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ReleasedDecember 1997
Genre Christian
Label Parodudes
Producer Karl Vaughn Messner
ApologetiX chronology
Radical History Tour
Jesus Christ Morningstar

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 music with Christian theme

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 American band

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.

<i>New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2</i> album by ApologetiX

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.



Writing and recording

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". [1] 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. [1]

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. [1]

<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

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.

<i>Wacky Packages</i>

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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
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Cross Rhythms reviewer Mike Rimmer awarded the album an eight out of ten, and called it "hysterical". [2] 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." [2] Furthermore, Rimmer complimented the band's "effectiveness and affection", as well as the fact that all of the songs are "lampooned with a message". [2] Ultimately, Rimmer concluded that was "one of the most creative things I've heard in ages". [2]

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.

Track listing

  1. "Come Out & Pray" – 3:07
  2. "All ApologetiX" – 2:54
  3. "Naomi Gonna Be With Ruth" – 3:30
    Hootie & the Blowfish American rock band

    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.

  4. "Shepherd's Paradise" – 4:13
  5. "Counting Blessings" – 3:56
  6. "Plump" – 2:09
    Lump (song) single

    "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 (band) American alternative rock band

    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.

  7. "Letterman" – 3:33
  8. "People" – 3:29
  9. "Big Deal" – 2:10
  10. "Little Sins" – 3:59
  11. "Stupid World" – 3:38
  12. "A Lie" – 4:40
  13. "Preachers" – 2:38
  14. "Who's There" – 3:45
  15. "Heaven Isn't Like That" – 4:52
  16. "No Chain" – 3:25
  17. "Young As You Are" – 3:48
  18. "Casket Place" – 2:53
  19. "Lightning Flashes" – 4:51
  20. "InYerFace Love Song" – 3:01
  21. "You Gotta Go" – 3:55

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  3. 1 2 Ticked (liner). ApologetiX. Parodudes. 1997.