Hot Steel Ranger: One Mysterious YouTube Artifact

Jeff Suwak
Jan 2, 2020 · 2 min read
Image for post
Image for post
Screenshot from Hot Steel Ranger.

I’ve been captivated by the beautiful eeriness of Hot Steel Ranger from the first time I found this strangely haunting song. It’s downright hypnotic. Otherworldly. The tune’s creator insists she’s cast no spells upon it, but I think she’s lying.

Or maybe I’m just a strange bird, as my Aunt Effie likes to say. I’ve shared the song with many others, though, and each agrees there’s just something about the song that sticks with them.

Whatever the case, Hot Steel Ranger positively transfixes me with every view and with every listen. A friend of mine said the music video makes her think of what dead people must see as they leave this life. I like that. It fits.

I found the song on the outskirts of YouTube. Way beyond the city lights. Out along the dusty back roads that wind for miles through cornfields and wooded valleys dotted with dead farmhouses. A hidden gem buried beneath the Internet's mountain of content.

The woman who made the song goes by the name Vikki T. She’s the manager, treasurer, and correspondence secretary for an organization called Cosmic Awareness Communications, based in Olympia, Washington. Since the 1960s (and earlier if you count the group’s original incarnation), CAC has been sending out spiritual newsletters to hundreds of thousands of subscribers all over the world. I’ve been researching the organization’s story for quite a while, but that’s for another time.

For now, I’m just here to share this piece of art. Give it a watch. Give it a listen. Let me know if you, too, find yourself in another dimension.

I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you.

Yawp

Music and books

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store