Thursday, 5 August 2010

Easy, Deasy

I found this little gem on another site (thank you so much Jukebox Mafia) and felt compelled to share it with you. After listening to Mike Deasy singing God Hates Queer (sic) I'm sure you'll understand why.

What I found most amazing, or possibly troubling, about the religious zealot's tirade was discovering the number of records in my own collection that the man who declares himself 'one of the most recorded guitarists in the history of music' has appeared on: virtually the entire Monkees' discography, classic albums by the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Unsurprisingly God Hates Queer is notable for its absence from the god-bothering Mike Deasy's own discography (you'll find that here).

These days Mike makes most of his money from pandering to America's ever-growing Christian Music audience through touring, preaching the good word via his Mike Deasy Ministries programme and recording dreadfully anodyne paeans to the old man in the white beard who lives in the sky. Pleasingly, for fans of the ridiculous and for those of us who like our saviour supporters to have a bit of Jim and Tammy Bakker about them, the man is also running his own song-poem outfit. Saltmine records not only produce tracks by Mike and his missus Kathie but will, for a fee of $100, put your poem to music - and for a further $250 record a demo for you. How generous. I wonder how much of that ends up in the collection plate?

Unfortunately there is no composer credit on the label for God Hates Queer so we'll never know for sure if Mike wrote it himself or if it was submitted to his song sharking enterprise, although the latter is doubtful. Every other song-poem record which has ever been pressed credits the songwriter; what would be the point otherwise?

Mike, you may want to forget this little slice of bigotry, but I'm afraid the World's Worst Records feels obliged to out you.

Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. "Hate the sin but love the sinner. But you know it ain't the sin that's gonna burn."

    So really, he's looking forward to them burning. Since when did religion become an excuse to punish everyone you dislike? Oh wait, since always.

    Truly awful stuff, but thank you for sharing. I hope Mr. Deasy's hell is filled with leathermen and topless dykes.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The message/lyric is definitely ignorant and hateful, but the music itself is kinda "bouncy" and catchy. Sorry!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I agree. Catchy and bouncy bigotry is fine with me!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think he was bold to sing the truth and on fire for God.

    ReplyDelete
  5. God hates Queer
    as the song says it doesn't say queers ..
    its the action that God Hates and is considered an abomination.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do you know anything about Mike Deasey? please tell me if you do....do you really think he's speaking of homosexuals? Fags? Queers? I thought not DarrylW Bullock... so judgemental about the judgemental..funny how it all works like that. Have you heard all the rest of the music this man has produced since the 50's? Well I have...I am his neice from California and I grew up idiolizing my uncle and listening to stories of famous people he had worked with along the way. Maybe look him up and listen to a little buddy holly and ritchie vallens and then Miochael Jackson. Really....he must suck and talk about gay people. So quick for judgement just like the rest of the small minded people in the world. Oh im only 38 and know everything there is to know about him musically. Do you know his brother in law? Jim Horn?

      Delete
    2. Dear Anonymous,

      I'm not really sure what your point is. Obviously I am aware of your Uncle's other work, as I've mentioned several of the artists he's worked with and , as a life-long Beatles fan, I know of Jim Horn...the man is a legend.

      But to call me small minded? Have you listed to the lyrics of this piece of trash? Probably not as your uncle is too ashamed of the record to include it in his own official discography. So, just for you, here is the first verse:

      God hates queer and so do I
      To say that’s the way you’re born is an alibi
      You’re going straight to hell and there you’ll fry
      Because God hates queers and so do I

      Incidentally this lovely little ditty ends with the line 'Hate the sin but love the sinner – but you know it ain’t the sin that’s gonna burn'. Delightful. I've apologised in the past for upsetting people, but, as a gay man who has spent a lifetime combatting this kind of garbage, I feel fully justified in being judgemental in this instance.

      I'm glad you idolise your uncle, but he should be thoroughly ashamed of himself for recording this disgusting, bigoted piece of hate-filled crap.

      Have a nice day!

      Delete
  6. Yes Merry, being gay, or 'queer' if you will, is no more of an abomination to God than eating shellfish, shaving your hair or wearing mixed fibres.

    The big problem I have with people who claim to be Christian (and hate is hardly a Christian emotion, is it?) is that they cherry pick the bits of the bible they like and beat people they don't like across the head with their bigotry.

    So, does your God also hate people who eat prawns or wear polycotton shirts and will he smite any man who shares a bed with his wife while she is having her period? Of course not. Otherwise we're all going to hell - you and Mike and me too!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Alas! Poor Merry...the Liberace of straights! Tune made want to tap dance on the coffe table...again!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I saw Mike and his wife Kathy in the early 80's at my local church. Absolutly wonderful guitar player with a fairly nice presentation of music. I didn't hear anything but mainstream middle of the road kind of views at that time. Sorry to hear about this other song. Hate damages everything, the hater and the hated. Hard to fight hate w/o being drawn into the middle of it, but I truly understand the need and appreciate the courage and effort. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete

WWR Most Popular Posts