Easter is perhaps Christianity‘s most solemn festival, and it is in this spirit that we present the following audio-visual tribute to Our Lord, Jesus Christ:
The history of The Vatican Rag:
Another big news story of the year (1965) concerned the Ecumenical Council in Rome, known as Vatican II. Among the things they did, in an attempt to make the church more commercial, was to introduce the vernacular into portions of the mass to replace Latin, and to widen somewhat the range of music permissible in the liturgy. But I feel that if they really want to sell the product in this secular age, what they ought to do is to re-do some of the liturgical music in popular song forms. I have a modest example here. It’s called The Vatican Rag…
Ah, always one Metro’s faves, and now of course firmly embedded into my psyche as well.
Dude can write a pretty catchy tune. For a white guy.
Man, I had no idea that rag was still around. I first heard it XX years ago on a RECORD! Still cheeky after all these years.
Tom Lehrer is immortal!
I first heard this at the Ting in Winnipeg way back in 1974, sung by Chris Rawlings.
Fuck I feel old now…
I first heard it when I was in my crib. My father had it on vinyl when it first came out.