Friday, April 14, 2006

Jesus and Bono, together at last

In spite of his god-complex, U2's Bono has never been directly associated with religion...until today.

According to CNN, a Rhode Island church is literally blasting U2's music in an effort to tempt teenaged potential parishioners to join the fold.
  • Ushers handed out earplugs and fluorescent glow sticks for the "U2 Eucharist," a communion service punctuated by the Irish rock band's music. Episcopal parishes from California to Maine have hosted similar events, weaving U2's tunes -- laced with biblical references -- into the liturgy. Streamers flew over worshippers' heads at the recent gathering in Providence. Children danced by the altar. Plasma-screen TVs illuminated the gothic sanctuary. Some people sang and clapped, while a few looked puzzled.

What's so puzzling about that?

While America's youth are worshipping to the peppy dance beats of the ultra-religious "Discotheque" ("You know you're chewing bubble gum/You know what that is but you still want some/You just can't get enough of that lovey-dovey stuff"), other bands have decided to get into the action.
  • Reaching the urban audience, Tupac Shakur (who knows a thing or two about resurrection himself) spreads the word of the lord with his "Only God Can Judge Me" ("Perhaps I was blind to the facts, stabbed in the back/I couldn't trust my own homies--just a bunch a dirty rats/Will I, succeed, paranoid from the weed/And hocus pocus try to focus but I can't see")
  • The Sex Pistols have reunited to perform "God Save The Queen"...for the Pope and a number of smelly punks and jaded Gen-Xers.
Any other godly bands I missed?

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