Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Jody Radzik’s Bid for Occult Supremacy

Sitting in the same underground nightclub where he used to party over 12 years ago, Jody Radzik is a very sad and lonely figure.

He is quick to tell you that he was once the leader of a race of super-intelligent kiddies who raised their IQ by taking a street-drug, MDMA. And he can show you a book written in 1994 to prove it.

Sadly, Radzik seems to be in denial, blissfully unaware of medical studies showing MDMA (Ecstasy) to be a drug which causes brain damage and sometimes kills.

"Cyberia" was an over-hyped Gen-X book penned by writer Douglas Rushkoff. It mainly appealed to lost youth who lacked direction but needed plausible excuses for living a drug-fuelled, fantasy-driven twilight existence.

In the book Radzik is portrayed as an angry young drugs activist who leads an ideological campaign against a rival group of anti-social psychedelic occultists, the Temple of Psychic Youth (TOPY). Understandably, Rushkoff deliberately omits boring details, like the fact, that these two supposedly opposed groups were comprised mainly of the same members.

Radzik was actually a cross-dressing member of TOPY, until stormed out in an angry pique of jealousy over the leader, Genesis P-Orridge (and band member of both Throbbing Gristle and Psychic-TV).

Genesis P-Orridge took cross-dressing to its natural, if albeit uncomfortable, limits and had a sex-change operation. Radzik, who always dreamed of being both “king and queen” of Cyberia felt usurped. (Radzik eventually joined - “The King Group”)

Rushkoff must have been aware of all this. Rushkoff was very close to P-Orridge - he wrote a book about him. They even played together: Rushkoff On Keyboards with Genesis Sporting New Mammarian Glands in Psychic TV MK III. Rushkoff blurred certain facts so as not to raise doubts about the sanity and credibility of his informants - and himself!

Certainly, if Rushkoff can be accused of using Radzik for his own purposes, then Radzik also used Rushkoff. It was a mutual if unholy alliance. Rushkoff, who had endured many hours of irrational druggie talks, desperately needed a character who could sound sort of intelligent. Whilst Radzik urgently needed a reason for continuing with his washed-up life. Radzik would happily supply nebulous profanities for Rushkoff teenage readership - if Rushkoff in turn would make him the leader of mythical Cyberia – the kingdom that never was. A deal was of sorts was struck - possible laced with sex and drugs but probably with nothing more than a yawn.

However, despite such a conspiracy of motivated parties, the book was a dramatic flop unless you are the sort of reader who gets easily shocked by words like “ass” – a Radzik favorite.

Rushkoff has Radzik stating "Kali has her fist up my ass up to her elbow and she loves every minute of it!" In case, you are wondering, Radzik was not joking but actually believes it happened. Suffice to say he was on Ecstasy and probably harder stuff at the time. "Kali" is the name of a Hindu goddess and Radzik hallucinated that she had married him.

Tonight’s clubbers seem to steer around Radzik, treating him as a pariah, as they would a lecherous old man or an alcoholic. Through the smoke I see a tear in Jody’s eye as through the mist he sees the Throne of Cyberia sitting empty.

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