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With the easter weekend coming up, we came across little language joke. Permuting the words of a sentence a bit will yield another perfectly good sentence with a slightly different meaning: Jesus ist für mich gestorben (Jesus died for me) can be shuffled to Für mich ist Jesus gestorben (As far as I’m concerned, Jesus doesn’t matter). Fun for all the family!

And while I’m in that festive mood, let me have a little shootout of secondary figures in the whole christian story: Jesus vs. Satan.

It may be surprising, but Jesus wins this one hands down. Here come the short playlists (just going by song titles as otherwise Satan would have the whole 13 track Get Behind Me Satan on his side; and after removing duplicate versions of the same song):

Jesus playlist

  1. The Flaming Lips: Thank You Jack White (for the fibre optic Jesus that you gave me)
  2. The Dandy Warhols: Hard On For Jesus
  3. Ash: Jesus Says
  4. Violent Femmes: Jesus Walking On The Water
  5. The Vaselines: Jesus wants me for a sunbeam
  6. Cake: Jesus Wrote a Blank Check
  7. Wilco: Jesus, etc.
  8. Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus
  9. Johnny Cash: Personal Jesus
  10. The Tiger Lillies: Jesus on the Windshield
  11. Funny van Dannen: Jesus
  12. Der Junge mit der Gitarre: Ich bin Jesus II

Satan Playlist

  1. Mogwai: Mogwai Fear Satan
  2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Satan Said Dance
  3. Idlewild: Satan polaroid
  4. Sigur Rós: Heysátan [I hope this one is correct]
  5. Cake: Satan is my motor
  6. Turbonegro: City of Satan

I’ll leave it to you to figure out what that means, whether the names are used seriously or to mock them, to feel sorry for ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ just being an album title and thus not making it to the list or even to try and generate meaningful numbers from iTMS search results which I can’t.

On Google, Jesus wins as well with a 10:1 margin. Perhaps we should force news stations to put more Satan related stuff on their sites. Being ‘fair and balanced’ and all…

April 15, 2006, 12:22


Comment by d.w.: User icon

What, no Jesus and Mary Chain in your library? :)

April 15, 2006, 23:52

Comment by ssp: User icon

I think there used to be but those must have been MP3s only which I got from a friend and which I considered to be disposable at some stage.

April 16, 2006, 0:10

Comment by d.w.: User icon

But everyone needs Psychocandy!

I’ll see what I can do. :)

April 16, 2006, 5:15

Comment by sheepmaster: User icon

Have you tried “devil”? I only had one result for “satan” (namely, Cake) but 13 for “devil”.

Ooooh, 13… Now that’s a coincidence…

April 16, 2006, 22:33

Comment by ssp: User icon

I tried to avoid ‘devil’. Partly because the idea for this came from hearing the CYHSY and the Flaming Lips song in succession, partly because both Satan and Jesus seem to be words which don’t need translation.

But what the heck… here we go. After removing duplicates I end up with 13 tracks as well.

  1. The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil
  2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Devil’s Waitin’
  3. The Notwist: K. Das Devil
  4. Beck: Devil’s Haircut
  5. Mardi Gras Bb: Black Devil
  6. Kleptones: 1330 The Black Devil Is Not Enough
  7. Mardi Gras BB: Devil’s Apprentice
  8. Bright Eyes: Devil in the Details
  9. Boards Of Canada: The Devil Is In the Details
  10. Modest Mouse: The Devil’s Work Day
  11. Gisli: Tv = the devil
  12. At The Drive-In: A Devil Among The Tailors
  13. Rollins Band: Let the Devil Out

April 17, 2006, 0:56

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