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The 27 Club – Members Only

November 14, 2014
The entertainment industry is an ugly place and it feeds on artists and creativity. Whether it’s the drugs that keep a musician high long after he’s left the stage, or the unstable emotions that enable them to create deeply moving art, or just the pressures of an entire industry of agents, bookers, managers, and bass players who are completely dependent on the creatives – there’s something about the music industry that makes the brightest flames burn the fastest.

 

Artists often live a hard life. And not just through the circumstance of their birth and social class, but often it’s something that they choose. It’s what makes their insights particularly effective and their heartbreaks particularly believable. Musicians doubly so, because they’re often slaves to the road and the traveling performer lifestyle. These elements often sharpen their edge. How many times have you heard a joke about someone doing something completely inappropriate and then be quickly forgiven because that person is an artist? When it comes to these things, people forgive artists more readily than they’ll forgive other types of people. Roman Polanski still wins Academy Awards and he was convicted of raping and sodomizing a 13 year old. Vince Neil gets to have a victory lap with Motley Crue’s final tour after he drunkenly crashed his car and murdered his friend. Chris Brown didn’t lose much time in the charts after brutally beating Rihanna before the Grammy Awards.

 

These are extreme examples, but no more extreme than the life that we expect to be lived by our creative class. After all, they get to live most people’s dreams – should we be surprised when they become hedonists that take things too far? We put little expectations on artists besides to create things, hits. To get a hit is a once in a lifetime event for most artists, but for some, we expect them to crank out chart topper after chart topper.

 

That’s nearly impossible for professional songwriters not in the media spotlight. And it’s a ridiculous amount of pressure to put on a young artist. Add to that a freewheeling party lifestyle, and you’ve got the recipe for dying young. 27 years old is the magical age where legends die. Is it a supernatural curse, though? Or just the curse of being thrust into a destructive lifestyle before you can handle it?

 
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Members Only

The sign said Members Only,
so let me in.
I know the sign says members only,
but let me in.
Don’t you know it’s cold and lonely,
outside in the wind,
outside in the wind.

Always young and
beautiful and dear.
The hit parade of songs
we’ll never hear.
you’re on every cover
and you’re getting all the raves.
you’re the biggest star of the grave .

The sign says members only,
and they won’t let me in.
Yeah, that sign says members only,
and they won’t let me in.
Don’t you know there’s nothing left,
for us in the wind, for us in the wind.

Always young and
beautiful and dear.
The hit parade of songs
we’ll never hear.
you’re on every cover
and you’re getting all the raves.
you’re the biggest star of the grave.

It’s everything that I ever wanted,
a place where I’m always on the dial.
never uncool, never forgotten,
That’s a helluva price to pay for style.
But to join you need more than just a song,
Are you sure you wanna belong?

 

This is a Sunspot original track from our new podcast, See You On The Other SideEach episode features a paranormal topic and its influence on the entertainment industry, as well as original Sunspot songs.

 

This episode is called “Dead At 27: An Exclusive Club of Stars We Lost Too Soon” and you can listen to the podcast, right here.

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