I made the decision a while ago to focus on positive things and to not find bands (and other music related things) to poke fun at.
But then I ran across this great website, Satan’s Music, and felt compelled to write a post about it. This is great stuff. Click on the link and snoop around for your favorite band. I’ll wait until you get back
Really I shouldn’t make fun of the gentleman who wrote this because he really does know his shit about the occult, satanism, witchcraft, etc. I’m guessing he may be more knowledgeable than Aleister Crowley, Jimmy Page and Anton LaVey put together, but I just can’t help thinking that he’s a little misguided.
Sure, all the normal heavy hitters are here: Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, Marilyn Manson, Justin Beiber. Those are the guys we know are into Satan. There’s never been any doubt about this. Just looking at the imagery or reading into their beliefs and interests shows that they were interested in Gothic imagery, the occult, Satanism or were, in fact, the devil himself.
But then there are a lot of artists on this list that I was surprised to see. Elton John is a favorite of mine and I never really thought of him as ‘devil’ music. To be honest I’ve always thought of him as being more toward the side of God. This site let me know that the reference to ‘The howling old owl in the woods’ from “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was actually a reference to Satan. I wonder if Bernie Taupin knows this.
I’m not going to burn my copy of Yellow Brick Road after reading that, but it is interesting to know.
There are a few fallacies here. An article about industrial thrash band Ministry has them supporting the George HW Bush’s New World Order and the Illuminati when a cursory listen to their music reveals more satirical and antagonistic views of these organizations. And they could really use a fact checker. They have Johnny Cash singing several Glenn Danzig songs, but in fact he’s only sung one. I would be interested in helping out.
There are a few bands I was surprised to see: Eminem, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, DC Talk, Selena Gomez, The Eagles, The Dixie Chicks and U2. I did know Freddy Mercury was evil because, you know, AIDS.
I can’t believe this dude missed Robert Johnson. I mean, that dude was the first ‘rock’ musician to sell his soul to the devil and you could tell because he played like a motherfucker! I have a hard time believing that most modern artists could have sold their souls because very few can play or write tunes that great.
I don’t really know where I wanted to go with this post. I guess I just find it really frustrating to consider myself a Christian when people like the author of this site, Ken Hamm and Kim Davis make it seem like all Christians are hateful, ignorant, racists who think the world is flat and anyone who disagrees with them is evil. I hope I don’t have to tell you that this is not the case.
I believe in Jesus Christ and that he was the son of God. I believe in the Apostle’s Creed. I believe that the important parts of the bible are where Jesus tells us to be good to each other and love one another.
I don’t believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis, and I’m not entirely sure why it matters so much. I don’t have a problem with gay marriage and I’m not sure why we focus so much on that when no one cares about divorce or eating pork or shrimp or any of the other archaic laws in Leviticus. I often find myself curious as to what people get out of writing sites like this or protesting gay weddings. Are they looking for a better spot in heaven? Aren’t all spots in heaven pretty awesome?
I do believe that the Swedish band Ghost is satanic as most of their songs are about Satan. I still like them though, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Listening to Ghost doesn’t make me a devil worshiper any more than watching a slasher movie makes me a serial killer. It’s all in good fun and I can’t help but feel that if God had a problem with it, he’d let me know.
I’ve really been wanting to do a ‘Politics & Religion’ blog for some time, but just can’t seem to get the ball rolling. I know this is a little bit of a scatterbrained post, but let me know what you think of it. Hopefully I can write about those topics more in the future, but do it in the context of rock and roll.