Pope ♥ Crosby

In a ruling that has no doubt send shockwaves thro’ the vast reaches of Christendom, L’Osservatore Romano, ‘semi-official’ newspaper of the Pope himself, recently published, quite oddly,  its list of all-time great rock albums.  According to The Guardian (there still isn’t a link to the text of the original article) the chronologically-ordered top-10 is as follows:

1. Revolver by the Beatles

2. If I Could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby

3. The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

4. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

5. The Nightfly by Donald Fagen

6. Thriller by Michael Jackson

7. Graceland by Paul Simon

8. Achtung Baby by U2

9. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis

10. Supernatural by Carlos Santana

Notable absences include: anything by Dylan, Bowie, Joni, Springsteen, or the decidedly more Catholic Joshua Tree. Perhaps more eyebrow raising, however, are the inclusion of such obscurities as The Nightfly by Donal Fagan (He of the Holy Order of the Steely Dan) and David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name.

Perhaps Benedict XVI caught my recent piece on Crosby’s solo masterpiece and dug the druggy ‘Laurel Canyon-meets-Haight-Ashbury’ sound! Or, as is far more likely the case, it was the Pontiff’s lowly scribes — a bunch of thirtysomethings sitting around in consecrated vestments with nothing better to do — who gave Name a spin and grew attached to the ethereal, Gregorian-esque chanting on the album-closer “I’d Swear There Was Somebody There”:


1 Response to “Pope ♥ Crosby”

  1. 1 amy
    February 27, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    hey luke,

    do you listen to cocteau twins?

    sending good vibes your way,

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