books and bands smash-ups
Sunday June 25th 2006, 12:43 pm
Filed under: youth ministry, church, books, music, youth work

this is way fun. a group of people had the weird idea to combine famous book names with band names in a little literary/musical smash-up.

the results are titles like:

The Things They Might Be Giants Carried
The Who Moved My Cheese
The Old Man and The Sea and Cake
Charlie Daniels and the Chocolate Factory
Catch 182
Horton Hears a Hoobastank
Of Mice and Men at Work
Bare Naked Lunch Ladies
The Agony and the XTC

read the whole list on the site, and your mind will get churning to think up some more!

ya know, now that i’m thinking about it, let’s do a little sub-contest here. come up with a smash-up of a christian book, youth ministry book, or — if you really want to win — a youth specialties book. winner gets a ys book of their choosing. i might even choose a couple winners, if i get enough good ones! has to be a band or group name, not a song.

i’ll try a few to get you rolling:

the secret message of jesus and mary chain
velvet elvis costello
what’s so amazing about grace jones?
the problem of house of pain
a new kids on the block kind of christian
blue like the preservation hall jazz band
the power of a praying wolfmother

and a handful of ys books:

purpose driven sonic youth ministry
the best of coldplay it
contemplative youth ministry (yeah, have to think on that one. last word is a band.)
help, imogen heap volunteer youth worker

(ht to dave palmer, or should i say, “ palmer”)

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This way to the Presidents of the United States of America

Comment by mdaele 06.25.06 @ 5:19 pm

everyday sunday tells a story
Plank (eye)deas

Comment by mdaele 06.25.06 @ 5:27 pm

mdaele — clarification: the entire title of the book (and band) have to be in there.

so “plank eye-deas library” works — two christian products! but the others would have to be tweaked. you could do “everyday sunday picture tells a story”. i don’t think there’s a way to salvage your first attempt, there’s no common ground.

Comment by marko 06.25.06 @ 5:32 pm

The Bavarian Oompah Band Way.

Comment by mdaele 06.25.06 @ 5:33 pm

The Bavarian Oompah Band Way.

Comment by marko 06.25.06 @ 6:05 pm

Teenage Fanclub Girls (or Guys….whatever you prefer).

Comment by Marc 06.25.06 @ 9:19 pm

adventures in missing the point of grace

stumbling toward faith no more

when god says jump little children

ruthless trust company

Comment by David 06.25.06 @ 9:33 pm

the purpose driven lifehouse

Comment by holly 06.26.06 @ 12:06 am

oh, now we’re gettin’ there. holly and david got the idea. marc, sorry, the band title and book title have to share a word (our sound, as in mdaele’s “plank eye-deas library”). mdaele, i think you’re referring to mcmanus’s barbarian way, right? so, um, that one is CLOSE, but doesn’t qualify. ok — hope that’s clear now (sorry i wasn’t clearer).

Comment by marko 06.26.06 @ 12:57 am

Dangerous Stevie Wonder

Help! My New Kids On the Block are Hurting!

This Way to Sonic Youth Ministry

Connecting Your Heart to Others’ (This one already has it)

Gimme God Smack

Good Sex Pistols

Comment by Tom 06.26.06 @ 10:09 am

Screen Cold Play
Conversations with The Jesus and the Mary Chain
The Captain & Tennille Justice Mission Curriculum
The Church in Emerging Culture Club
The Losers Timex Social Club

Comment by Tom 06.26.06 @ 10:33 am

Dangerous Stevie Wonder

Comment by Othy 06.26.06 @ 12:00 pm

umm yeah so I’m an idiot I put one on that Tom already listed…how about…

Creative Bible lessons in John Cougar Mellencamp

Comment by Othy 06.26.06 @ 12:06 pm

a buyer from a large chain of christian bookstores read this post, and just sent me this list:
Here’s some more Christian Bookstore ones:

Wild Boyz At Heart - Eldridge

Radical Reformission UK – Driscoll

What Would Jesus Jones Eat - Colbert

Bringing Up Boy George – Dobson

Bringing Up Boys to Men - Dobson

Waking the Dead Can Dance - Eldridge

Twelve Ordinary Men At Work - MacArthur

Manfred Mann In The Mirror - Morley

A Dark Night Ranger of the Soul – St John of the Cross

The Snap Case for Christ - Strobel

The Peter Case for Faith - Strobel

Adventures In Missing Persons The Point – McLaren/Campolo

Desiring God Lives Under Water - Piper

I Was Not Was Just Wondering – Yancey

Spiritual Gwarfare – Stanley

God’s Simple Plan for You – Packer

Cheap Ways To Tie the Slipknot – Davis

Understanding God’s Will To Power – Lake

Godsmack Is Closer Than You Think – Ortberg

INXS His Steps - Sheldon

The Dashboard Confessionals – Augustine

Comment by marko 06.26.06 @ 12:24 pm

oh, “spiritual gwarfare” has to be my favorite so far. fantastic!

Comment by marko 06.26.06 @ 12:26 pm

email from the brilliant steve taylor (the musician/film maker, not the kiwi author):
And from the C.S. Lewis shelf…
Mere Ludacristianity
This HideoUs3 Strength
Steve Perelandra
Out of the Silent Planette Funicello
The Great Divorcece Winans
Miracles Paul
The Silver Chair Supply
Prince Mama Casspian
The Lion, The Witch, Franz Ferdinand the Wardr.dreobe

Comment by marko 06.26.06 @ 1:06 pm

Rich Christians in the Age of Hunger Mullins

Comment by Len 06.26.06 @ 7:22 pm

How about:

The Bell Jars of Clay
The Thousand Foot Krutch Book (by Dr. Seuss)
A Wrinkle in the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet (my favorite)

Comment by Sue 06.26.06 @ 8:36 pm

Roaring Lamb(s) of God
The Powerman 5000 of a Praying Wife

Comment by Kevin I 06.27.06 @ 4:26 pm

Wild “Truth for Leo” Bible Lessons (Oestreicher)

Comment by Chris Marsden 06.27.06 @ 4:42 pm

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