cantaudio011, OCTOBER 2004, edition: 22


A fifty-two minute rumination on The Lord's Prayer and the use of religious imagery in post-1967 pop.

SIDVICIOUS features, in order of appearance:

Blind Willie Johnson, Art Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel, Richard Jobson, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Big Black, UK Subs, Rahzel, Lightning Bolt, Dr Mark Elliot, Beeson Divinity School, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Sex Pistols, Bruce Springsteen, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Mahalia Jackson, Einstürzende Neubauten, Dudley Perkins, William Burroughs & Sonic Youth, Turin Brakes

Public Image Limited, Adam Ant, Altered Images, Ennio Morricone, Peter Ivers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Alan Bennett

San Jose, Neil Diamond, The Statler Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Wanda Jackson, The Simpsons, The Butthole Surfers, Cristy Lane, Sid Vicious, The Talleys, George Grimarc & Marco Pirroni, Barbara Streisand, Elvis Presley, Roger McGough, The Cramps, Big Stick, Aaron Neville, Andy Williams, Jim Reeves, Mario Lanza, Charles Billingsley, Abba, David Allen, Douglas Gordon, Jonathan Monk, Ross Sinclair, Brothers Kazimero, Keziah Jones, Markus Gulden, Steve Ackerman, Bjork, Söhne Mannheims, PBC & Onora, Combichrist, Johnny Mathis, Jeff Buckley

Fugazi, The Disco Biscuits, Mohammed Ali, Nine Inch Nails, Can, Orange Juice, Dottie West, The Doors, Minor Threat, The Jam, Hayden, The New York Dolls, Teen Idles, Nina Hagen, Boredoms, Handel, Gregorian Choir, Talking Heads, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, King Missile, Guster, Patti Labelle and The Avengers.

SIDVICIOUS began with a claim in an interview with Marco Pirroni that Sid Vicious put forward the idea that The Banshees "just made a noise" at their first gig, which was to become the legendary Lords Prayer performance.

The big players tread The Lord's Prayer with the utmost respect (well, maybe not Presley) - Frank Sinatra, Mahalia Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Art Garfunkel, Jim Reeves, Barbara Streisand, David Bowie and The Beach Boys.

And then along come Siouxsie & The Banshees, dragging the standard down into the mire of noise before words.