Bands or song titles with the them of the ten commandments?
October 7, 2011 7:47 AM   Subscribe

Pub quiz music question setting. Bands or song titles with the theme of the ten commandments?

The more mainstream, the better, but all suggestions welcome.
posted by Jakey to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Off the top of my head: The Killers, Billy Idol, Black Sabbath, Stealer's Wheel, Witness (as in "false witness").
posted by supercres at 7:53 AM on October 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Jah Shaka has a whole series of albums called The Commandments of Dub, with lots of song titles based on the individual commandments.

Prince Far I (youtube link) has a song in which he goes right down the list.

There are plenty of other examples in the reggae/dub field, if that's acceptable to the pub quiz rules.
posted by Aquaman at 7:56 AM on October 7, 2011

"Thou Shalt Always Kill" by Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:06 AM on October 7, 2011

The Ten Commandments of Love
My Sweet Lord
Killing Me Softly

Do you want examples that just use one of the words from a commandment (like Black Sabbath) or examples that express the ideas themselves?
posted by iconomy at 8:15 AM on October 7, 2011

I'm open to either approach, and will probably end up using a mixture of the two.
posted by Jakey at 8:20 AM on October 7, 2011

How much licence do you have here?

Connie Francis (and lots of others) - Never On A Sunday (For 'remember the sabbath and keep it holy)
The Notorious B.I.G. - Ten Commandments
The Pretenders - The Adultress

I feel like there should be songs that feature lyrics about 'doin what your mama/daddy said' (Honour thy father and mother) and maybe some songs with something about 'set in stone' like the commandments themselves? Nothing comes to mind right now.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 8:21 AM on October 7, 2011

I don't want to get too obscure with buried lyrical references, but well-known lines that are not the actual title would be OK.
posted by Jakey at 8:26 AM on October 7, 2011

Always Remember To respect and Honour Your Mother, but that's kind of an obscure dance record..
posted by empath at 8:28 AM on October 7, 2011

Oh, sorry, the original mix.
posted by empath at 8:30 AM on October 7, 2011

For coveting thy neighbor's ass, what about Baby Got Back?
posted by slmorri at 8:34 AM on October 7, 2011 [4 favorites]

Does Chocolate Jesus (Tom Waits) count as a graven image?
posted by Trivia Newton John at 8:44 AM on October 7, 2011

Snoop Dogg, "Murder was the Case"
posted by Jahaza at 8:47 AM on October 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Prince Buster - The Ten Commandments.

If you want a bit of ska-based sexism. :-)
posted by Decani at 8:54 AM on October 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

It may be too obscure, but Ezra Furman and the Harpoons' "I Dreamed of Moses" is fitting.
posted by lrrosa at 11:50 PM on October 7, 2011

Enigma - Principles of Lust
posted by knile at 1:46 PM on October 9, 2011

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