Jesus Was Way Cool

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"Jesus Was Way Cool"
Single by King Missile
from the album Mystical Shit
Released 1990
Genre Avant-garde
Length 2:42
Label Shimmy Disc
Songwriter(s) John S. Hall, Chris Xefos
Producer(s) Kramer
King Missile singles chronology
"No Point"
(1990)
"Jesus Was Way Cool"
(1990)
"My Heart Is a Flower"
(1991)
"No Point"
(1990)
"Jesus Was Way Cool"
(1990)
"My Heart Is a Flower"
(1991)

"Jesus Was Way Cool" is a song by avant-garde band King Missile. It appears on the band's 1990 album Mystical Shit.

Content[edit]

In "Jesus Was Way Cool," frontman John S. Hall, over a simple piano figure, delivers a deadpan monologue in which he declares Jesus "way cool" for such skills as healing, walking on water, and turning water into wine. Hall states that Jesus did "anything he wanted to do," and could have surpassed the achievements of Jimi Hendrix, Wayne Gretzky, and Mikhail Baryshnikov in their respective fields. Hall then postulates that the crucifixion of Jesus was in fact motivated by jealousy of his coolness, and that the subsequent resurrection of Jesus is further evidence of said coolness. Hall concludes, "No wonder there are so many Christians."[1]

In the liner notes of the compilation Mystical Shit & Fluting on the Hump, Hall writes of "Jesus Was Way Cool":

Commercial performance[edit]

On the strength of "Jesus Was Way Cool," Mystical Shit hit #1 on the CMJ charts, and the band was signed by a major label, Atlantic Records.[3] This series of events led Hall to make a habit of joking, "'Jesus' got me signed to Atlantic Records."[2]

The song is used in an episode of the Adult Swim series "Off the Air".

Alternative version[edit]

The song appears with slightly different lyrics and a radically different arrangement as "Jesus Was Way Cool (Millennium Edition)" on the band's 2003 album The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. Additionally, a live version appears on the single for "My Heart Is A Flower," in which Hall alters the lyrics slightly.

Cover version[edit]

A German-language version of the song, entitled "Jesus war so Cool", appears on the 1996 album "Das Jahr Schnee" by East German art rock band Herbst in Peking

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lyrics: Jesus Was Way Cool". Farmboy's King Missile. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b Hall, John S. (2004). Album notes. In Mystical Shit & Fluting on the Hump [CD booklet]. New York City: Shimmy Disc.
  3. ^ Prindle, Mark (2003). "Interview with John S. Hall". Prindle Rock and Roll Record Review Site. Retrieved 2008-05-28.