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September 25, 2015 9:33 AM   Subscribe

 
Yes, that sounds like contemporary Christian "rock" with a Roman twist. Not quite ready for the laser show though.
posted by klangklangston at 9:42 AM on September 25, 2015


WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH TODAY.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:44 AM on September 25, 2015 [38 favorites]


Was just about to post this. Buried in the RS story is the fact that one of the artists behind the record is Tony Pagliuca, one of the founders of Le Orme. So, consider me very excited about this.
posted by jbickers at 9:45 AM on September 25, 2015




The Pontiff is totally crushing it this week. Your move, Beyoncé.
posted by tonycpsu at 9:52 AM on September 25, 2015 [9 favorites]


Considering his accent, should have made a italo record instead. It could look like this.
posted by lmfsilva at 9:53 AM on September 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


I want the Pope to go full on Italian prog, then tour with Goblin.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:54 AM on September 25, 2015 [21 favorites]


I want him to do a duet with Papa Emeritus III. Perhaps Body and Blood?
posted by Existential Dread at 9:57 AM on September 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


Boy, whoever wrote out that track list did not give a damn about spelling.
posted by gubo at 10:01 AM on September 25, 2015


Today is what it's like to drop acid or have a stroke, right?
posted by gauche at 10:01 AM on September 25, 2015 [11 favorites]


waiting patently for the inevitable mashup with either Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go or Avicii's Wake me up
posted by bigendian at 10:05 AM on September 25, 2015


OK, I just listened to this again ... are they saying that's really his singing voice around the 4-minute mark? Really? Or did they just Autotune the holy shit out of it?
posted by jbickers at 10:10 AM on September 25, 2015


Tim DeLaughter is pissed off that somebody stole his shtick.
posted by scruss at 10:12 AM on September 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


wait, this is real?
posted by lownote at 10:13 AM on September 25, 2015


It's the synchronized moves of the Popettes behind him that really sell it.
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:13 AM on September 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


Tim DeLaughter is pissed off that somebody stole his shtick.

(In thick, Irish accent) "This is a song that the Polyphonic Spree stole from the Vatican ... we're stealin' it BACK!"
posted by jbickers at 10:16 AM on September 25, 2015 [6 favorites]


I love this guy more every day.
posted by saulgoodman at 10:17 AM on September 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Needs a Roger Dean cover.
posted by drezdn at 10:19 AM on September 25, 2015 [4 favorites]


I'm going to make a reference that only a tiny number of people will get, only to amuse myself. Indulge me.

He's the Jim Schoenfeld of Popes.
posted by davebush at 10:22 AM on September 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


This actually pretty good, not even in some kind of ironic, snark way.
Also as good an excuse as any to link to Ad Gloriam by Le Orme.
posted by Damienmce at 10:25 AM on September 25, 2015


For me, whether this is any good is incidental. The fact that it exists is amazing enough.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:29 AM on September 25, 2015 [6 favorites]


\m/
posted by SansPoint at 10:35 AM on September 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


I grew up Catholic, and I just have to say: a Mass-sayer with a decent singing voice is actually the strangest thing about this entire project.
posted by gnomeloaf at 10:38 AM on September 25, 2015 [11 favorites]


I read that as "Prong-inspired". Wishful thinking, I guess.
posted by ryanshepard at 10:40 AM on September 25, 2015 [4 favorites]


For me, whether this is any good is incidental. The fact that it exists is amazing enough.

Yeah, it's kind of nice to see an artist with the clout and guts to break the hackneyed, mandatory rock-and-roll lifestyle mold. It's so frustrating how much rock and roll has become an instrument for imposing and enforcing a sort of by-the-numbers counter-cultural conformity. Everybody I have ever known who has any creative ambitions feels obliged to play the cultural role of rock star/artist in the same insipid, uninspiring way. It's such a freaking boring and homogeneous culture. Anything that pushes against the norms makes me happy. And this is abnormal as all get-out.
posted by saulgoodman at 10:43 AM on September 25, 2015


gnomeloaf:
"I grew up Catholic, and I just have to say: a Mass-sayer with a decent singing voice is actually the strangest thing about this entire project."
Try being in the music group at a church where priest has a fantastic singing voice. "Wait, we're doing the entire Exsultet? Even the stuff about the bees?"
posted by charred husk at 10:43 AM on September 25, 2015 [11 favorites]


By the way, I'm not saying there's a Hell and that you're going there if you end up pirating this album upon release. But I'm also not taking that chance.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:46 AM on September 25, 2015 [7 favorites]


I want the Pope to go full on Italian Prog . . .

Oh, rat own, daddio, PFM fronted by White Francis himself.

