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Way back in the day (by “the day” I’m referring to the ’70s, specifically 1977) a long-haired blonde guy named Larry Norman recorded a parody album of “religious” pop songs which were getting airplay on radio everywhere. Being a Christian with a sense of humor (something which was and is oddly rare) his take on these songs was both disrespectful and funny. The album was called “Streams of White Light Into Darkened Corners”.

Norman started off with a cover of the Norman Greenbaum song, “Spirit in the Sky”, a pop song written by a Jewish artist who wanted to write a “religious rock song”. Instead of using a Jewish word for God, he used “Jesus” because he thought it would be more marketable.

Norman’s version, however, didn’t have marketing in mind.

This is the first track of the album. The rest follow if you let them auto-play. My personal favorite is the George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” parody, especially the last minute or so. “…etc., etc., etc., etc., etc!…”

 

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