Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell first emerged when I was attending a parochial high school, so I can still sing most of both soundtracks from memory. I always preferred Godspell, but I know mine is the minority opinion, so here’s some happy news for those of you who are, or once were, practicing liberal Christians and/or Muppet aficionados, via Paul Constant:
Just in time for the upcoming Easter weekend comes Muppet Christ Superstar, an “album” of nine songs from the 1971 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar—with the lead characters recast as Muppets. Kermit plays Jesus, of course, with Gonzo playing his backstabbing friend Judas and Miss Piggy filling the role of Mary Magdalene.
And voicing all those roles is 20-year-old songwriter Christo Graham, the mastermind behind the parody and a drama and film student at Bishop’s University in Quebec. Graham told us he recorded the album over a couple nights in his bedroom, and although he plays several instruments and has already released five albums of original music (available on Bandcamp), he used karaoke tracks for Muppet Christ Superstar, singing all parts (even the backing vocals, ostensibly from the Electric Mayhem, and Gonzo’s chickens)…
(Warning: While you should be able to play the entire soundtrack by clicking on the link below, the volume is set on HIGH and I couldn’t figure out how to turn it down in the embed. Adjust your speakers accordingly!)
Apart from nostalgia and related silliness, what’s on the agenda today?