Now I have to say, as is fitting for the tone of this month's featured book, this Top Ten was quite fun to put together. In case you had forgotten, this week the CSFF Blog Tour is looking at Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos, so of course, I am happy to present for your, um, entertainment... the Top Ten Imaginary Jesuses:
10. Martin Harley: Chocolate Jesus
A Tom Waites song covered by a Welsh slide guitarist. You didn't even know they had those in Wales did you?
9. Scatterbrain: Mexican Jesus
All together now: Every Top Ten needs at least seven minutes of psychadelic hallucinatory electronica...
8. Green Day: Jesus Of Suburbia
Is it me, or do all Green Day's songs sound the same? Oh yes, there are some very naughty words in some versions of this song. Green Day, wash your moths out with soap and water!
7. Ben Mono feat Jemeni: Jesus Was A B-Boy
I'm not sure I remember B-Boy Jesus in the book, but he sounds pretty cool!
6. Ugly Kid Joe: Jesus Rode A Harley
Harley Jesus, on the other hand, was definitely in there!
5. Hawksley Workman: Google Jesus
Which is not only a cool and slightly surreal name for a song, but also, by a curious coincidence, how I came across most of these songs...
4. The Levellers: Plastic Jeezus
English folk-punk cover of an American folk song about a dashboard Jesus.
3. Johnny Cash: Personal Jesus
This Depeche Mode song was pretty much the first thing to come to mind when I started this, but then I found this great cover....
2. Ministry: Jesus Built My Hotrod
Because nobody with a good car needs to be justified.
1. King Missile: Jesus was Way cool
This is a fun little song, some of the lyrics are great, but it's here because it sums up the same sort of distorted image of Jesus that Imaginary Jesus is all about.
NB: All songs in this Top Ten are about imaginary Jesuses, and their lyrics do not reflect the theological position of this blog, the CSFF Blog Tour, or indeed anyone else.
Here's your Spotify playlist: Imaginary Jesus Top Ten. If you're not Spotified, have a look through these blogs as you wonder what musical gems you may be missing:
Brandon Barr Keanan Brand Grace Bridges Beckie Burnham Valerie Comer R. L. Copple Amy Cruson CSFF Blog Tour Stacey Dale D. G. D. Davidson Jeff Draper
April Erwin Andrea Graham Tori Greene Becky Jesse Cris Jesse Jason Joyner Julie Carol Keen Krystine Kercher Dawn King Leighton Rebecca LuElla Miller John W. Otte Donita K. Paul Crista Richey Chawna Schroeder Rachel Starr Thomson Fred Warren Phyllis Wheeler KM Wilsher
Fun post! I had no idea there were so many songs with Jesus in the title...aside from the usual Christian fare, of course.
I love that Johnny Cash cover of "Personal Jesus" and listened to it often during the writing of IJ.
I also found Ben Fold's "Jesusland" fascinating and fun.
I originally had a whole set of songs linked into the second section of the book, but copyright issues would have made it ridiculously expensive to publish. So I dropped them. Thanks for the great collection of Jesus songs!
Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you guys enjoy my tangential contributions to the tour!
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