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Thursday 13th November 2008

Obscure Catholic group Sonseed catapulted into the limelight through YouTube

AN OBSCURE TV appearance by an unknown Catholic pop rock group has become a huge hit on YouTube. "Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine" by Sonseed has now clocked up over 1.3 million viewings. One critic described it as "a truly cornball religiouska masterwork." Its huge popularity made some YouTube devotees suggest that it was a fake but subsequent research has revealed that the track and nine others were recorded in 1980 for an album 'First Fruit' by the group Sonseed emanating from Our Lady Of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn, New York.

Commented Cross Rhythms broadcaster and writer Mike Rimmer, "Christians have always done cheesey pop brilliantly and this cod ska track is so surreal and the video so hilarious that it deserves its unexpected fame. Some Christians may wince at how uncool 'Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine' is or how a well-intended evangelistic song is being laughed at in some circles but I've a feeling that God's using it anyway." CR

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Reader Comments

Posted by Stewart White in Oregon, USA @ 04:55 on Mar 4 2009

This song has touched my life in a way that no other song has. I was running from God, but then I heard "Jesus is a Friend of Mine", and when he said that Jesus is like a mounty, he always gets his man, my heart melted! I instantly repented and turned from a lifestyle of good music, to a lifestyle of cheesy christian music and I've never looked back. (unless you count this posting as a look back)

God truly has a sense of humor.


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