June 11, 2009

Gonna go to the place that's the best

I admit I don't get the appeal of Doctor and the Medics' recording of Norman Greenbaum's psychedelic gospel song "Spirit in the Sky." It doesn't sound that much different (apart from the addition of synthesizers), and as the video shows, the band looks like some sort of alternate-history KISS from the 60s:

Nonetheless, "Spirit in the Sky" was a #1 hit in many countries, including here in Canada. It is also the first song to reach #1 in both the 1970s and 1980s.

I'll grant Doctor and the Medics this: these days, you aren't going to find very many bands that are so boldly quirky and kitschy. So they get half marks for creativity. But I'd still rather listen to Norman Greenbaum.