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Ah, the joy and hilarity of working in pop culture studies at a university--students come to you with scintillating requests such as the one I just received:

"Can you help us come up with a song about pornography to play during our power point presentation to freshmen?"

Yes, yes, it's a tall order. I couldn't think of any off the top of my head, so I thought I'd put the question to you guys. Obviously, this being a Christian college, the song is not meant to reflect the merits of porn. The song will accompany a message that focuses on the idea of sex as a good gift from God, and pornography as a distortion of that.

As the student told me, "We don't want something that screams PORN WILL ROT YOU"--but I'm having trouble coming up with something perhaps subtly allusive rather than heavy-handed and preachy. Anyone got any ideas? (By the way, I'd like to avoid CCM songs about this, because they tend to be, uh, heavy-handed and preachy. I'm wondering if, like, Bruce Cockburn ever did anything on the topic...)

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U2's "Babyface"?

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I don't have a good answer for you, kebbie. Certainly not better than "Babyface."

But now I've got my own issues. There's really no face-saving way to put this... does anyone have a proven method for getting the J. Geils Band out of my head?

Ugh.

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"Babyface" is a GREAT suggestion, Diane--although I'm not sure it's explicitly condemning enough for what these kids want to accomplish. I like its subtlety, but I don't know if they'll appreciate that. I'll pass it on, anyway.

Alan, I'm not exactly sure of the content of the PowerPoint, but I was told that a portion of it would contain a photo of a "perfect" peach (representing God's good gift of sex) and then a "rotted" peach (representing porn). So that's the kind of message we're dealing with here.

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Arcade Fire has two songs with lyrics that suit and atmosphere aplenty: Wake Up and Rebellion (Lies).

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"Amatuer Night" by Damien Jurado

"This is Hardcore" by Pulp

"Lounge (Closing Time)" by Modest Mouse

The Jurado song might work well.

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"Nobody's Playgirl Now" by Phil Keaggy

(had to reach WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back for that one)

Anything by the New Pornographers or Barenaked Ladies

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No one has mentioned "Angel in the Centerfold" yet?

How about "Turning Japanese" ?

It's remarkable how quickly we can come up with songs about pornography. Now what does that say about us?

That we listen to a lot of rock music.

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No one has mentioned "Angel in the Centerfold" yet?

Ahhhh! And I'd just gotten it out of my head. *sigh* Back to square one.

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I never listened to them all that much, but weren't 'She Bop' and 'Dancing with Myself' more about masturbation, rather than porn? (Though I guess the two subjects do often go together...)

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The above statement is SO PETER. smile.gif

I like Babyface, but U2 portrayed a lifestyle of porn much better with Even Better Than The Real Thing.

-s.

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I'll never forget the time an acquaintance of mine looked at me in horror when I mentioned that "Babyface" was about porn. They attributed that to me having "a dirty mind" and said it was just a love song and I was reading too much into it.

Scary.

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"Sick of Sex" - Julie Miller

"Pornography" - the Cure

"Pictures of You" - the Cure wink.gif

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Tho not specifically on pornography, and by a Christian artist, I would gather that the following song will score points for getting to the root of the matter, (while gathering demerits for sounding dated):

Michael W Smith's "Picture Perfect."

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Pictures of Lily - The Who

You can find it on the "Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy" album.

Clive

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Am I too late? I had a good one too...

Going Blind - Craig's Brother.

And not specifically about porn is of course Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes.

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