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.
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.