A deal with the bad guy

It’s actually been said elsewhere that not only do some musicians dabble in the occult themselves but also allegedly make a deal with the Devil. In some form or another if you believe some Christian bloggers. Possibly the most blatant examples are David Bowie and John Lennon.

Both were struggling musicians who seem to insult Christianity and dabble in the occult or Hinduism. Both of them became rich and famous fairly soon. So to speak, it’s as if DC’s Caitlin Snow actually made a deal with Trigon to gain Captain Cold’s powers and to join the Justice League despite her young age.

To put it this way David Bowie made a deal with the Devil whenever he dabbles in the occult and took on some of Aleister Crowley’s characteristics. Not all musicians and celebrities in general do this, let alone for long if they’ve changed for the better. But it seems some musicians do dabble in the occult to gain power.

However risky that is.

Engaging with outsiders

If I’m not mistaken, the rapper Kendrick Lamar did become a Christian following his friend’s death though he might not be the only one. Both he and the lesser known ones do preach the gospel through their rapping. (Other rappers may’ve tried or attempted to, but not to the same extent.)

As for gospel music and the like, there are certainly people who do sincerely preach the Word through their music. Even the more publicly known ones like Kendrick Lamar probably do this too. And then there are musicians who’re raised Christian but one that’s not reflected through their music.

For whatever reason I will not name them though I think they might be cultural Christians at the very least. People like Lamar do use more mainstream music as a way of reaching out to people. Especially if it’s something many more like that it becomes all the more relevant so power to them.

Though I think it’s important to actually be accessible whilst preaching in some way that it wouldn’t just not get lost on others but also reach a wider audience.

At the crossroads

Robert Johnson’s one of those musicians who made a deal with the Devil. As the story goes, he wasn’t that good (at least not yet) but when he made a pact, he got popular but ended up dying young. To deconstruct this, Caitlin Snow makes a pact with the Devil. She naturally doesn’t have ice powers, only the ability to turn into a wolf.

When she makes a deal with the Devil, she sacrifices Louise Lincoln and gains her powers right away. As if Robert Johnson made a deal with the Devil and had to sacrifice what could’ve been the hard way to improve his musical ability for instant success. Or for another matter, David Bowie wanting instant fame and fortune.

Bad enough they have to turn to a bad source to get it quickly. However with ill effects (after gaining Louise’s powers, Caitlin tries to suppress her shapeshifting until her penchant for cannibalism gets in the way and eats people as a wolf).

Pacts with the enemy

As I said never lie with the enemy but there are those who do and paid a price for it. In Brazil, the celebrity Xuxa’s said to make a deal with the Devil to gain fame and fortune at least according to some of her former colleagues and one of them got rid of his former belongings now that he’s a Christian.

(To put it this way Caitlin makes a deal with the Devil to gain somebody else’s powers as she’s naturally a shapeshifter.)

Another case might be David Bowie. In fact he might be one of the most blatant and best-known in recent memory. Both religious and secular media have noted about his occult obsessions. So in a sense he also made a deal with the Devil to gain fame and fortune.

Though he might not be the only way since you can say similar things about bands like Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath who’ve also indulged in occult obsessions. (Caitlin also indulges in the occult and desires power.)

Or almost any musician assumed to be devilish.

Shady undertones

Much’s been said about (some) musicians flirting with the occult and/or apostasy. Not all rock musicians do this and some are even Christians. But it’s a fairly common enough association that has some Christians alarmed. There are rock bands and musicians that openly reference the occult.

Something like Black Widow, Black Sabbath, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin being those. Then there are secular musicians that seemingly reference the Devil (in a sympathetic light). These include the Clash (Midnight Log and arguably Straight to Hell), Rolling Stones and perhaps several more.

Then there are some musicians who dabble in apostasy or atheism. (One might wonder if Bad Religion’s not a good way to name such a band.) If it sounds disturbing to those who like those, to put it this way DC’s Caitlin Snow’s a serious Satanist. Making a deal with the Devil to gain somebody else’s powers.

And coercing people into black masses despite her innocuous presentation (until she turns out to be a werewolf). Or if her actress’s a Satanist herself. That’s as damning as realising David Bowie could be one himself. And partly why some people have issues with some musicians.

Not just with the debauchery but also with the occult undertones in some of their works even if not all musicians do this.

Not a good idea

Though not always the case, spiritually speaking it’s either not a good idea to sing about going to hell (whatever that means, it’s up to you to decide) or to say they go to hell or whatever. As for AC/DC, they’re a decent enough band as bands go. But when it comes to devilish pretensions, it’s not a good idea.

Not that secular bands in general are any better. Though some secular bands are neutral enough to not offend people. (I also think they generally don’t know any better.) But I still think when it comes to the afterlife, some people do take it very seriously. So much so they seemingly write their own Divine Comedies.

Not all secular musicians are necessarily this awful, especially if they’re actually wholesome in and out or neutral enough to be inoffensive. But taking the afterlife less seriously might not be a good idea in hindsight.

She’s a tribute act to her cousin

I suspect the thing with derivative superheroes is that even if they may put their own spin on what’s essentially and practically the same or similar concept they may not always be regarded as the same as the original. They could be better than the original but they could never be the original. Though not always the case, the copy may often be overshadowed by the original.

At other times, the similarities are convincing enough to be almost interchangeable. It’s practically the thing with Wally West and Barry Allen in the comics where both of them ended up with brunettes and twin children. Wally was even given the same job as Barry. Parsimoniously, Marc Martel sounds like Freddie Mercury enough to do Queen tribute acts more convincingly.

It would be all the more horrifying if a rock biopic even has actor-musicians who closely resmeble the people they impersonate, both vocally and phyiscally. Bear in mind, similar things have happened in superhero comics and the like. Supergirl is Superman’s cousin and there’ve been cases where she even stands in for him and at some point have the same origin.

(Though I could go on arguing that both Supergirl and Superboy are cut from the same cloth, clones of people, cousins of Superman at some point, either made psychic or into angry Red Lanterns.)

As for Superboy, he was initially and originally a young Superman. Although he did become his own character, there are stories where he becomes another Superman. But then again Clark Kent and Superman will forever be connected. Supergirl and Superboy could be better than him in some regards.

Sometimes the similarities are convincing enough to warrant any degree of replacement. But even then the original version often wins out as the most authentic version to the public. Not that tribute bands and musicians are terrible, some are good replacements and some are even better.

But the original will often be regarded as the real version to the public.