Hey Mr DJ: Resurrection Edition

Welcome to Good Friday. One of the few major Christian observances that does not involve gift-giving or indulgence in pagan traditions. You don’t have to put any trees in your house or hide any eggs in the backyard (until Sunday anyway).

That’s right. Today is all about celebrating Jesus’s horrible torture and death at the hands of the Jews the Romans Mel Gibson. It didn’t end there, of course. He got better.

Jesus somehow went from being an obscure figure who was crucified in a persecuted backwater region of the Roman Empire to its official living God three centuries later. This is without a doubt one of the unlikeliest things that has ever happened in human history.

So I think it’s fitting to select music this week that reflects upon the fantastic, miraculous, and just damned unlikely.

1. Back from the Dead, Assholes: Artists with famous comebacks, artists believed to have died but possibly still around (surely you can find at least one Elvis or Tupac track, can’t you?), those who are in fact deceased, and of course: ZOMBIES. Nothing wrong with getting literal.

2. I Selflessly Did It for You, You Stupid Ingrates: Songs about martyrdom, real or exaggerated. People who found greater glory after death or (hilariously) those who simply overestimated their own genius.

3. Easter Eggs: Do you know of any songs with trivia or hidden stories about them? It doesn’t have to be super-obscure, just something to make others say, “hmm” and then run to Wikipedia to call you out.

Bad Egg Bonus: Think of the artists who were the greatest, most famous, and the richest. Now think about how they turned it all into shit. Bieber is just starting on this path and Lohan already sanctified it. Remember that Judas was once as close to Jesus as could be. Then he blew it. Yes. I want those who got close enough to God to kiss him and then hung themselves, career-wise.

pfluffy: Brother by Alice in Chains. #3: Ann Wilson from Heart performs the backup vocals on the chorus. Yes, you knew that.

Mississippi Yankee: Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus. Bad Egg Bonus. Once a hugely popular country star with a number one song (really!), and now known for everything he touches turning to utter suck, including Miley. The video is just…painful. The mullet, the women, the Chuck Berry dancing…God save us.

Iconoclast: Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix. #2: Like most members of the 27 Club, he was much more appreciated after death.

working_man: Boss of Me by David Bowie. #1: A fine comeback album.

Santino: The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage by Panic! at the Disco. #2: Clearly so.

WVR: Immortality by Pearl Jam. #3: This song is frequently rumored to be Eddie Vedder’s commentary on the death and legacy of Kurt Cobain.

Biggie G: The Becoming by NIN. #3: The Downward Spiral was recorded at Roman Polanski’s old house in which the Manson Family committed its famous massacre.

InsipiD: Rocket Queen by Guns N Roses. #3: The woman moaning in ecstasy halfway through the song? Axl was really banging her in the recording studio. They apparently specifically set it up as they wanted that for a song.

stogy: All I have for you is this. It brought me joy this week when I discovered it and that is what a Life with Christ is all about.

Harley: Eulogy by Tool. #1: It’s in honor of Dead American Hero Bill Hicks. Also one of my favorite headphone songs.

CM: Megalomaniac by Incubus. #2: A song about somebody or other who is obviously not Jesus or Elvis.

Here’s a link to the playlist, since half the songs won’t play by copyright restriction.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    the only reason it doesn’t involve gifts or pagan tradition is because everybody ignores it. “Good Friday” is just another day at work…

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  2. InsipiD

    1: The obvious choice. Tupac at Coachella 2012. Also, Chapelle’s Tupac resurrection.

    3: Walk Away Renee by The Left Banke. I love stories like this. This song was written by a teenage kid about the girlfriend of one of the other guys in the band. He thought she was so hot that he couldn’t play when she was around. I’m sure that there was some jealousy in that band. Speaking of in-band jealousy, nobody could do it like that kid-diddler John Phillips and his the Mamas & the Papas. Singer Denny Doherty was banging John’s wife Michelle, Cass Elliot wanted desperately to bang Doherty, and Phillips knew that the band could afford to lose Michelle (temporarily out), but not the talented Doherty. Instead, he wrote this song about the whole in-band jealousy and unrequited love. It was a hit, therefore guaranteeing that everyone involved had to sing a song in concert about their own indiscretions.

    In-band #3s are an ongoing tradition.

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  3. Seattle Outcast

    An appropriate song for the day would be “All You Zombies” by the Hooters, as jeebus was the first zombie…

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  4. pfluffy

    Ann Wilson from Heart performs the backup vocals on the chorus. Yes, you knew that.

    Indeed she was, and the guy screaming over the cacophony on this one is Chris Cornell.

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  5. pfluffy

    Anyone remember Adam Ant? Nah didn’t think so. Well he’s back after 17 years with the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter

    Very cool song, stogy. I loved Adam Ant back in the 80’s. I had no idea he was still around.

    Here’s one for the Bonus:

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  6. stogy

    Oh yeah. And Zombie Eaters, by Faith no More. Make sure you go past 2 minutes for the real FNM sound…

    I remember that Mike Patton was once arrested for beating up a girl student reporter. She handcuffed herself to him in order to get an interview, and he pretty much flipped out. A lot of women’s groups protested at his shows after that. While think no-one ever deserves to get beaten, you gotta be pretty stupid to handcuff yourself to a nutcase like Mike Patton.

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  7. pfluffy

    Here’s a metaphysical opus about death and rebirth from Jane’s Addiction and one of my favorite songs. It’s not your Grandma’s Good Friday.

    Easter Egg Bonus: In case you always wondered: The band’s name “Jane’s Addiction” was in honor of Perry Farrell’s roommate.

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  8. CM

    stogy: All I have for you is this. It brought me joy this week when I discovered it and that is what a Life with Christ is all about.

    LMAO. That’s the best thing I’ve seen all week.

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  9. pfluffy

    Serial killer returned from the dead, what’s not to love?

    Easter Eggs: Iggy Pop on vocals; song featured in PlayStation 2 title Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

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  10. working_man

    Mostly #1 but possibly a bit of #2 as well (sounds like I just got out of the John – oh!)

    Marianne Faithful had been living on the streets just before she made this album which arguably is her magnum opus….

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  11. working_man

    Sort of a number 3….Timothy by The Buoys. Infamous as it is nice piece of power pop ear candy from 1971 which happens to be about 3 trapped miners where 2 eat the third to survive….

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  12. Mississippi Yankee

    This must be MY on the rag day butt…

    This is without a doubt one of the unlikeliest things that has ever happened in human history.

    A deity created from whole cloth? Have you not seen ANY news in the past 5 friggin’ years?

    And as much as “Achy Breaky Heart” made most of us cringe (for years) ol’ Billy Ray found someone to not only manage his earnings but to also turn his daughter Miley (again cringe-worthy) into someone wealthier than God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Ghost (old-school) too. Not to mix metaphors but I must give the devil his due.

    As a #3 submission:
    Shel Silverstein (an absolete genius) wrote Dr. Hook’s fist hit (and many others) From a past ‘loves labors lost’. Both he and Mrs. Avery have admitted that Sylvia was the only woman Shel ever loved.

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