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ApologetiX

The Band
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Christian rock, CCM, comedy rock, parody
Years active 1992—present
Website www.apologetix.com
Members
J. Jackson
Keith Haynie
Jimmy Tanner
Bill Hubauer
Tom Milnes
Tom Tincha
Former members
Karl Messner
Jerry Hayostek
Bob Flaherty
Fred Behanna
Jeff Pakula
Rick Servocky
Andy Sparks
Bill "Moose" Rieger

ApologetiX is a Christian parody band located in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.. The band was founded in 1992 and consists of J. Jackson on vocals, Keith Haynie on bass guitar, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner on drums[1] Bill Hubauer on keyboard[2], and Tom Milnes and Tom Tincha (a.k.a. "TNT"), both on lead guitar.[3]. In the song "We're In A Parody Band," ApologetiX refers to itself as a cross between "Weird Al" Yankovic and Billy Graham.

ApologetiX rewrites secular songs with Christian lyrics to create parodies with Christian messages. Some of their parodies include "Micah No. 5" (Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega) "Lazy Brain" (Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne), "Hotel Can't Afford Ya" ("Hotel California" by The Eagles), "Corinthians" (based on "In the End" by Linkin Park), "Look Yourself" ("Lose Yourself" by Eminem), "Smooth Grandmama" (based on the Alien Ant Farm cover version of "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson), "Smells Like Thirtysomething Spirit" ("Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana), "The Sounds of Silas" ("The Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel), and "Bethlehemian Rhapsody" ("Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen).

ApologetiX gets their name from the word "apologetics," which is a reference to a famous defense of the Christian faith.[4] It is based on the Greek word for defense, "apologia." The word is used in 1 Peter 3:15, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (defense or "apologia") to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..." (NIV). Their logo, a triquetra, is an ancient symbol of the Holy Trinity.[5]

Contents

Guitarists

One of the co-founders of ApologetiX, along with lead singer and lyricist J. Jackson[6], Karl Messner served as the band's lead guitarist and producer from the band's inception until early September 2007, when he left the band to pursue other interests.

In the early days of the band, Karl shared lead guitar duties with Andy Sparks, until Andy moved to bass in the fall of 1993. After that, Karl played all lead guitars for the band, with occasional rhythm guitar by J. Jackson (from 1992-97). From 1998 on, he was band's sole guitarist until February 2004, when Bill Hubauer began touring with the band as both a keyboardist and guitarist.[7] Karl was replaced as lead guitarist and producer by Bill Hubauer in September 2007.[8] When ApologetiX added Tom Milnes and Tom Tincha on lead guitars in the fall of 2008, Bill was able to concentrate on keyboards again, while continuing to produce the band's CDs.[8]

Drummers

ApologetiX has had 6 official drummers. Jeff Pakula (June 1990-September 1993), Rick Servocky (November 1993-April 1995), Bob Flaherty (May 1995-September 1998), Fred Behanna (February 1999-January 2001), Bill "Moose" Rieger (March 2001-January 2005) & most currently Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner (October 2005-Current).[9]

ApologetiX has had multiple other drummers as well. Their longtime fill-in drummer, Keith Harrold (played on Isn't Wasn't Ain't & Keep The Change), David McKee (played on Jesus Christ Morningstar as well as 2 concerts in 1998), and Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz (drummer for "Weird Al" Yankovic), who played 7 tracks on Biblical Graffiti.[10] Ron Zanski (2 shows in 1993) and Allen Muckle (3 shows in 2001) have also played with the band.[9] According to the band's website, Weird Al himself has told them he thinks they do "fabulous work."[11]

