Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 765: CONSPIRACY!

I love me a good conspiracy. Who really shot JFK? Is the British royal family actually lizard people? Did NASA fake the moon landings? It’s not that I believe in them, though; instead, I love to hear the ramblings of people who do.

Conspiracy theories thrive because humans have a pathological desire to have the inexplicable explained. Nothing just “happens.” Someone or something is controlling events from somewhere. “Wake up, sheeple! The truth is out there!”

With that in mind, I thought we’d take a look at some of the greatest conspiracy theories in music. And no, we’re not going to dwell on the obvious and well-trod theories. If you want to know if Elvis/Jim Morrison/etc faked their own death or if Kurt Cobain was murdered, look elsewhere. But we will delve into the alleged assassination of major musical figure by the CIA. We’ll try to understand how the Rockefellers and the Nazis collaborated to use music as a thought control device. And there is a disturbing number of people who believe that the attack on the Bataclan Theatre in Paris last during in the midst of a Eagles of Death Metal show was a false flag operation.

Prepare your tinfoil hats now.

Music from this week’s show includes:

Steinski and Mass Media, “And the Motorcade Sped On”

Blink-182, “Aliens Exist”

311, “Lovesong”

Coldplay, “The Scientist”

Sex Pistols, “Anarchy in the UK”

Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

Bob Marley, “Get Up Stand Up”

Eagles of Death Metal, “Save a Prayer”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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4 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 765: CONSPIRACY!

  • Hi Alan

    I used to live catching your show on a Sunday night, usually driving home from work. I lost touch with the show after living “out west” for 9 years. I now live in the UK, amd would love to listen – do you do a podcast?

    thanks for the great listening,

    • Thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate it. Alas, there are no podcasts because of the issues surrounding music licensing. We’re trying to find a solution, but so far, the Powers-That-Be aren’t interested in helping.

  • Hi Alan,
    Thanks for doing such a thorough job with your show on a regular basis. It’s greatly appreciated! Keep it up! Your show makes my otherwise mundane drive enjoyable. Heck, you might even be “saving lives” by preventing road rage across the country, haha!

  • Alan,

    “Conspiracy theory” has been used to deny anything outside of conventional thinking and what’s said in the mainstream media. If there is an actual event planned or has passed that involved a conspiracy of parties such as the murder of Malcolm X. If a group say whether motivated by racism or conviction that Elijah Muhammad and senior members in the nation of Islam is in part responsible. If public or the press say that statement is a “conspiracy theory”. Even if there is motive by said parties to have him murdered. That overused term is then used to obstruct justice after such an event and discourage any chance of truth coming to light. That’s just one example of several events that have taken place where the term “conspiracy theory” is used (in this case ineffectively) to deny any possibility of finding out and exposing those responsible.

    There is no theory that parties conspire. That is the reality in hierarchy.

    As for the terms “conspiracy theorists”, “wearing the tinfoil hat” these are used to label and discourage people who have gone mad from fear and even social activists. Activists who work diligently to expose any parties conspiring to limit our lives and deny us quality of life.

    Is it in your best interest to continue using a term that demotivates the people who fight everyday for your rights and freedoms?

    Is it useful in anyway to use this dated terminology when you work in a medium which is about innovation, creativity and listening to new sounds, new ideas that are outside of the box?

    Could you have thought of a better title and description that doesn’t perpetuate the ideology that labels and misunderstands good people who actually care about you and the rest of the world?

    and one more thing,
    you are responsible for what you put out there and so am I. Radio shows integrate seamlessly into the consciousness like music does. You impress upon people just by being a host of a show your views and this can have an influence on theirs.
    Do the right thing and be more creative than using this cliche at a time when people really need more people to stand up for their rights.

    Thank you for being the awesome music historian and host you are,


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