Thursday, August 17, 2006

Adventures of jesus the mexican astronaut

Play it: The New Adventures of Jesus

This week, The Onion AV Club put together a fabulous mixtape of songs that use the second coming as a starting point (sort of.) ZZ Top's (13-bar blues) "Jesus Just Left Chicago" is the obvious launching point in this endeaver ("took a jog through Missippi, muddy water turned to wine," but it bobs and weaves through modern interpretations and ireverent "what if's." It ends with a plea from a heroin addict (Velvet Underground's "Jesus") which made me wonder why leave out The Flaming Lips' "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" and have him join in? Perhaps that's taking the thought too far... but this is The Onion we're talking about here.

Other inclusions I took the liberty of including are "Jesus the Mexican Boy" (by Iron & Wine) because coming back south of the border seems appropriate, and Supergrass' "Jesus Came From Outer Space" because... well... the second coming doesn't appear to be too soon, and if Christianity's gonna survive in the space age, a messiah-naut might just do the trick.

The Onion's AV Club New Adventures of Jesus

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1 comment:

drake leLane said...

The New Adventures of Jesus

# "Jesus Just Left Chicago" - ZZ Top
# "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City" - Harry Nilsson
# "Can't Hardly Wait" - The Replacements
# "Jesus Of Suburbia " - Green Day
# "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam" - The Vaselines
# "Christ For President" - Billy Bragg & Wilco
# "Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader" - Skip James
# "Jesus (Don't Touch My Baby)" - Ryan Adams
# "Jesus Gonna Be Here" - Tom Waits
# "Jesus Was Way Cool" - King Missile
# "Jesus Built My Hotrod" - Ministry
# "Jesus, Take The Wheel" - Carrie Underwood
# "Walkin' With Jesus" - Spacemen 3
# "Jesus" - Velvet Underground
# "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" - The Flaming Lips
# "Jesus The Mexican Boy" - Iron And Wine
# "Jesus Came From Outta Space" - Supergrass
# "Jesus At My Elbow" - Pilot