Alright Alright (Here Goes part II: Lifter Puller) Apr 2, 2021 9:53:55 GMT -5 muzzleofbees and tableinthecorner like this
Post by skepticatfirst on Apr 2, 2021 9:53:55 GMT -5
The gangrape occurs not just very late in the party (after all the other kids have left), but very late in the night, after the sun is up, on Sunday morning.
1) Sangre De Stephanie
SdS provides strong evidence for situating the gangrape on Sunday morning at dawn:
and early on in the breaking dawn
woke up to the sabbath song
and her hair was let down but her dress was still on
later on in the break of dawn
broke up to the nazareth song
and her hair was back up but her dress was all gone
the bud and the benzedrine, fucked with the fog machine
on and on in the breaking dawn [SdS]
The kids' transition from "woke up" (after the crash) to "broke up," and from "her dress was still on" to "her dress was all gone," marks the hour of the gangrape; the sex is also flagged by "fucked," as are the drugs by "bud and the benzedrine."
The title "Sangre de Stephanie," alluding to the expression "Sangre de Cristo" (wikipedia), Spanish for "blood of Christ," frames Juanita (Stephanie=Juanita, see THE GIRLS above) as a bleeding Christ figure, a theme developed in the lyrics with "nazareth" and "sabbath" as allusions to Jesus and Easter Sunday; this is consistent with the original LP/THS "resurrection" being Juanita's emergence, stumbling, bleeding and high as hell, from the bathroom (see STUMBLING & RESURRECTION above).[*1]
Taking this in isolation, "sabbath" might be read as metaphor, rather than a literal reference to Sunday; but there are other reasons to believe that Sunday at dawn is literally what's meant.
2) I Like The Lights
ILtL fixes the time of the ganrape at 6am on a weekend morning.
six six six am on the weekend
she's creepin out of the east end
and you said it was nothing
you just slipped and missed your ride from your girlfriends [ILtL]
The allusion to an injury ("it was nothing/ you just slipped") using the term associated with roofies and rape (see SLIP AND TRIP above) makes it clear that this is a post-hoc description of the violent events of Party Zero.
Jenny is described as leaving the party in the brewery (for "east end" see THE EAST above) sometime around dawn. (The "six six six" reference to the Number of the Beast identifies the brewery with Hell, same as in the THS story: "We were hanging at a rock and roll club/ It was painted just like hell" [GoaH], etc.) The situation on a "weekend," i.e. Saturday or Sunday morning, is explicit.
3) Nice Nice
NN also weighs in with clear evidence for an after-dawn timeframe. Here, creepin/east-end/six-am in ILtL is translated into creepin/east-end/end-of-the-night:
it's the end of the night and now jenny's creepin back to the east end
shot through with the sunlight [NN]
In this, "sunlight" is a drug reference ("light"=meth, see LISTED; for "shot" see SHOT IN THE SHOULDER above), but it also confirms that "end of the night" means after dawn has broken. "Shot through" makes a St.-Theresa-like suggestion of forcible/ecstatic sex (wikipedia).
The sense of "creepin *back to* the east end" [NN] is twofold, echoing "creepin *out of* the east end" [ILtL] at the same time that it foreshadows Juanita's return to the Scene for the Return Parties (following her resolution "that's when she said that we should do this all over" [TLaDiLBI]; see PARTY ZERO VS THE RETURN PARTIES above).
4) Candy's Room
The "end of the night" is again described in Candy's Room as the time when those who haven't left the party with the other kids (see KIDS START LEAVING above) will find themselves covered in white stuff at the hands of the gang (allusion to both drugs and sex; see CONTRITION and VARIETIES OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT above).
you'll be covered up with powdered drugs by the end of the night
if you're still at the nice nice [CR]
5) The Langelos
Similarly, The Langelos identifies "morning" as the time when the all-night party is paid for with sexual service:
And morning whores yourself to the night before [Langelos]
6) 11th Avenue Freezeout
11AF underlines the "freak" aspect of the sex and the hour of dawn:
the sun sneaks up on the boardwalk freaks [11AF]
7) Back In Blackbeard
BiB is explicit about the gangbang at sunrise:
jenny looks on the brightside
she said i never saw the sunrise before i met all you guys
and now i've done it on the d-line and bathed in all your basslines
and i still ain't died, or have i? [BiB]
8) Let's Get Incredible
Another reference to "dawn" is found in LGI, which describes the "clearing" [OftC] of Swede Hollow park, with its entrance on 7th street, as the "lawn" of the brewery; the lines immediately following this make clear that the "grop[ing]" that takes place there after waking up in the speed-ing "dawn" (compare "speeding toward sunrise" [KatKH]) is indeed the Party Zero gangrape:
we groped on the green golf course lawn
and we sped through the 7th straight dawn
and we woke up in 7th street
first we got rushed and then we got crushed
these tiger-striped toughs are much bigger than us
first we got sliced and then we got swarmed
these sabre-toothed thugs are so heavily armed [LGI]
That's a lot of evidence pointing, in aggregate, to Sunday at dawn. But there are still some apparently contradictory details that have to be squared with this.
