“The Only Good Christian is a Dead Christian”

Don’t take this title at face value; it’s more complex than it reads. It’s all about alcoholism and hiding your bullshit, a facet that Jim Thirlwell has struggled with for years and, obviously, hasn’t been shy about.

A friend of mine interviewed him way back in the 90s and stated: “I’ve never seen someone drink so much Jagermeister.” Given the time period, that’s saying something.

Obviously, Thirlwell is still alive, so he’s doing — if not well, then surviving — but it’s an evocative song.

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