(Poster by Malleus)
(Poster by Malleus)
Americans know that our Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.
They may not think about how 7/4 = 7+4 = 11 (jack)
1776 is officially the founding year of the Illuminati. I imagine it is for both of these reasons (American Independence + Illuminati) that the roman numerals for 1776 appear at the base of the pyramid on the American $1 bill. Not that I actually believe the Illuminati began in 1776 – or if they did, I believe they were continuing some older traditions. I think The Game is connected to older traditions.
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As I wrote out my POP lexicon, it became clear that multiples of 9 are important, and especially the number 99. Multiples of 9 are unique in that when you add the two numbers of the product, they will add up to 9 (or to another two numbers which when added together, make 9, depending on how big of a number you start with). So there is a sense of confinement in multiples of 9, a sense of always circling back to 9.
Another thing about the number 9 is that it suggests the end of a cycle. After 9, you begin the numeral cycle again. This connects the number 9 with the number 360 (a multiple of 9 and a full circle) and the clock imagery that is so prevalent in pop (especially hip hop) music.
One of the most common numbers to pop up in songs is 99. Like 9, 99 signals the end of a cycle. But 99 is special also because, not only is it doubled (twins), but when you add 9+9 you get 18: the Tarot Moon card. Similarly, a circle represents the “hole” – and is 360 degrees. 3+6=9.
I believe that it is for this reason that 99 is such an important number. I believe that it is a nod to the mythology of the “night club” aka the “27 club” (2+7=9). I believe that when songwriters use the number 99, they are evoking the Moon Card, thereby saying, “we reflect the sun.”
They “hang” and reflect, the sun.
99 – Toto – 1979
I remember when this song was on the radio. I was 11 years old when it came out. According to Wikipedia, the song was written for George Lucas’ film THX 1138, a film that “depicts a dystopian future in which the populace is controlled through android police officers and mandatory use of drugs that suppress emotion, including sexual desire.”
Wikipedia also says that the budget for this film, THX 1138, was $777,777.77. 8 times 7. 8 means vision and strength.
1999 – Prince – 1982
Can’t find a good video for this, but the lyrics are important. The lyrics suggest that when “2000” comes (number 2 is a sun number), the party is over because we’ll be “out of time.” Prince goes on, “I was dreaming when I wrote this. So sue me if I go too fast.” He mentions having a lion (lyin’ and/or a symbol of royalty) in his pocket, as well. The song ends “Mommy, why does everybody have a bomb?”
99 Luftballoons – Nena – 1983
This song was at the top of the pops when I lived in Germany back in 1984. 30 years ago. The scenery in the video – evergreens, mist, and sawmills – is very evocative of Oregon.
Mono – Courtney Love – 2004
I love, love, love this video. And the song too. The video stands out to me because it came out at a time when you didn’t see a lot of women kicking ass and taking names in music videos. Older Hole videos show Courtney more often expressing distress, sadness, maybe rage. The Celebrity Skin album began a transformation away from that chaos and distress to something more powerful. Mono takes it all to a brand new level.
Mono is here because of the line “99 girls in the pit – did it have to come to this?” A pit is a hole, but it is also right up front by the stage, where the dancing can get intense.
99 Problems – Jay-Z – 2004
Another lovely song, the best part being the part is that one time “99 problems but a bitch ain’t one” is swapped for “99 problems but being a bitch ain’t one.”
1 Percent – Rich White Ladies – 2012