Monday, April 18, 2011

Spirit in the Sky

In honor of Holy Week, I am featuring the very small collection of religious-themed rock songs that don't suck.

Since not sucking is a subjective judgment, your mileage may vary. Feel free to comment, either on the religious themes of the songs, or the degree of suckage (or lack thereof). I'm still recovering from a family vacation, however, so I may not see your comment right away.

Here is the incomparable Norman Greenbaum with his biggest hit:

In case you were wondering, yes, Mr. Greenbaum is Jewish (but then again, so was Jesus).


James L. Greenlee said...

It's funny how many "Jesus Rock" songs there were in the 70s. I always thought about making a compilation, and I'm very nearly an atheist!

Ordinary Jill said...

I suspect the Jesus rock songs were related to the Jesus Freak movement. Back in the 1970s, the term Jesus Freak referred specifically to a young person of hippie appearance who adhered to what we would now call a New Age Christian spiritualist movement. They made Christianity cool and rebellious again.