Monday, February 25, 2008
The fireman is no mason
This cryptic phrase has flashed during several Rotten Apple videos.
It originally came from the website http://fire-man.com which no longer exists--But you can still see it at http://web.archive.org/web/19990117014116/http://www.fire-man.com/. However when it did exist from January 1999 until July 4, 2007, it was the official site for the CD Fireman Rushes. Most of you know that this was the second collaboration by Paul McCartney and the Producer Youth (aka Martin Glover, bass player and founding member of the band Killing Joke).
The site itself was rather amateurish looking with a front page consisting of a cut-out of the word fire on a black background. One click got you to another page with 9 (yes 9) boxes at the bottom which were links. One link allowed you to purchase the CD but most of them led to weird phrases. The box that featured barely visible stars led to the phrase "The fireman is no mason."
A short time after the release of the CD, the site boasted one of the strangest web casts in the history of the Internet. A transcript at the preceding link shows someone asking if the statement "The fireman is no mason" is an anagram. The fireman answered, "No, no sam, it ain't no anagram."
Well, a recent video by YouTube user YouKnowMyName231 pointed out that it is in fact an anagram for "I am the risen son of man."
Did Iamaphoney ever explicitly state that? I don't know.
Did Iamaphoney know about the anagram? I think so.
The Rotten Apple video that shook me out of my skin and caused me to become a major fan of Iamaphoney was Number 41.
It is staggering how many references this video makes to Jesus and there are nearly as many to the anti-Christ. It is the video of Armageddon in my view.
Despite all of those references, I was not able to find a flash of the line "The fireman is no mason," in it. However, if you look at the description and the tags...
A final footnote: Gigwise.com reported yesterday that Paul McCartney has started yet another musical project--another collaboration with Youth. God knows what they are cooking up this time.