanding of his worldview.
Finding out about David Icke’s ideas isn’t too difficult – he gives epic-length lectures. One of his lectures last year lasted for nearly 7 hours, and was presented to a very large audience at Wembley Arena in England. You can watch it on YouTube. It seemed to me that listening to 7 hours of him talking non-stop about his ideas should give me that overview.
So I’ve been watching it in short pieces every few weeks – 30 minutes to an hour at a time.
First off – The man can talk! Wow. And he covers a vast amount of material about various so-called “Conspiracy Theory” subjects – New World Order, Reptilians, Hollow Moon Theories and all-kinds of cool and groovy topics far outside the mainstream. If you like going out beyond the fringe, then you probably want to check David Icke out.
Because I’m always listening for new sound collage material – David Icke sounds to me like an untapped well of sound bites. Like I said, this guy can talk.
One of the movies he mentioned during his lecture was the 1988 John Carpenter film They Live. Here’s a clip of David Icke talking about the film in a T.V. interview. In this clip he gives a very accurate introduction to the story. Watching this will not spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it yet.
Of course we had to rent it, which we did this last week. Basically, it is excellent, in glorious b-movie style! It’s one of my new favorite films, or part of my personal top-ten favorite films of all time. Judging from the responses on Facebook I’m just the latest person to join the “I love They Live” party. How did I miss seeing this movie before? Cultural blindspots or something…
An added note – I think it would make a great double-feature with the 1984 cult classic, Repo Man.
Here’s the trailer for They Live:
“I have come here to chew bubble gum, and kick ass…”
Just to get a taste of They Live, here’s a classic scene from the movie.
This is the point where our main character, Nada, played by wrestler Roddy “Rowdy” Piper, is coming to an full understanding about the false illusion of the world (thanks to the sunglasses), and he doesn’t like what he sees!
So, like a good American, he grabs his gun and takes business into his own hands…
As we join the action, he has just entered a bank building and he says…
“I have come here to chew bubble gum, and kick ass…
And I’m all out of bubble gum.”
WARNING: Gratuitous Gun Violence Alert