Discography

Studio & live albums

Year Title Label
1993 Isn't Wasn't Ain't Parodudes
1994 Radical History Tour Parodudes
1997 Ticked Parodudes
1998 Jesus Christ Morningstar Parodudes
1999 Biblical Graffiti Parodudes
2000 Spoofernatural Parodudes
2001 Keep The Change Parodudes
2002 Grace Period Parodudes
2003 Adam Up Parodudes
2005 Apol-acoustiX Parodudes
2005 Hits: The Road Parodudes
2006 Wordplay Parodudes
2007 Chosen Ones Parodudes
2008 Future Tense Parodudes
2009 Recovery Parodudes
2009 The Boys Aren't Backin' Down Parodudes
2010 TBA Parodudes

Christmas Albums

Year Title Label
2002 Have Yourself A Parody Little Christmas Parodudes
2008 The 12 Downloads of Christmas Parodudes

Compilation albums

Year Title Label
2004 New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2 Parodudes

Video albums

Year Title Label
2005 Samson Comes Alive: An Evening With ApologetiX DVD Parodudes

Awards

  • 2005 Best CD Award: New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2 (Christianity Today's Reader's Choice Awards)
  • 2004 Favorite Indie Artist (CCM Magazine Reader's Choice Awards)
  • 2002 Recorded Fringe Song of the Year: "The Real Sin Savior" (American Christian Music Awards/ChristianBEATS)
  • 2004 Alternative Song of The Year: "Lifestyles of The Rich & Nameless" (American Christian Music Awards)
  • 2004 Alternative Artist of The Year (American Christian Music Awards)

Chart positions of singles & albums

Albums

  • Keep The Change

National Christian Retail Bestsellers Rock Chart, published by CCM (#15, November 2001)

  • Adam Up

National Christian Modern/College Rock Album Chart, ChristianBEATS (#1, May/June 2004)

  • New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2

National Christian Newest Rock Album Chart, American Christian Music Journal (#1, December 2004) National Christian Modern/Alternative Album Chart, American Christian Music Journal (#1, December 2004)

Singles

  • "JC's Mom"

Christian Alternative/Modern Singles, American Christian Music Journal (#1, January 2005)

  • "Look Yourself"

Christian Rap/Hip Hop Singles, ChristianBEATS (#1, January 2004) Christian-hiphop.net (#1) R & R National Christian Rhythmic Charts (Top 10)

  • "Lifestyles of the Rich & Nameless"

R & R National Christian Rock Charts (Top 30, April 2004) ChristianBEATS National Christian Modern/College Singles (#2, May 2004)

  • "The Real Sin Savior"

ChristianBEATS National Christian rock charts (Top 30, Fall 2002)

Other Top 40 Hits on the National Christian Rock Charts:

  • "Smooth Grandmama" (R & R. Top 30, September 2002)
  • "How You Rewind Me" (R & R, Top 30, July 2003)
  • "Downer of a Sister" (R & R, Top 40, October 2004)

Karl Messner

Karl Messner in 2007

Karl Messner is a Contemporary Christian Music artist who co-founded ApologetiX in 1992 with J. Jackson. He produced and played lead guitar on their first 14 albums, as well as performing nearly 1,000 concerts with the band in all 50 states and Canada.[12]

Karl was instrumental in establishing ApologetiX as a successful independent Christian band. As a web developer and programmer Karl designed the band's website & created a program called "Dexter" that handles the booking, online sales & other aspects of the band.[13][14] The internet & tools like Dexter are challenging the notion that for a band to be successful, it needs to be signed to a large record label.[15]

In September 2007, Karl left ApologetiX to pursue other interests. He announced his first solo album, tentatively called Liberty, in March 2009. The album is expected to be released in late 2009 or early 2010.[16][17]

References

External links


ApologetiX
Origin United States
Genres Christian rock, CCM, comedy rock, parody
Years active 1992—present
Website www.apologetix.com
Members
J. Jackson
Keith Haynie
Jimmy Tanner
Bill Hubauer
Tom Milnes
Tom Tincha
Former members
Karl Messner
Jerry Hayostek
Bob Flaherty
Fred Behanna
Jeff Pakula
Rick Servocky
Andy Sparks
Bill "Moose" Rieger

ApologetiX is a Christian parody band located in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. that has played in 44 of the 50 states.[1] The band was founded in 1992 and consists of J. Jackson on vocals, Keith Haynie on bass guitar, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner on drums,[2] Bill Hubauer on keyboard[3] and Tom Milnes and Tom Tincha (a.k.a. "TNT"), both on lead guitar.[3] In the song "We're In A Parody Band," ApologetiX refers to itself as a cross between "Weird Al" Yankovic and Billy Graham.

