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Ticked is the third album released by Christian parody band ApologetiX. It was also their first album to be released on CD. Later, two songs from the album would be released on the band's greatest hits album.
Christian music is music that has been written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life and faith. Common themes of Christian music include praise, worship, penitence, and lament, and its forms vary widely across the world.
ApologetiX is a Christian parody band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band was founded in 1992, and since then, has played in all 50 states, released 35 studio albums, and built up a fan club that includes over 65,000 people. The band is currently composed of J. Jackson on vocals, Keith Haynie on bass guitar, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner on drums, Bill Hubauer and Chris VonBartheld on keyboard, and Tom Milnes and Tom Tincha, both on lead guitar.
New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2 is the first compilation album and tenth album overall by ApologetiX. Eleven of the album's tracks were previously unreleased, three of those were later released on Hits: The Road.
The origins for Ticked can be traced back to 1994, when the alternative rock movement was at its peak. As Apologetix gained popularity with youth groups, the band realized that they would need to write music that the youth at the time were interested in. As such, the band started to listen to music that was currently popular, and crafted appropriate parodies. Although the band had previously structured their parodies to be retellings of Bible stories, Apologetix set out to record songs for Ticked that would tackle specific issues facing Christians, like "suicide, atheism, evolution, hypocrisy, the end of the world, [and] separation of church and state".After the band began writing material, it would take them two and a half years to acquire proper equipment and the finances to record, produce, and distribute the record.
Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock.
The title of the album was conceived by lead singer J. Jackson. The title was meant to not only emulate the angry emotion that was often associated with modern and alternative rock, it was also meant to produce the imagery of a clicking clock, with its hands moving towards the end of the world. Jackson later suggested that the band parody noted music magazine Rolling Stone on the cover; the album would later bear the header Rolling Clone, which was inspired by similar art in Wacky Packages and Mad Magazine . The title was also self-deprecating, as it allowed the band to poke fun at the fact that many people felt that they simply copied the music of others. In order to prevent fans from thinking that the title was called Rolling Clone, the cover also features text that reads "The name of this CD is: Ticked". The back of the CD case also features new pun-based names for that bands that are being parodied on the album.
Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.
Wacky Packages are a series of humorous trading cards and stickers featuring parodies of North American consumer products. The cards were produced by the Topps Company beginning in 1967, usually in a sticker format. The original series sold for two years and the concept proved popular enough that it has been revived every few years since. They came to be known generically as Wacky Packs, Wacky Packies, Wackies and Wackys. According to trader legend, the product parodies outsold Topps baseball cards during the early 1970s.
Cross Rhythms reviewer Mike Rimmer awarded the album an eight out of ten, and called it "hysterical".The review complimented the band's unique approach at blending popular songs with Christian lyrics, noting that "this is extremely clever stuff and credit has to be given to singer J. Jackson who works so hard at writing the lyrics." Furthermore, Rimmer complimented the band's "effectiveness and affection", as well as the fact that all of the songs are "lampooned with a message". Ultimately, Rimmer concluded that was "one of the most creative things I've heard in ages".
Cross Rhythms is a Christian media organisation based in Stoke-on-Trent, England. It operates an FM and online radio station, produces radio shows sent internationally, and its website has resources on contemporary Christian music.
Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band that was formed in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1986 by Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld. As of July 2010, the band had charted sixteen singles on various Billboard singles charts and recorded five studio albums. Their debut album, Cracked Rear View (1994), is the 19th-best-selling album of all time in the United States, and was certified platinum 21 times. They have sold over 21 million copies of their albums in the United States. The group was also popular in Canada, having three number-one singles in the country.
"Lump" is a song by alternative rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. It was released in 1995 and featured on their self-titled debut album. The song reached number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1995. Composer Chris Ballew said that the lyrics combined his own history of having a benign tumor in the head with a vision he had of a woman in a swamp, while employing the word "lump" because Ballew was fond of it. The musical part was described by Ballew as him "trying to write a Buzzcocks song". Ballew considers it his favorite composition.
The Presidents of the United States of America were an American alternative rock power trio band. The band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1993, and disbanded in 2016. The three-piece group consisted of vocalist and "basitarist" Chris Ballew, drummer and vocalist Jason Finn with "guitbassist" and vocalist Andrew McKeag. "Guitbassist" and vocalist Dave Dederer was a member of the band for eleven years before leaving in 2004. The band released six studio albums during its twenty-three-year existence.
