I was never a big X-FILES fan. I've seen maybe three episodes. Don't get me wrong, I think the show's concept is excellent. Kinda reminds me of NIGHT STALKER meets the TWILIGHT ZONE. But ...I am a big CYBER-PUNK SCIENCE FICTION fan, Bruce Sterling, Neil Stephenson, Greg Bear and especially Mr. Neuromancer himself- William Gibson.
Sometimes when I am having a rough time working on a song, I'll read a little bit. It helps to arrest any writers-block. Anyway, William Gibson was doing a reading at the University Bookstore in Seattle, I worked there and I was friends with the stores events person. After the reading she introduced me to Mr. Gibson and I gave him a signed copy of my bands CD - KILL SWITCH...KLICK "deGENERATE." Our band, KILL SWITCH...KLICK formed in 1992, and by that time had become fairly successful in the electronic & industrial underground. deGENERATE was our third album.
I told Mr. Gibson how his work was an inspiration, etc. etc. He looked at the cover and said "Yea, I can see my influence", referring to the virtual screaming face on the cover. He thanked me and that was that.
About three months later a friend of mine, and a BIG X-FILES fan came into work and says, "Hey did you see YOUR X-FILES episode last night?" I said, "What the fuck are you talking about." He continued,"It was an episode William Gibson wrote. It was called KILL SWITCH." He knew about my giving the CD to Mr. Gibson. I was shocked. "Your kidding."
"No man," he said, "it's was about this Artificial Intelligence that can only be killed by a CDR with a virus on it, called KILL SWITCH"
"Yea, and this goth girl called INVISIGOTH is one of the hackers trying to kill it."
"I'll have to catch it on rerun."
Months later when that episode aired again, I taped it. It was extremely cool knowing that William Gibson's influence on me, had come full circle back to him. It's was almost like some kind of "entertainment karma."
I originally came up with the band name Kill Switch (later adding the Klick) in 1991, while mowing grass for a landscape company on a big triple deck mower. These grass chewing beasts have what's called a "Kill Switch" (as does most non-key ignition machinery) to turn them off. I knew the name would be iconic for my project - but had no idea how many others would be influenced by it. Since the "Kill Switch" Episode aired, half a dozen bands, a major video game and a few miscellaneous websites came out using the word "Kill Switch" in them. It's a testament to the power of television and pop cultures constant cross pollination of words and ideas.