Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Blasphemy Mix

After hearing XTC's "Dear God" on the radio recently, I wondered if I could make a playlist featuring songs with somewhat similar, blasphemous themes (or at the very least, irreverent or light takes on religious topics in song). Here goes:

1. F_ck Christmas - Fear
2. No Resistin' A Christian - Brian Ritchie
3. Christ for President - Billy Bragg & Wilco
4. The Charging Sky - Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
5. Baby, Let's Be Methodists Tonight - Fish Karma
6. Bible Days - Jessica Lea Mayfield
7. Dance Like A Monkey - New York Dolls
8. Dear God - XTC
9. Merry Christmas from the Family - Robert Earl Keen
10. Dear God - Sarah McLachlan
11. I Have Forgiven Jesus (Live) - Morrissey
12. Personal Jesus - Marilyn Manson
13. Jesus Is Just Alright - The Doobie Brothers
14. Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam - The Vaselines
15. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
16. Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry
17. Hells Bells - AC/DC
18. God Gave Rock & Roll To You II - Kiss
19. Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden

Surprisingly, though, most of these are actually pretty good songs, to boot. I bet Richard Dawkins (or even Miranda C. Hale) would pay top dollar for this mix, no? The New York Dolls song, "Dance Like A Monkey," is about the battle over evolution, if you can believe it, and mentions the taking of that dispute to the Supreme Court. I picked the Marilyn Manson version of "Personal Jesus," instead of the original by Depeche Mode, simply for shock value. Most of the other selections are, of course, self explanatory (save for the Jenny Lewis selection, the themes of which merit its inclusion on this list.).


RHPT said...

You're going to hell for making this list. Plus, the cover of "dear god" by sarah is terrible. and I love me some sarah.

RHPT said...

Oh, and how about BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS by Depeche Mode or BUS STOP by Bowie's infamous Tin Machine?

rhpt said...

Oh! And let's not forget GOD by Tori Amos, with this lyric:

"God sometimes you just don't come through/Do you need a woman to look after you?"

Ryan V. said...

Just a few that came to me...

"Wake Up, Dead Man" -- U2

"Jesus in a Camper Van" -- Robbie Williams

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" -- Iron Maiden

"Sin Wagon" -- Dixie Chicks

"Supercharger Heaven" -- White Zombie

"Antichrist Superstar" -- Marilyn Manson

"God Hates Us All" -- Slayer

"Black Sabbath" -- Black Sabbath

"Prince of Darkness" -- Megadeath

"You're Gonna Burn in Hell" -- Twisted Sister

Unknown said...

This list is conspicuously missing the delightfully blasphemous “God Song” by Matching Mole.