Habemus Conservative Rock-hater

Former cardinal now pope Ratzinger (you know, the guy that made it from Hitler Youth to the Vatican) talks about Pop Devil Music in this 1996 Times article:

[…] he also warned the young against the “subliminal” satanic influence to be found in songs by such groups as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles. Vatican officials identified some of the “worst offenders” as Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and AC/DC, whose initials they claimed referred not to alternating current or even bisexuality, but to the satanic phrase “Anti-Christ, Death to Christ”.

The Eagles, I ask?

3 Responses to “Habemus Conservative Rock-hater”

  1. SOFA says:

    If I may…
    Subliminal does not necessarily mean “backwards”; it’s simply “non-direct”. Hence, HotEL caLifornia (a song that Henley has admitted as being about decent into an ‘abyss’) is about HELL, and a confrontation with the devil (the “Night” man in the song). It doesn’t take much to set these religious “mutants” off, and since his Popeness sincerely believes in God and the Devil, he sincerely believes that the Devil will do “anything” – I said anything – for fifty bucks. You see. he really has to get home. Our Father is waiting for him in the tool shed…

  2. mediocre says:


    Also, I kind of really liked this article from somethingawful: here

  3. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    mediocre: what do you mean pffft @ SOFA?

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