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Album: Jesus SongsReleased: 2006
"I've no idea, really, where the other band members stand on faith and belief. I don't think any of us have got any anti- or pro-religious leanings. I'm an agnostic. I was brought up Church of England, and I'm Protestant, but only a little bit," he says. So why in the world did Steve Adams write an entire compilation of songs featuring the name Jesus?
Steve confesses, "It was purely a cheap shot, because he's a good historical figure to use. Not cheap shot – I think people made us feel like it was a cheap shot. It was actually that Jesus is featured really heavily in the rock and roll music that I liked when I was younger. Jesus and Mary Chain... all those people would talk about Jesus. And it just seemed like an obvious thing for us to do. I think it's because it's one of the central tenets of country music, and if we were going to be pretending to do country music then I thought we should dive straight in."
This song is one of a three-parter, and interestingly enough Parts III and II were written before Part I. "I wrote one, the song called 'Walking Back To Jesus,' and then I thought about another song," explains Steve, "and I realized I wanted to call that one 'Walking Back To Jesus' as well (laughs), so I thought well then I'd write a series. I actually wrote the second one first, and then the third one, and then the first one. And it was just because it sounded like a nice thing to talk about, like going away from the flock and going back."
I'm not your only son, but I'm equal to whichever one you compare me to.
"I feel quite strongly against the deification of singers in bands," offers Steve, talking about that line. "I think it's a ridiculous thing to do, and people shouldn't think that because people are in bands they're any cooler than anybody else. I get annoyed with Jim Morrison-type people, and that was the point of that, really. 'I'm not Jesus, but I'll tell you what, I'm not too bad.'" (Read the full interview with Steve Adams