ApologetiX rewrites secular songs with Christian lyrics to create parodies with Christian messages. Some of their parodies include "Micah No. 5" (Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega) "Lazy Brain" (Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne), "Hotel Can't Afford Ya" ("Hotel California" by The Eagles), "Corinthians" (based on "In the End" by Linkin Park), "Look Yourself" ("Lose Yourself" by Eminem), "Smooth Grandmama" (based on the Alien Ant Farm cover version of "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson), "Smells Like Thirtysomething Spirit" ("Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana), "The Sounds of Silas" ("The Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel), and "Bethlehemian Rhapsody" ("Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen).

ApologetiX gets their name from the word "apologetics," which is a defense of the Christian faith.[3] It is based on the Greek word for defense, "apologia." The word is used in 1 Peter 3:15, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (defense or "apologia") to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..." (NIV). Their logo, a triquetra, is an ancient symbol of the Holy Trinity.[3]

Contents

Guitarists

One of the co-founders of ApologetiX, along with lead singer and lyricist J. Jackson,[3] Karl Messner served as the band's lead guitarist and producer from the band's inception until early September 2007.

In the early days of the band, Karl shared lead guitar duties with Andy Sparks, until Andy moved to bass in the fall of 1993. After that, Karl played all lead guitars for the band, with occasional rhythm guitar by J. Jackson (from 1992–97). From 1998 on, he was band's sole guitarist until February 2004, when Bill Hubauer began touring with the band as both a keyboardist and guitarist. Karl was replaced as lead guitarist and producer by Bill Hubauer in September 2007.[3] When ApologetiX added Tom Milnes and Tom Tincha on lead guitars in the fall of 2008, Bill was able to concentrate on keyboards again, while continuing to produce the band's CDs.[3]

Drummers

ApologetiX has had six official drummers. Jeff Pakula (June 1990-September 1993), Rick Servocky (November 1993-April 1995), Bob Flaherty (May 1995-September 1998), Fred Behanna (February 1999-January 2001), Bill "Moose" Rieger (March 2001-January 2005) and Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner (October 2005-Current).[4]

ApologetiX has had multiple other drummers as well. Their longtime fill-in drummer, Keith Harrold (played on Isn't Wasn't Ain't and Keep The Change), David McKee (played on Jesus Christ Morningstar as well as two concerts in 1998), and Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz (drummer for "Weird Al" Yankovic), who played 7 tracks on Biblical Graffiti.[3] Ron Zanski (two shows in 1993) and Allen Muckle (three shows in 2001) have also played with the band. According to the band's website, Weird Al himself has told them he thinks they do "fabulous work."[3]

Discography

Studio & live albums

Year Title Label
1993 Isn't Wasn't Ain't Parodudes
1994 Radical History Tour Parodudes
1997 Ticked Parodudes
1998 Jesus Christ Morningstar Parodudes
1999 Biblical Graffiti Parodudes
2000 Spoofernatural Parodudes
2001 Keep The Change Parodudes
2002 Grace Period Parodudes
2003 Adam Up Parodudes
2005 Apol-acoustiX Parodudes
2005 Hits: The Road Parodudes
2006 Wordplay Parodudes
2007 Chosen Ones Parodudes
2008 Future Tense Parodudes
2009 Recovery Parodudes
2009 The Boys Aren't Backin' Down Parodudes
2010 Soundproof Parodudes

Christmas Albums

Year Title Label
2002 Have Yourself A Parody Little Christmas Parodudes
2008 The 12 Downloads of Christmas Parodudes

