Heavenly Head Banging
"I like to think of Jesus with giant eagles wings, and singin' lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with an angel band."
These words, spoken by John C. Riley's ever poignant Cal Norton Jr. character from Talladega Nights, describe a heaven that is different from the peaceful, sunny clouds and golden roads that people normally imagine. Cal envisions a heaven that rocks with thunderous drums and intense guitars and so did the people who wrote these classic songs.
Stephen Russ is Beliefnet's music editor, he one day hopes to front his own angel band.