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- Clarence Oddbody, AS2, It's a Wonderful Life
Monday, September 9, 2013
Christian Rock, if you want to be good, stop copying U2.
My brother emailed this video tidbit by Smashing Pumpkins lead singer, Billy Corgan. I thought it was worthy of a Thinklings post.
For what it's worth, I've never been into Smashing Pumpkins. What's more, I know nothing about Christian Rock. I just typically don't listen to anything that's "pop."
Apparently there are U2 clones out there, which doesn't surprise me. If it sells it sells. But when I hear the Third Day guy sing I always think, The guy's trying to sound like Eddie Vedder, and that sort of turns me off because it doesn't seem innovative, but copycat. (I also thought the Creed guy was trying to sound like Vedder.)
If there's a truly innovative Christian Rock band out there with sound theology, I want to listen. Is there?
The "meat" of Corgan's comments are actually more interesting than the Christian Rock angle. His idea of modern rock exploring God, since God has always been "the third rail" of rock music, echoes what U2 has done for over 30 years. Of course there's a big difference between singing about God and singing about Jesus.