MC 900 FOOT JESUS

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so what was mc 900 foot jesus? can anyone fill me in? he, or it, belongs to a wide range of music that my brother left on tape and vinyl lying about my parents house when he left home (see an old crazy gods of endless noise thread). all these things fascinated me, because i dont know much about him, and i like trying to reconstruct his past (he's 7 yrs older than me). finding out about all these strange tapes and stuff is a way of finding out about his life in a way.

sorry that went a bit weird. back to the question. the only thing i saw was an album called 'return of the spider man' or something. somethign abotu a spider.

what sort of musci is it? when was it about? does it still exist?

please help!

ambrose, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

although i do hold the record for 'least answers to my questions', so i dont hold much hope of a reply....

ambrose, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The AMG is always your friend in situations like this. The two albums of his I do have are both pretty good, though I'd plump for Welcome to My Dream over the spider album, which while good isn't as hard hitting. I doubt Ethan would be a fan of the MC's flow, but with time he let a little more breath and space into his delivery, which along with the lower register worked wonders.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Step 1: Find a copy of the song "The City Sleeps".
Step 2: Burn mutltiple copies of it to a CD (or copy it onto a long-playing tape) until there is no space left.
Step 3: Put the medium into your preferred playback device and press PLAY.

You will be the happiest person on Earth.

Dan Perry, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Most of the time he didn't even flow. I had "One Step Ahead of the Spider," which came after "Welcome to My Dream." It was more concerned with setting up interesting musical backdrops to his weird spoken-word pieces. "New Moon," the first, was actually pretty entertaining, the tale of a woman leaving work. She liked to drive fast ...

"New Years Eve," another good example, narrated a sort of snide description of this obscenely fat apartment-dweller stuck inside on New Years with a giant bowl of popcorn, clad in a greasy wife- beater. He's watching the Eve's countdown, but falls asleep before the climax -- which transitions to the next track, "Bill's Dream," an instrumental with ethereal, fluctuating keyboards.

So he was all about being conceptual, and the more pop pieces like "But If You Go" and "Stare and Stare" were sort of cute, too. He had a kind of charm ... the video for "If I Only Had a Brain" was even on MTV for a while. I remember the previous album being a little more hip-hop oriented. I wouldn't recommend anyone to rush out and buy his stuff, but I have a fondness for this as well because it reminds me of that weird period of musical fusion in the early- 90's, when I was first getting into "alternative music" ..

Dare, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I believe he had a song called "lost at sea" which I've always wanted to own. every now and again I hear it on the radio

Ron, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i heard 'the truth is out of style'(not sure that is the title) on the radio the other day and thought it was great.

keith, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I have a fondness for this as well because it reminds me of that weird period of musical fusion in the early- 90's, when I was first getting into "alternative music" ..

I am absolutely the same way. And I once recited the lyrics to "the city sleeps" as a class presentation in high school. I recommend the first two albums more then the third (and final?).

bnw, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

kkkkkkkkkiller inside me 12" is grrrr8 - Danz rite aboot THE CITY SLEEPS

geordie racer, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

SEEK out the album, HELL WITH THE LID-OFF, if *ONLY* for "I'm Going Straight To Heaven," which gives "the City Sleeps" are run for its money as best thing in the MC 900 Ft. Jesus repetoire.

Ostensibly he billed himself as a hip-hopper, but being a tall, lanky white guy from Texas who coined his stage name after a strange quote by televangelist Oral Roberts, he wasn't exactly going to get himself played on "Yo!MTV Raps" Instead, he found more favour in the then- burgeoning "industrial" scene of the early `90's, which he'd soon grow out of. Not sure what became of him after the slightly dissapointing ...SPIDER album.

Alex in NYC, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

This is from last October...
http://www.fwweekly.com/issues/2001-10-18/music.html
We may hear from him again...

MSS, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

awesome dallas drummer Earl Harvin (also of The The) apparently still plays with him

chaki, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

has anyone else here mentally filed MC 900 FT Jesus next to G Love and Special Sauce?

paul barclay, Sunday, 14 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Here's another answer to help break your old record. I liked MC 900 Ft Jesus okay back in the day, but if you went to allmusic.com as Ned suggested, you'll know my feelings on Welcome to My Dream--it's a great album if you can get past his voice. As others have said, "The City Sleeps" towers above almost everything else he's done.

Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 14 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
has anyone else here mentally filed MC 900 FT Jesus next to G Love and Special Sauce?
Actually, I filed him between TMBG and MC Paul Barman, but thats just me.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 12:15 (sixteen years ago) link

And me too.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Wednesday, 16 April 2003 13:29 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...
Check out Wikipedia's listing for a little history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MC_900_Ft._Jesus (though I'm not sure it was listed at the time of the original post. I first got into MC 900 in 1990 or so, just after his first album was released, while listening to a mix of AM Radio during the day and UBC's radio at night (where I was living it was a bitch trying to tune in to university radio during the day and Coast 800 was the only good station playing alternative music ... when it actually was an alternative).

I still have his last two discs (CDs, not vinyl), but am thinking of ordering the re-releases as they contain a few additional mixes of the more commercial songs.

Insomuch as classification goes, I'm not sure I'd even try.