Compilation albums

Year Title Label
2004 New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2 Parodudes

Video albums

Year Title Label
2005 Samson Comes Alive: An Evening With ApologetiX DVD Parodudes

Awards

  • 2005 Best CD Award: New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2 (Christianity Today's Reader's Choice Awards)
  • 2004 Favorite Indie Artist (CCM Magazine Reader's Choice Awards)
  • 2002 Recorded Fringe Song of the Year: "The Real Sin Savior" (American Christian Music Awards/ChristianBEATS)
  • 2004 American Christian Music Awards, Alternative Song of The Year: "Lifestyles of The Rich & Nameless"[5]
  • 2004 American Christian Music Awards, Outstanding Modern/College Rock Artist[5]

Chart positions of singles & albums

Albums

  • Keep The Change

National Christian Retail Bestsellers Rock Chart, published by CCM (#15, November 2001)

  • Adam Up

National Christian Modern/College Rock Album Chart, ChristianBEATS (#1, May/June 2004)

  • New & Used Hits: The Best of ApologetiX Vol. 1 & 2

National Christian Newest Rock Album Chart, American Christian Music Journal (#1, December 2004) National Christian Modern/Alternative Album Chart, American Christian Music Journal (#1, December 2004)

Singles

  • "JC's Mom"

Christian Alternative/Modern Singles, American Christian Music Journal (#1, January 2005)

  • "Look Yourself"

Christian Rap/Hip Hop Singles, ChristianBEATS (#1, January 2004) Christian-hiphop.net (#1) R & R National Christian Rhythmic Charts (Top 10)

  • "Lifestyles of the Rich & Nameless"

R & R National Christian Rock Charts (Top 30, April 2004) ChristianBEATS National Christian Modern/College Singles (#2, May 2004)

  • "The Real Sin Savior"

ChristianBEATS National Christian rock charts (Top 30, Fall 2002)

Other Top 40 Hits on the National Christian Rock Charts:

  • "Smooth Grandmama" (R & R. Top 30, September 2002)
  • "How You Rewind Me" (R & R, Top 30, July 2003)
  • "Downer of a Sister" (R & R, Top 40, October 2004)

Karl Messner

File:Karl Messner on the
Karl Messner in 2007

Karl Messner is a Contemporary Christian Music artist who co-founded ApologetiX in 1992 with J. Jackson. He produced and played lead guitar on their first 14 albums, as well as performing nearly 1,000 concerts with the band in all 50 states and Canada.[6]

Karl was instrumental in establishing ApologetiX as a successful independent Christian band. As a web developer and programmer Karl designed the band's website & created a program called "Dexter" that handles the booking, online sales & other aspects of the band.[7]<[8] The internet & tools like Dexter are challenging the notion that for a band to be successful, it needs to be signed to a large record label.

He announced his first solo album, tentatively called Liberty, in March 2009. The album is expected to be released in 2010.

References

  1. ^ Bonnett, Vaunda (February 25, 2005). "ApologetiX show opens new facility". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/s_307319.html. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bios". ApologetiX. http://www.apologetix.com/bios/bios.php. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "FAQ". ApologetiX. http://www.apologetix.com/faq/faq.php. 
  4. ^ "Bios - Jimmy". ApologetiX. http://www.apologetix.com/bios/jimmy.php. 
  5. ^ a b Jones, Kim. "American Christian Music Awards, 2004". About.com. http://christianmusic.about.com/od/awards/a/aaACMaward04.htm. 
  6. ^ "Fan Club News". ApologetiX. http://www.apologetix.com/news/news-details.php?news_id=1299. 
  7. ^ "Fan Club News". ApologetiX. http://www.apologetix.com/news/news-details.php?news_id=406. 
  8. ^ "Fan Club News - Phound Photos!". ApologetiX. http://www.apologetix.com/news/news-details.php?news_id=579. 

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