In American popular music, there’s always been a fine line between the sacred and the secular. On this episode of the Dystopian Dance Party podcast, we talk about a few of the songs for which that line is finer than most: nominally “secular” songs with the lyrical and/or stylistic underpinnings of gospel music. Just in time for Easter weekend!
As always, show notes are below, along with a Spotify playlist for those of you who want to hear the songs without our standard jibber-jabber.
00:05:00 “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum (from Spirit in the Sky, 1969)
00:07:32 Trailer for Michael (1996) Starring John Travolta, with Prominent Use of “Spirit in the Sky”
00:24:05 “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison (from All Things Must Pass)
00:24:15 “My Sweet Lord” vs. “He’s So Fine” by the Chiffons
00:27:00 “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go” by Curtis Mayfield (from Curtis, 1970)
00:43:28 Nick Mason Wants His Pie with No Crust (from Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii, 1974)
01:16:27 “Deanna” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (from Tender Prey, 1988)
01:19:31 “The Last in Line” by Dio (from The Last in Line, 1984)
01:26:24 “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake (from Whitesnake, 1987)
01:29:09 Excerpt from Gene Simmons’ Sex Tape featuring “I Want to Know What Love Is” (WARNING: Not Safe for Work or Human Consumption)
01:52:09 “I Luh God” by Erica Campbell featuring Big Shizz (from Help 2.0, 2014)