Artist H.R. Giger Has Died At Age 74

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(PCM) Surrealist artist H.R. Giger, who is most well-known as the man who designed the famous alien for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” films, has passed away at the age of 74.  Sources close to Giger from his museum in Switzerland, claim that the artist died as a result of injuries sustained after a fall in a hospital on Monday.

Giger’s surrealist images have captured the attention of millions over the years. They are most recognizable by his use of blending humans and machines with supernatural, science-fiction and fantasy elements. They often depict very dark, morbid and eerie settings and have been featured throughout the history of pop culture.

Giger’s work on the “Alien” film earned him an Academy Award for special effects and he has also worked on films such as “Species”, “Poltergeist II” and “Dune”.

 

Many individuals have gotten tattoos of Giger’s work and he has also designed several album covers and artwork for artists such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Debbie Harry to name a few. The band Triptykon, who have worked with Giger over the years, have put together an incredible tribute, which I am including below:

“I fight the impending lure of belated sleep

For fear of waking up and you are gone” 

Triptykon, My Pain, 2010 

For the first time in 74 years, last night was a night not illuminated by the indescribable light that was H.R. Giger.

H.R. Giger became our mentor, against all odds, when we, somewhat audaciously, first established contact with him some 30 years ago. At a time when almost everybody ridiculed, ignored, or even obstructed the music the then almost completely unknown Swiss underground band Hellhammer was creating, Giger listened to us, talked to us, and gave us a chance. Not least at a time when he was at one of many peaks of his path.

A little more than a year later, his exceptionally stunning art made what might be one of Celtic Frost’s most important albums, To Mega Therion, even more significant. Other links to Giger’s universe also manifested themselves, almost as if it was predestined.

Eventually, after many more years, the mentorship became a friendship. It was a friendship and a personal connection I valued infinitely, and it also included his wonderful wife, Carmen, and many other remarkable people that were part of his universe.

When Celtic Frost came to an end so acrimoniously in 2008, H.R. Giger and his wife were among those who witnessed my uncontained despair and stood by me. That Giger subsequently agreed to collaborate with my new group, Triptykon, and thus enabled us to release our first album, Eparistera Daimones, with one of his most dramatic paintings on the cover meant the world to me.

It apparently pleased Giger, too. He told me so on several occasions, and he completely stunned me in October 2011 by proposing that we continue the collaboration between him and Triptykon. I would have never asked for such a thing, because I never would have wanted to appear insatiable. He brushed such reservations aside, and it was his mentorship, friendship, and art that enabled us, once again, to release a second album on which music and cover art formed a seamless symbiosis. Only a few weeks ago, he held the result in his hands and loved it.

Regardless of anything I may write about H.R. Giger, however, none of these words will ever be able to truly, accurately describe him as a person and as a friend. It is utterly inconceivable to imagine a world without his wit, his perception, his genius, his horizon, his determination, his humour, his friendship, and his immeasurable kindness. And yet, we are now left in exactly such a world.

Tom Gabriel Warrior for Triptykon, May 13, 2014

Triptykon/H.R. Giger Photo Credit: H.R. Giger at his house in Zurich, Switzerland, around the time he created Mordor VII, the painting that would one day become the cover of Triptykon’s second album, Melana Chasmata. Photographed by Katharina Vonow in autumn of 1976; used with very kind permission by Katharina Vonow and Carmen Giger

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Toronto Library Asked To Remove Dr. Seuss Classic “Hop On Pop”

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(PCM) Here is yet another case of people just taking things way too far. Recently, a Toronto area library received a request to remove six book titles and a DVD from their shelves one of which was the Dr. Seuss classic “Hop on Pop”.

“Hop On Pop” is one of the most beloved children’s book of all time, so why would someone want to have it removed? Well, one man claims it “encourages children to use violence against their fathers”.  Seriously!?!?!  The man is also demanding that the library pay for damages that resulted from the book.

The Materials Review Committee for the library has reviewed the complaints and has declined to remove “Hop on Pop” as well as the other titles from their library shelves. One of the other books in question was Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Kennedy” and the DVD “That’s My Boy” starring Adam Sandler.

The library claims that “Hop on Pop” is a humorous tale that is meant to be taken lightly and if the man who made the complaint had actually bothered to pay attention to the whole story he would see it actually encourages “anti-pop-hopping” at the end of the story by rhyming the word “Stop”!

Unreal!  We are glad the library decided to keep the title!

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Tony The Tiger Voice Actor Lee Marshall Dead At Age 64

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(PCM) Voice actor Lee Marshall, who is most well known as the iconic voice of Tony the Tiger, has passed away at the age of 64. Marshall’s cause of death was esophageal cancer and he passed away at a Santa Monica hospital on April 26th. 

Marshall began voicing the mascot of Kellog’s Frosted Flakes back in 1999. He was the fill in for original voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft.

According the Associated Press, Marshall got his first job in radio at age 14, when he lied about his age and got away with it due his prematurely deep voice. Other than voicing Tony The Tiger, Marshall worked in all areas of radio journalism including a newsman, rock music DJ, and a wrestling ring announcer.

Our sincere condolences go out to Marshall’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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