The official newspaper of the Vatican has just released its list of Ten Top albums. And no, they are not all religious records; in fact, the list is surprising and provocative.
Perhaps Pope Benedict XVI (Benny to you for this article) is wanting to stir things up a bit, get away from all that church music.
Well the choices by his people certainly do that.
There are two very strong Irish connections, U2 of course, and Oasis, the Gallagher boys, sons of Irish parents.
So lets take a look at what rocks the successor to the man who built his church on a rock, and where is Benny and the jets?
The Vatican's Top 10 Rock Albums
1. Revolver by the Beatles
Strange when you think the album name reflects the fact that are clearly referring to (a) a gun or B) a code name for a man's sex organ. Hmm
2. If I could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby
David Crosby is old enough to have Alzheimer's so this title too, is a little confusing.
3. The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
The LSD lovers anthem, next to 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds the most psychedelic songs of all time. What were their eminences thinking?
4. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
Lots of those around the Vatican at any time. They share a love of this with Bill Clinton, which seems appropriate
5. The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
I have never heard of David Fagen, and I have no idea what this album is about. Someone said Jazz
6. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Goodness, this one is close to the bone. Michael like many priests was partial to children.
7. Graceland by Paul Simon
Okay, this is a good choice; Graceland has all the ingredients for a good old-fashioned tribute to Elvis
8. Achtung Baby by U2
The first album featuring some Catholic performers. But Bono is a close to God as anyone on earth a lot of people think. Benny might not be pleased
9. (What's the story) Morning Glory by Oasis
More good Catholics, the Gallagher brothers, though the morning glory reference is often a sexual one for a male member in the morning
10. Supernatural by Carlos Santana
Well the title is right but I've never heard of it.
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