Tho I preferred those collaboration albums by popes John-Paul and George-Ringo.
 
posted by Herodios at 10:53 AM on September 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


I guess this explains why he ended his speech at the UN with "Check out my mixtape on Soundcloud."
posted by mhum at 10:57 AM on September 25, 2015 [7 favorites]


Maybe Boehner quit because he's going to become his hype man.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:01 AM on September 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


(Long-time prog-rock nerds have always suspected that PFM did not actually stand for Premiata Forneria Marconi, but "Pope Francis, Motherf%$*&rs!")
posted by jbickers at 11:04 AM on September 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


Having grown up Catholic I simply have no words. The guy's on Twitter (@Pontifex), he's got a new album out, he isn't Ratzinger, he's New Popetm. Mind = blown.
posted by tommasz at 11:46 AM on September 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


"Wait, we're doing the entire Exsultet? Even the stuff about the bees?"

The Exsultet is totally the prog rock of the Easter Liturgy. "Thi-i-i-i-is i-i-s the night" is the plainsong equivalent of a ten-minute guitar solo.

Okay, now I'm sad that there isn't a cover of the Exsultet done by Dream Theater for my rector to refuse to let me get a band together and play at the Great Vigil.
posted by straight at 11:47 AM on September 25, 2015


It's very Danzig at the beginning there.
posted by TheCoug at 11:50 AM on September 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


This guy. If this Pope had been around when I was a kid, well, let's just say my fourteen years of Catholic school would have ended on a more optimistic note.
posted by Capt. Renault at 11:55 AM on September 25, 2015


Your favourite Pope sucks.

(Signed, Luther)
posted by Devonian at 11:58 AM on September 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


There needs to be a team-up with The Pope and Christopher Lee for some ecclesiastical prog metal. Naysayers will point out that Lee supposedly died in June, but considering half the team is the world's foremost proponent of resurrection and the other half is muhfackin' Dracula, there's NO EXCUSES GUYS
posted by FatherDagon at 11:58 AM on September 25, 2015 [9 favorites]


To much rock for just one Pope! \m/ \m/

Seriously though, don't answer my prayers by getting Bayner to quit, be culturally progressive (by church standards), return to a hard left church so much that my wife even said this morning, "If he keeps up with this, even I might have to convert to Catholocism." Seriously, this is too much direct marketing.
posted by Nanukthedog at 12:02 PM on September 25, 2015


Maybe Boehner quit because he's going to become his hype man.

The band vamps behind him as Boehner straightens his orange necktie and steps up to the mic . . .

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Saint Paul's Basilisk . . . Home of the Homilies Sanctuary of the Saints Crib of the Cross Pad of the Primates Hangout of His Holiness . . . It's a beautiful evening here in the Vatican does every one feel alright? I can't hear you I said does everyone feel alright? Alright! And now . . . The moment you've all been waiting for! Will you welcome . . . The Bishop of Rome . . . The Vicar of Jesus Christ . . . The Successor of the Prince of the Apostles . . . The Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church . . The Primate of Italy . . .The Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province . . . The Sovereign of the Vatican City State . . . The Servant of the servants of God . . .The wearah of the tiarah . . The man in white . . . A great entertainer and a great humanitarian . . . My good friend for the past twenty years. . . The hardest working man in Christendom . . . Give it up for . . . Pope! Francis! Pope! Francis! Pope! Fraaaaaaaanciiiiiiiis!
 
posted by Herodios at 12:06 PM on September 25, 2015 [5 favorites]


"You are Francis, and upon this Prog-Rock, I will trip out My Church."
posted by Capt. Renault at 12:10 PM on September 25, 2015 [5 favorites]


I can't wait for the William Shatner cover
posted by numaner at 12:11 PM on September 25, 2015


In my professional opinion as a former altar boy, This would sound particularly trippy in a Cathedral, under candlelight, at midnight.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 12:38 PM on September 25, 2015


Also related and notworthy, this is not the first time the pope has been a rock and roller.
posted by saulgoodman at 1:19 PM on September 25, 2015


I want him to cover Waylon Jennings "Are You Sure [Frank] Done It This Way?"
posted by drezdn at 1:24 PM on September 25, 2015


Damn it! I missed the Pope's secret show at Saint Vitus Bar last night. Too many shows to go to in this damn town.
posted by SansPoint at 1:54 PM on September 25, 2015


...what the aitch-eee-double-hockey-sticks did I just listen to?
posted by magstheaxe at 1:59 PM on September 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Popesi Blue?

No, this is awesome.
posted by Ruki at 2:31 PM on September 25, 2015


Sursum power-Corda.
posted by Capt. Renault at 2:58 PM on September 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


Papa Rock
posted by L.P. Hatecraft at 4:06 PM on September 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


Wow. I wonder if my catholic parents will be rocking this.

Personally would have done the "Wake Up" single as a cover of the Philly Soul classic.
posted by p3t3 at 5:16 PM on September 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


I wish I knew what Father Guido Sarducci thinks of all this.
posted by Spatch at 11:13 PM on September 25, 2015 [4 favorites]


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