I love apologetics--defending the Christian faith in a logical, reasonable manner. I also love ApologetiX, that Christian parody band, the Weird Al for the sanctified set (his drummer even played on one of their albums). Actually it's more accurate to call them the modern Martin Luther Band, because he took popular drinking tunes and made beloved hymns out of them by writing new lyrics. While I doubt that churches in 400 years will be singing Narrow Way to Heaven (Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven) or Enter Samson (Metallica's Enter Sandman), my wife certainly enjoys They Say We Were Monkeys (The Monkee's Hey, Hey We're The Monkees).
That's all in the past, though--ApologetiX has just released a new record called Grace Period and it's completely original music. Nah, just kidding. Once again, ApologetiX offers parodies for the whole family. You'll recognize golden oldies by The Monkees, The Beatles and the Beach Boys, newer songs by Bruce Springsteen, Blue Oyster Cult, Rush and Styx, along with hits from current bands like Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Linkin Park, Uncle Kracker, Train and Alien Ant Farm. The latter's remake of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, which is then parodied as Smooth Grandmama, may be the most hilarious song on Grace Period. How can you not love lyrics like "Granny karaokes / to old tapes / of Sandi Patti"?
Maybe you're concerned that you have to be a fan of secular music to enjoy this record, but that's not the case. ApologetiX is a talented band in their own right, and I especially enjoyed Corinthians, despite not knowing the original song (Linkin Park's In The End). I think this may be the best effort by ApologetiX yet--any "best of" will have to include past classics like Bethlehemian Rhapsody (Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody), All The Stalls Stink (Noah's ark version of Blink-182's All The Small Things) and Parable Guy (Don McLean's American Pie), but there are plenty of great songs on Grace Period.
Today is my birthday, so please order this CD immediately. However, keep it for yourself because I already have a copy. Then go visit my Contend 4 The Faith site for another kind of apologetics. Thank you!