The Vatican released a list of their playlist earlier this month and it surprised a lot of people. Why? Well, it was all about the selections that the Vatican released as their Myspace music list
The Vatican has contributed a list of tracks for MySpace Music, an ad-supported audio and video streaming service which launched today.I bet you're asking "well, what the fuck was in the playlist? right?
However, the selection contains some surprising choices including the song Changes by Shakur, also known as 2Pac, who was killed in 1996.
The hit single released in 1998 is listed with an “explicit” warning and features lyrics about gun crime, drugs and violence on a city’s streets.
It includes the lines: “Is life worth living should I blast myself?” and “Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares, one less hungry mouth on the welfare.”
The playlist also features songs from Dame Shirley Bassey to more likely choices from the album Music From The Vatican and Mozart's Don Giovanni.
Other contemporary tracks on the 12-strong mix are Muse’s Uprising from their new album The Resistance and He Doesn't Know Why by the US folk group Fleet Foxes.
Describing the seemingly incongruous array of songs, an explanation alongside the playlist on the MySpace Music page states: “This playlist is a perfect mix of classical, world and contemporary music.
“The genres are very different from each other, but all these artists share the aim to reach the heart of good minded people.”
The list was put together by Father Giulio Neroni, artistic director of St Paul's Multimedia, a church publisher.
He was the man behind the recent Alma Mater album, which combined Gregorian chants and prayers with classical music and the voice of Pope Benedict speaking in five languages.
It is not known if the Pope has listed to all of the songs.
Vatican playlist:First off, there should be someone fired right about now. He wasn't killed, Tupac was ASSASSINATED! Thank you in advance for that correction. Second off, this is very interesting.. but he should have gone with Biggie. Everyone knows that's were the real talent is at, you.
1. Advocata Nostra – Music From The Vatican. From the album Alma Mater featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI.
2. Uprising – Muse. Single from the album, The Resistance.
3. Causa Nostrae Laetitiae – Music From The Vatican. From the album Alma Mater.
4. Il Mare Mi Salva – Rossomalpelo. Song from the band led by contemporary Italian singer songwriter Serge Gaggiotti
5. After The Rain – Dame Shirley Bassey. From the album The Performance.
6. Coexist – Nour Eddine. Song from Moroccan Musician, based in Italy.
7. Don Giovanni – Mozart.
8. Rafaele Merry Del Val – Lorenzo Perosi Inni Mottetti e Canzoni, Pablo Colino & Coro Academica Filarmonica Romana.
9. He Doesn't Know Why – Fleet Foxes.
10. Changes – Tupac Shakur.
11. Regina Coeli – Music From The Vatican. From the album Alma Mater.
12. Mi sarete Testimoni – Santo Subito! (DVD). Music DVD embodying the voice and image of The Pope.
I guess I just want to meet the "cool" 20-something white boy working at the vatican who added 2pac and muse to the list. As a Radiohead fan I'm obligated to hate Muse but I'm sure they must be thrilled at getting the approval of both the Vatican and Glenn Beck. Remind me that if I ever get the approval of either of those parties, that I should just shoot myself.
But then again, this is us getting away from the real problem with this list; The best 2pac song is Can't C Me. Besides that, The Resistence sucks, Vatican. Nice try, but not nice enough. I wonder how they would have felt for all the pimped out gear? Ha, yeah. I know, I'm only joking. We all know that there aint no bling like vatican bling. I bet Tupac is actually hanging out with John Paul II in a secret location. We all know that nignug ain't dead.
Does anyone else find it hilarious that they picked a Fleet Foxes song? It's like ok, let's go on pitchfork and find what the "hippest" band is nowadays and with those tight pants wearing heathens.
Though this is all a simple matter to appealing to the black community. Enticing them to join the church. Did you know that the Catholic Church couldn't do away with Santa Clause, so they simply altered Christmas around to be the birth of Christ and allowed those heathens to celebrate the winter solstice as well as following the lords ways.
Either way, perhaps you should get the Pope a flash new iPod so that he can listen to his play list.