Shroud of Turin

Album: The Fountain (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from British alternative rock band Echo & The Bunnymen's eleventh studio album, The Fountain.
  • Frontman Ian McCulloch told Mojo magazine June 2008 about this slice of Bowie-ish pop, in which he comes face-to-face with Christ: "Shroud of Turin is about me and Jesus. We get on pretty well."
  • McCulloch expanded on this track in publicity materials: "The song is a kind of conversation with Jesus. It's tongue-in-cheek, but it's also just another way of praying. It was based around a gig in Rimini at a club called, I think, The Transylvania, and I saw this image in the monitors, it was Jesus' face. I stopped the song, and said, 'If you all want to file past, you can see the Shroud Of Turin.' It's also a play on urine, he pissed his keks on the cross. That urine-stained shroud in Rimini."

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