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Twisted Tuesdays: The Music of Cult Leaders

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The Official Halloween Chaos Countdown has begun! Let the madness ensue!

For this extra special Twisted Tuesday, I’d like to welcome you to October by playing some catchy tunes from 9 cult leaders. Enjoy!

9. David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidians. Most famous for the Waco Siege where 76 people died during an intense standoff with the FBI. Koresh has a lot of songs.

8. David Berg, leader of the Children of God, an apocalyptic pedo Christian cult that Rose McGowen, River Phoenix, and Joaquin Phoenix were members of as kids.

David Berg

7. Supreme Master Ching Hai, super egocentric vegan “spiritualist” with her own TV show, restaurant chains, and fashion line. Good food but the bitch is off her rocker.

6.  Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. Using the term “cult leader” a bit loosely in this case. LaVey was a charismatic egomaniac who started a belief system that some people ended up taking seriously although it was always tongue-in-cheek and harmless. It was mostly just about being a hedonist and denouncing religion. Nevertheless, he made 80’s and 90’s talk shows more entertaining with all the Satan stuff, and he loved music.

5. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. Worst cult music ever. Rumor has it that Hubbard started Scientology because he made a bet with Errol Flynn on an orgy drug boat that he could start a cult. I am not fact-checking that because I like the story too much. They were friends since they were both hedonists.

4.  Jim “Father Yod” Baker, founder of The Source Family. Just a typical 60’s drug, sex, and psychedelic rock cult. Pretty harmless and some good music came out of all that acid.

3. Jim Jones, leader of The People’s Temple. BTW his followers drank cyanide Flavor Aid not Kool-aid.

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Jones and his followers released an LP called “He’s Able” in 1978. This is by far the most haunting and disturbing song:

The People Temple Choir was very soulful.

2. Shoko Asahara, the founder and leader of Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo which killed 13 people in a gas attack in a Tokyo subway. The guy currently still has over 1,000 cult followers.

1. Of course good ole’s Charlie makes #1 on the list of best cult leader music maker. The Manson Family had very lovely voices and Charlie has a way with words.

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