They’ve Got A Hell Of A Band!
Rock star Neil Young’s song “Hey Hey, My My” opens with “Hey hey, my my – Rock n’ roll will never die – There's more to the picture than meets the eye…” During the early 90s a collection of short stories was published by horror writer Stephen King. One of the stories was dramatized for a television episode. It’s called “You Know They’ve Got A Hell Of A Band”. Horror stories are devil-driven, but they often contain some truth that’s somewhat believable. “You Know They’ve Got A Hell Of A Band” contains truth about rock music’s evil fruit. Here’s how the story goes:
A young couple is driving cross-country on the roads of America. Their names are Clark and Mary Willingham. Clark is a computer programmer heading for a new job, and Mary is a teacher. The couple decide to make their trip on the back roads and see some of the Pacific Northwest countryside as they make their way out of state in search for the “good things” in life. As they continue to travel, the landscape becomes unfamiliar. Then a fork in the road appears in front of them, and they continue driving into the evening, and into deeper woods. Feeling disoriented, they drive up to a tree that has fallen across their path. As Clark tries to move the tree, Mary has a brief vision of him as an old man. She sees a vision of herself similarly aged as she looks into the car’s rear-view mirror. That’s when the stereo sputters and spits out the music CD that is playing, which melts. Now that’s “hot” rock music!
After a short time they finally see a sign welcoming them to “Rock n’ Roll Heaven”. They find it strange that the town is not on any map. They roll into a town that looks to be inhabited and well kept, but the people they see appear to be rather depressed. While driving they pass a concert shell (an amphitheater) advertising a concert that evening. They enter a 50s-style dinner where they sit down and order food and drink. Clark can’t help but think their waitress looks too much like the dead rock star Janis Joplin, and before long she begins to belt out a Joplin rock song. They hear the cook call to the waitress, who looks like the dead rock star Ricky Nelson. As Clark walks over to the waitress to talk to her, Mary picks up a napkin where another waitress has written, “Get out while you still can.” Mary sends Clark out to get her wallet from the car when a burst of music was heard coming from the concert shell and the townsfolk react in horror. Clark and Mary are in a town full of dead rock stars and tormented people. This is Rock n’ Roll Hell.
Tormented and frantic, Clark and Mary attempt to escape from the town and its people. They get past the city limits and start down the road, but a bus is blocking the road, and they skid into it. It’s the “Magic Bus”. They try to back up but the engine is wrecked. Someone steps off the bus. It’s Jimi Hendrix, and as he fingers his guitar, a faint wailing of the “Star Spangled Banner” is heard. The police chief drives up to the scene. It’s dead rock star Otis Redding. The mayor arrives shortly thereafter. It’s dead rock star Elvis Presley. Presley takes the couple back to town, and he explains that the road would have run out at the swamp anyway. Presley informs them that they are the only “normal” people in town, and that they won't be allowed to leave. From now on, they will join the captive audience for the rock concert that happens every night at Town Square. The concert is free, but admission is high: “You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave…” The story concludes with Alan Freed (the DJ who popularized the term “rock n’ roll”) as an enthusiastic Emcee, finishing his introduction by declaring “Rock n’ roll will never die…” Mary then says to herself, “That's exactly what I'm afraid of”, as Clark and her settle into a valley where they will be staying forever.
This made-for-TV short story reveals an amazing amount of spiritual truth about how those who continue to idolize rock stars and rock music instead of forsaking their sin at the foot of the Cross, are sentenced to the eternal torments of rock music and rock imagery placed forcibly before them. As the sin of rock stars who follow the devil into Hell by living and dying for rock n’ roll and the rock n’ roll lifestyle (selfish pleasures of the flesh), so do those who follow the same rock stars end up in Hell as well. Sadly, Neil Young’s declaration “Rock n’ roll will never die…” is being fulfilled, even today. May God help us to expose these works of the flesh that are being enjoyed for a moment, but damning souls for eternity.
In conclusion, a person who has seen THE LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST (come into relationship with Him) does not have to go into ceremonial magick, or unite with the Black priests of the occultic Church of Rome, or take the “Mark of the Beast” to end up eternally damned. Just pursuing things that please the flesh of man (like playing rock music – or “Christian” rock) instead of pleasing THE SPIRIT OF GOD is enough to be part of the “falling away” mentioned in Scripture. DON’T BE FOOLED! Satan will take you ANY way he can GET you!
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” - 2 Timothy 2:22 (KJV)
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