Tuesday, May 30, 2006
I picked up a copy of an album by ApologetiX called Keep the Change, and I've had a blast listening to it.
ApologetiX writes parodies of classic and modern rock songs, turning them into Christian messages. For example, the Bee Gees' classic, "Stayin' Alive" becomes "Stay in the Light," and Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" becomes "Old Time Romans Road." Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" is transformed into "The Real Sin Savior."
As you can tell from these titles, they belt out an evangelistic Christian message. They challenge evolution in their remake of the theme from the "Monkees," which they call "Monkey Scheme." They talk about the Second Coming of Jesus in "Mama Told Me (What's to Come)," a parody of Three Dog Night's "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)." They encourage bold preaching in "Be Bold Jeremiah," a remake of Steve Miller Band's "Jet Airliner."
Probably their best song artistically is their version of Elton John's "Daniel," which they also title "Daniel," but the lyrics have the emperor who threw Daniel into the lions' den bemoaning his actions:
"Daniel's with lions tonight in a cave
I can see their red pale eyes testin' his faith
Oh, and I can see Daniel waitin' to die
God, it looks like Daniel-- won't be around in my life..."
The album has 19 songs, and they do a remarkable job at imitating the rock 'n' roll originals. As you can tell from the lines from "Daniel," their lyrics are extremely close to the original, yet with a radically different message. The quality of singing and musical instrumentation make the album both entertaining and throught-provoking.
The band says, "Of course, in ApologetiX, we change lyrics just as Christ changes lives. And we think both changes are worth keeping." I quite agree!
ApologetiX is made up of J. John Jackson, Karl Vaughn Messner, Keith "Stan" Haynie, and Bill "Veal" Rieger. You can learn more about them at www.apologetix.com.