“Does Christian Rock Suck?” — with former rock singer Brian McCarter (yes) vs. Rapture Ready! author Daniel Radosh (no). Michel Evanchik moderates, and Todd Seavey hosts. Wed., April 2, at 8pm.
Just to keep things interesting, you’ll note we have a rocker and God-believer from South Carolina arguing yes, it does suck and arguing no, it does not suck will be self-proclaimed “ignostic,” Jewish, New York humor writer (author of a book on his tour of Christian pop culture, which will be my Book Selection for April Fool’s Day, when it’s released). And expect some singing/playing from McCarter and song samples from Radosh.
Free admission, cash bar. The debates, usually pitting two opponents against each other (in a civil and often humorous fashion), take place on the basement level of Lolita Bar at 266 Broome St. at the corner of Allen St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, one block south and three west of the Delancey St. F, J, M, Z subway stop.
I think Radosh will make the case for Christian rock narrowly defined — stuff by self-consciously Christian-first rock bands — but I must say, his case would become “all too easy” (as the Sith Lord once said) if he included Christian-themed songs by mainstream rock bands, like “All You Zombies” by the Hooters, “Sanctify Yourself” by Simple Minds (whose “Don’t You” I just sang in karaoke last week), “I Still Believe” by the Call, or “Gloria” by U2 — which has Latin, no less.
On a related note, here’s video of rock-writer-turned-Christian Dawn Eden giving away a bunch of stuff from the days when she rocked — with atheist cameo by me. And on a non-religious note from the heathen nation of France (a magnet for fabulous babes), here’s Nouvelle Vague doing their “Girl from Ipanema”-style rendition of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
Weirder still, here’s an amateur montage from Silence of the Lambs accompanied by a great song inspired by it — done in the style of the 60s rock Dawn Eden loves, as it happens — the Greenskeepers’ beautiful and creepy “Lotion.” Gives “eat of my flesh” a whole new meaning.