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Jesus Christ Morningstar
Artist: ApologetiX
Label: Independent
Length: 18 tracks/ 70:24 minutes

ApologetiX are known as "That Christian parody band" and have put out 3 albums of parodies of popular rock songs from the sixties through the nineties.  Their latest release Jesus Christ Morningstar is a "rock opera" of sorts that chronicles the life of Christ using parodies of songs by the Eagles, Don McLean, The Beatles, Aerosmith, The Beach Boys and many more.  With 18 tracks and just over 70 minutes of music this album is chock full of music.

The music is really well done and the vocals on some of the songs are really close.  The true mark of this band is the creativeness of J. John Jackson who writes all the lyrics.  He has a really talent at making the lyrics fit perfectly with the original version of the songs, almost like he is writing an original tune without having to fit it in to someone else's music.  For an independent release, the production values are really high and the quality is great.  The only negative to this band is that they have a limited chance of making a larger impact because the band is to often dismissed as a comedy or novelty act when the lyrics are rarely meant to be funny, but rather talk about biblical truths and Christian teachings.  Overall, ApologetiX make great use of their talents, and make a great album.  Its to bad the novelty is hard to get past.

Aaron Bell 10/23/99

Track Listing:

  • Song/Original Song/Original artist
  • "Hotel Can't Afford Ya" - "Hotel California" - The Eagles
  • "Go Right Now" - "All Right Now" - Free
  • "Apostle Me" - "Rock n' Me" - Steve Miller Band
  • "Jesus (Sermon on the Mount)" - "Venus" - Shocking Blue
  • "Temple Physician" - "Pinball Wizard" - The Who
  • "Love & Kisses" - "Rock and Roll All Nite" - Kiss
  • "Parable Guy" - "American Pie" - Don McLean
  • "I'll Prepare for You" - "I'll Be There For You" - The Rembrandts
  • "I Have to Die First" - "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
  • "Didn't Just Die" - "Live and Let Die" - Paul McCartney and Wings
  • "Died and Rose" - "China Grove" - Doobie Brothers
  • "You May Be Bright" - "You May Be Right" - Billy Joel
  • "LSF" - "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" - Beatles
  • "Spirit Inside" - "Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
  • "Walk His Way" - "Walk the Way" - Aerosmith
  • "John 1:1" - "Fun, Fun, Fun" - Beach Boys
  • "Narrow Way to Heaven" - "Stairway to Heaven" - Led Zeppelin

  • "Fakey Shakey Parts" - "Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus
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