Monday, February 15, 2010

Is Bono a Catholic?

Say what you like about the Roman Catholic church, of which I am by no means a whole-hearted admirer, it has left a magnificent cultural legacy.

But until now Devil's Music has not really fallen within its purview. Until now, when the Vatican's official newspaper has opted for one of those easy space fillers all newspapers reach for from time to time with its list of its top ten rock and pop milestones.

It is as predictably wrong-headed as you would expect from the Vatican. While some of the press commentary has focused upon the marginally interesting fact that the church has "endorsed" a bunch of hell-raisers and drug takers - it has done no such thing of course, no more than my admiration for Dante means I share his religious views - the more interesting is that one could see why many of the artists would appeal to the Roman Catholic church.

The Beatles/Oasis - not nearly as good as their admirers like to think.
Fleetwood Mac/Pink Floyd - have amassed an undue amount of wealth and influence through peddling the most preposterous overblown nonsense to the misguided and gullible.
U2 - same as above but fronted by a man who appears to believe he is in direct contact with God.
Michael Jackson - I cannot think of anything he may have in common with the Catholic Church.

You want a good song about Catholicism? Here's the best.

Get in line in that processional
Step into that small confessional
There, the guy who's got religion'll
Tell you if your sin's original

If it is, try playin' it safer
Drink the wine and chew the wafer
Two, four, six, eight
Time to transubstantiate.

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