Permanent Record: Al in the Box is a four disc compilation box set of songs by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released on September 27, 1994. The album, released by Scotti Brothers Records so that the label could make monetary projections for the fiscal year, collects Yankovic's favorite songs from his first eight studio albums. The collection also includes alternate versions of "My Bologna", "Happy Birthday", "UHF" and the new single, "Headline News", a parody of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies. It peaked at number 104 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Wordplay is the 11th studio album & 13th album overall by Christian parody band ApologetiX. It was their first album of entirely new music since 2003's Adam Up. The album's title is a pun on the name of English band Coldplay, with the packaging emulating the style of their album X&Y.
Grace Period is the eighth album by Christian parody band ApologetiX. 4 songs from the album would later be included on New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2, while another 3 were later included on Hits: The Road.
Keep The Change is the seventh album by Christian parody band ApologetiX. 4 songs from the album were later featured on the band's greatest hits album, while another 3 were included on the band's first live album.
Adam Up is the ninth studio album by ApologetiX released in 2003. Four songs would be featured on their next album, while another three were later included on their first live album.
Chosen Ones is the second live album & 14th album overall by Christian parody band ApologetiX. It was their last album to feature long-time lead guitarist & producer Karl Messner, who left in September 2007 to focus on his family.
Radical History Tour is the second album released by Christian parody band ApologetiX. It was originally released in 1994, only on cassette, but was re-released on CD in 1999.
Biblical Graffiti is the fifth album by Christian parody band ApologetiX. 5 tracks from this album would later be featured on the band's greatest hits album, while another 2 would later be included on Hits: The Road. The title refers to Led Zeppelin's 1975 album Physical Graffiti while the cover art parodies the album art to Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Isn't Wasn't Ain't is the debut album by Christian parody band ApologetiX, originally released in 1993. The album was re-released in 2003 and 2005.
Apol-acoustiX is the tenth studio album and 11th album overall by Christian parody band ApologetiX. "Yes Today" would be included on their next album, while "Two-Time Baby/Lord'sHouse Blues" would be later be featured on Chosen Ones.
Spoofernatural is the sixth album by Christian parody band ApologetiX. 5 songs from the album were later included on their greatest hits album.
Jesus Christ Morningstar is the fourth album by Christian parody band ApologetiX. 4 songs from the album were later included on the band's greatest hits album, 2 others were included on Hits: The Road, while "Narrow Way To Heaven" was later featured on Chosen Ones.
Hits: The Road is the first live album & the 12th album overall by Christian parody band ApologetiX. This album features 3 new songs: "With A Harp David Writes", "Walk On The Water", & "Found God".
Wise Up and Rock is the 14th studio album and 19th album overall by Christian parody band ApologetiX. All the songs parodied were released in the 1980s. This is the 1st album to feature Todd Waites on keyboards. The cover of the album is a reference to Loverboy's Get Lucky.
Orchard Avenue is an EP by Christian parody band ApologetiX composed solely of parodies of songs by The Beatles. The album is only available on the band's website. Only one song, "Ha-Bakk", is entirely new, as the other songs were previously recorded in 1996, but those recordings did not get a wide release until the release of the Rare Not Well Done rarities compilation, also only available on the band's website.
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" is a song written by John Sebastian and first released by his band The Lovin' Spoonful on their 1965 debut album Do You Believe in Magic. It was the second single released from the album and the most successful, reaching number 2 on the American Billboard charts for the week of June 11, 1966. It also reached number 2 in Canada. In New Zealand, the song charted at number 5.
Handheld Messiah is the 16th studio album & 22nd album overall by Christian parody band ApologetiX. It was released in November 2013. The album, their 1st to compose strictly of parodies recounting the birth of Christ includes 10 new songs, as well as a re-recording of "Virgin" from 1994's Radical History Tour. This is also their 1st album to feature new keyboardist Chris VonBartheld, who replaced Todd Waites.
Singles Group is the 17th studio album & 23rd album overall by Christian parody band ApologetiX, released in 2014. The albums consists of 13 songs originally offered as digital downloads through the band's website in early 2014. The album also contains the first releases by the band to have female lead vocals, as "Jezebel" is sung solely by Janna Jackson, the lead singer's oldest daughter, as well as Keely Singer splitting vocals with J. Jackson on "Gimme Helper".