ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band), located in Pittsburgh, PA, was founded in 1992 and consists of J. Jackson on vocals, Tom Tincha and Wayne Bartley on guitars, Keith Haynie on bass, and Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner on the drums. 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 often comical Christian lyrics. Some of their more popula parodies include "Corinthians" (parody of "In the End" by Linkin Park), "Look Yourself" ("Lose Yourself" by Eminem), "Smooth Grandmama" ("Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson), "Smells Like Thirtysomething Spirit" ("Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana), "Sounds of Silas" ("Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel), "Bethlehemian Rhapsody" ("Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen), and "Bought By The Egyptians ("Walk Like An Egyptian" by the Bangles).
ApologetiX gets their unusual name from the word "apologetics", which means "the defense of the Christian faith." 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.
Since 2014, ApologetiX has been releasing bi-weekly singles and four albums a year. In addition, they have been expanding their sound by adding female vocals and brass instruments.
This year (2017) is their 25th anniversary! No special plans have been announced yet.
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