While some of the traxx can be filed under hip-hop, alt. rock, etc. most of his music covers such a range of genres that it can't be filed into one category. The genres span not only between songs but within them.

I've played the discs for friends and the general concensis is one of either love or hate ... no real middle ground.

JMHO

But really, WTF do I know? I was about
the only kid in my elementry school who
wasn't drooling over MJs Thriller ;-)

anothersickmind, Wednesday, 17 May 2006 20:00 (thirteen years ago) link

his song "The Killer Inside Me" is based on Jim Thompson's wonderful pulp novel of the same name, and continues to slay to this day...(and speaking of which, I've seen clips from the theatrical version of TKIM at various Flaming Lips shows)...

hank (hank s), Thursday, 18 May 2006 01:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Doo, do doo, do doo, do duh duh doo, nana nana na da da...

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Thursday, 18 May 2006 01:21 (thirteen years ago) link

During my brief stint at the college radio station, I found an MC 900 Foot Jesus thing on vinyl that prominently featured a woman talking about religious things and an organ. It was super weird and spooky and I liked to play it while I was alone in the station. Is that "I'm Going to Heaven"?

Eppy (Eppy), Thursday, 18 May 2006 01:24 (thirteen years ago) link

"If I Only Had A Brain" is still fantastic.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Thursday, 18 May 2006 05:25 (thirteen years ago) link

am only familiar with the one song that peel played but that one line of his, 'taste a little strange?', stuck in my memory.

koogs (koogs), Thursday, 18 May 2006 08:13 (thirteen years ago) link

During my brief stint at the college radio station, I found an MC 900 Foot Jesus thing on vinyl that prominently featured a woman talking about religious things and an organ. It was super weird and spooky and I liked to play it while I was alone in the station. Is that "I'm Going to Heaven"?

No, that's the opening track, "A Greater God," on Hell With The Lid Off.

Myke. (Myke Weiskopf), Thursday, 18 May 2006 09:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks!

Eppy (Eppy), Thursday, 18 May 2006 12:30 (thirteen years ago) link

whatever happened to Lucas?

Some Guy, Thursday, 18 May 2006 15:34 (thirteen years ago) link

This dude's great. First two records are must-haves. I've got him filed between Consolidated and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, fwiw.

cdwill (cdwill), Thursday, 18 May 2006 21:35 (thirteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Welcome To My Dream is such a great summer album

AMERICA IS ABOUT RESSLING (DJP), Friday, 17 May 2013 21:15 (six years ago) link

oh hello.
this is an unexpected thread revival ..

mark e, Friday, 17 May 2013 21:15 (six years ago) link

hahaha

AMERICA IS ABOUT RESSLING (DJP), Friday, 17 May 2013 21:16 (six years ago) link

my This Is My Jam update went out to Twitter, to

AMERICA IS ABOUT RESSLING (DJP), Friday, 17 May 2013 21:16 (six years ago) link

oh ... and whats with 'first two records are must haves' groove.
they are all f*cking brilliant.
so, as i have asked elsewhere : where is mc 900 ft jesus in 2013 ?

mark e, Friday, 17 May 2013 21:18 (six years ago) link

I think I've heard the third in its entirety only once, which is why I hesitated to include it

No idea where he is in 2013 but apparently he was DJing in Dallas in 2009: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MC_900_Ft._Jesus

AMERICA IS ABOUT RESSLING (DJP), Friday, 17 May 2013 21:21 (six years ago) link

yeah i heard re that ..
still .. no-one has done the dark paranoia late night jazz fused hip hop thing quite as well as mc 900 ft ..
an untapped genre if ever there was one.

mark e, Friday, 17 May 2013 21:25 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Anyone remember a parody of The City Sleeps except instead of ilghting fires, it goes "I make the donuts while the city sleeps"?

how's life, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 12:38 (six years ago) link

He has a YouTube account and comments on his own videos sometimes.
http://www.youtube.com/user/900heyzeus

Doubt we'll ever see a new album.

warsaw303, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:29 (six years ago) link

He DJs around town occasionally and I see him at shows. As far as I know he has no interest in recording again.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:38 (six years ago) link

The Beavis & Butthead commentary on the video for "If I Only Had a Brain" is pretty classic.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 20:48 (six years ago) link

One Deja Vu bachelor party decades ago, one dancer used "The City Sleeps" for her stage music. Felt marginally less nerdy for waiting until the routine was over to ask the DJ the name of the song.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 10 July 2013 21:15 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Necro-revive but...

During my brief stint at the college radio station, I found an MC 900 Foot Jesus thing on vinyl that prominently featured a woman talking about religious things and an organ. It was super weird and spooky and I liked to play it while I was alone in the station. Is that "I'm Going to Heaven"?

― Eppy (Eppy), Wednesday, May 17, 2006 6:24 PM (thirteen years ago)

I heard Bonnie Prince Billy's "Gezundheit" today and wracked my brane trying to wonder where I'd heard that weird sermon before and finally realized it was the same as this. Anyone know what the original source of the sample is?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpuF6DJ-E5g

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:52 (four months ago) link

omg "born with monkey asses"? that whole thing got stuck in my mind for way too long

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:00 (four months ago) link

Found it: Robert Chaney/Sita Earley Chaney aka The Chaneys.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:12 (four months ago) link


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