The LGI reference to "7th straight" is one of several LP references to partying/speeding over many days without sleep, of which the most obviously connected one is the Prescription Sunglasses description of Party Zero as a "three-day rave."
The PSunglasses version says that the kids "made it" until Sunday *afternoon*, rather than Sunday morning; when we compare this "made it" to the "didn't make it" of Sherman City:
and outside the club is where we spill our drinks in memory of
all those guys that didn't make it till the dawn [SCity]
it's pretty clear that "dawn" [SCity] and "afternoon" [PSunglasses] are doing the same job of marking the time when the party ends (with "outside the club" standing in parallel to the "lawn" [LGI] and "creeping out of the east end" [ILtL], too). So, how to reconcile this?
First: "afternoon" isn't a one-off; Oaks mentions an episode of waking up in the afternoon after a blackout:
Skipped ahead to the next afternoon [Oaks]
Similarly, on With The Business describes waking up on the bloody carpet (with analogy to a dirty mattress; see CANDY'S ROOM below) of the brewery bar on a morning (matinee=literally "morning movie"; link) that's actually the afternoon:
Blood on the carpet
Mud on the mattress
Waking up with that American Sadness
Afternoon matinee [OwtB]
Second: Denver Haircut continues its description of the gangrape filming (see MAGAZINES & VIDEOS above) with specific mention of five hours spent on that same carpet:
In five hours on the carpet
He visits six different planets [DH]
The math checks out: dawn at 6-something + five hours gets us to the threshold of afternoon.
Third: in an interview somewhere that I've tried hard to relocate but can't find, Craig talks about the lessons of the LP/THS story, and one of the "morals" he draws is something to the effect that there's never a good excuse for getting up at noon (compare "sleeping late" [SBS]). It's a pity not to have the quote; I mention it in the hope that someone else will know where to find it. The point in any case is that the afternoon timeframe is well-attested from different angles.
To put it all together: it appears that the early PSunglasses telling reflects the literal narrative, that the end of the party happened on Sunday afternoon, after a three-day Friday-Saturday-Sunday blowout. SdS too attests literally to the fact that the assault on the kids began on Sunday at dawn.[*2] The interval between dawn and afternoon is accounted for by the gangrape itself and by its aftermath, with the kids lying crashed out and bleeding for hours on the carpet.
ILtL and NN, with their report of Jenny moving around the east end at 6am, take a more poetic view of the events of the early morning, informed by a Return Parties perspective on her willful return to the Nice Nice.
To come full circle, the confirmation of the Sunday morning timeframe has an important implication with respect to Sangre De Stephanie: not only does "[Cristo]/sabbath/nazareth" [SdS] mark the first overt use of the Easter imagery that will become so important in THS [HaRRF, BCrosses], but "broke up" [SdS] marks the ending of Party Zero as the *original* Separation Sunday.
[*1] We noted this already in LACED SUBSTANCES above, but with more background in hand, it's worth stating again that there's a spiked drink allusion here; "Sangre de Cristo" is a "spicier variant of the Michelada beer cocktail" (wikipedia), served, like Mary's margarita, with a salted rim (see ROOFIES above; compare also "beer mixed with beer" [Brokerdealer INFHP], where one of the "beers"=meth, like "salt"=meth, see LISTED above).
[*2] For the record, there are also several THS references to "dawn" which bear obvious similarities to the LP lines we've been looking at:
Went down on the Denver slums and she woke up in the Rocky Mountain dawn [MM]
This is Milkcrate Mosh's description of Holly's birthday party; the new information provided via the LP lyrics about "dawn" here, and about "lawn" as a reference to Swede Hollow behind the brewery, suggest that Holly's party (compare "lawn," "dawn" [SN]) takes place in a location modeled after the Nice Nice, and specifically in its brewery avatar, as well.
And I stayed out past dawn at some raunchy magazine launch [212M]
We've already looked at the "magazine launch" in this line (see MAGAZINES & VIDEOS above); now we can connect it with the dawn timeframe.
Saw the dawn through the crack in the curtains [R&T]
We'll take a closer look at this line shortly (see BREWERY BAR: THE CORNER below); in the meantime, "saw the dawn" is modeled on Juanita's "saw the sunrise" [BiB].
And at dawn I had to crawl back home through the quicksilver sprawl [Star18]
Compare "creeping out of the east end" [ILtL]; "quicksilver" is meth ("silver splinter" and "silver metal flake" [R&T]).
And everyone's sorry when they see that it's dawn [TST]
for reasons which are now evident.