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New Year's Revolution, New CD in Stock
January 2, 2021, 8:22 pm EST
ApologetiX Fan Club Newsletter goes out to 61,542 subscribers.

In This Issue:

New CD in Stock, BOGO >>

Huge Rally in DC Jan. 6 >>

Daily News You Can Use >>

Links to Our Recent Newsletters >>

Bible Reading Update >>

New USBs Have All 61 CDs >>

Album Challenge: Week 34 >>

How to Donate & Get MP3s >>

Tell Us About You.

Help us pick new songs to parody and cities to tour in by telling us about you. At least your zipcode and date of birth. (We won't tell anyone.)

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Photos from the Road

We try to take as many pictures of our concerts and fans as possible, and we have a bunch from our concert in Gahanna, OH on Sat., Nov 12.

See the photos from Gahanna, OH and other concerts.

Come to the Show
Nov. 30, 1999 at 12:00 am
info, tix, directions >>

Were You There?

Fans love to look up the photos on our website, and email them around. These are the ten most recent concerts that we have no photos from. Pick any concert you have photos for and please upload them.

1. Pittsburgh, PA  03.28.15
2. Barrington, RI  10.18.14
3. Harleysville, PA  10.17.14
4. Chesaning, MI  07.10.10

Upcoming Fan Birthdays

Happy birthday to all our fans and friends who are celebrating a birthday in the coming week including these 168 fans:

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J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here.

Happy new year! Some fans probably hoped my resolution would be to stop talking about politics. I hope I can do that soon. If you'd told me a year ago that our final four newsletters of 2020 would be largely devoted to the state of the nation, I would've had a hard time believing that.

Yet that's what happened. And somehow our most-recent newsletter became our most-read issue in years. The response continues to be about 95 percent positive. It encourages me to hear how many fans have had their eyes, hearts, and minds opened to what is going on.

Apparently, that's happening to a lot of senators and congressman, too. One month ago, only one U.S. House rep said he intended to challenge the electors from the seven disputed states on January 6. As of today, that group has grown at least 140 U.S. House reps and 12 U.S. senators, including 11 senators who made the following announcement today:


Here's a great six-minute video from North Carolina Congressman-elect Madison Cawthorn, an outspoken Christian, explaining about election fraud and why he plans to be a part of the objection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BroXY4Dw740&feature=youtu.be

That list of objectors appears to be growing. Some sources say there are now 160 reps and 16 senators. All that was needed to officially challenge was one rep and one senator, but the momentum obviously grows as more people join in. As I've heard it said, "Courage is contagious."

A number of fans have told me I was courageous for speaking out, but I've tried to set 'em straight: I'm about as brave as Gideon was when he was threshing grain in the wine press in Judges 6. I fear speaking out, but I believe God wants me to, and I fear Him a lot more.

If you don't think believers should speak out about such things, take another look at what the prophets had to say about Israel, Judah, and many other nations in the books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and in the Major and Minor Prophets. And don't forget Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

I have a few more things to say about current events in this issue. But first, here's some good non-political news about our new CD:

New CD in Stock: Get 1 of 34 CDs Free
December 29, 2020, 1:58 pm EST

Our 61st CD, Overdue Books, is finally in stock! Fans who pre-ordered should be receiving their copies soon.

Order now, and you'll get the MP3 download immediately. You'll also get an extra Overdue Books CD free with every one you buy. Or choose from 33 other titles. For more info, go to:


Huge Rally in D.C. This Wednesday, January 6
January 2, 2021, 7:34 pm EST

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here again.

In case you haven't heard, there is going to be a massive rally to support President Trump and overturn election fraud this coming Wednesday, January 6, in Washington D.C.

This is the third such D.C. rally in two months, but it's the first one the President has actively encouraged his supporters to attend. And he has done so repeatedly, even though he did not organize this rally or the ones that preceded it. His words: "Be there, will be wild."

My wife, Lisa, and I attended the first one on November 11 (eight days after the election) along with ApX keyboardist Rich Mannion and his wife, Nettie. Then Lisa and I attended the second one on December 12 with a longtime ApX fan from Maryland.

Lisa and I are planning to attend Wednesday, too, and this time ApX guitarist Tom Milnes and his wife, Barb want to come along.

It's happening the same day that Congress is meeting in regard to the electors. If you didn't read the preamble of this week's newsletter, make sure you check that out for some stunning recent developments.

This event is getting an enormous amount of attention on Twitter. People are organizing convoys from all over the United States. It looks to be even more massively attended than the previous two, and it needs to be, in order to send a message to Congress, the media, and the nation itself.

At the November and December rallies, there were multiple events at multiple locations (Freedom Plaza, the Capitol building, the Supreme Court Building). There were also a large number of notable speakers (including pastors), many of whom spoke at each location.

You can find out more about the January 6 events at:



We're being told President Trump himself will be speaking at 10 or 11 a.m.

As I said a couple weeks ago, I am not a rally or "rah rah" guy. I'd rather stay home with my family, but we've made arrangements to be there, because we believe this is a crucial moment in our nation's history.

This is the first time I've mentioned one of these rallies before it happened. I'm doing that for two reasons: First, I want to let you know about it and to encourage anybody who has the inclination to come and be a part of it. Second, I want to ask for your prayers for us and for all who will be attending. Thank you.

The War Room: Daily News You Can Use
January 2, 2021, 3:50 pm EST

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here again.

I know many our fans are interested in keeping up with the election fraud situation, the COVID controversy, and the threat of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) influence on (and infiltration of) U.S. politics, business, and entertainment. Unfortunately, they don't have the time to follow Twitter, and they're not sure where to go for the latest info and breaking news.

If you're one of those folks, you ought to consider watching The War Room: Pandemic with Stephen K. Bannon, which airs Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m till noon EST with a second, all-new afternoon show Monday through Friday from 5-6 p.m. EST. Later in this article, I'll include info on where you can watch it.

Like Rush Limbaugh before him, Steve Bannon is an outspoken, controversial figure, but I recommend that you watch the show for yourself and see what you think. That's what my wife and I did a couple months ago. We have found the show to be extremely informative and optimistic without being sensationalistic.

Bannon is the former executive chairman of Breitbart News. He also previously served as the White House's chief strategist and senior counselor to President Trump during the first seven months of Trump's term. His frequent co-host Raheem Kassam is former editor-in-chief of Breitbart News London and current editor-in-chief of The National Pulse.

The show features guests who are close to the situation, like Rudy Giuliani, Boris Epshteyn, Peter Navarro, Arizona Congressman Mark Finchem, Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano, and many others.

Although it's a television show, the audio is also available as a podcast. In fact, it has recently become the #1 political podcast in the United States:


The television show is available on many different platforms, including YouTube, PlutoTV Channel 240, Dish Channel 219, Roku, Apple TV, FireTV, and on https://AmericasVoice.news

You can watch or listen to the shows live or later at your leisure.

Here are the episodes from this morning:

Saturday morning's show Pt. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F43lbnpf7ww

Saturday morning's show Pt. 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftJPJuM7yrA

You can also subscribe for free and get them every day.

Links to Our Recent Newsletters
January 2, 2021, 4:45 pm EST

Our four December newsletters caused a bit of our stir. If you missed any of them, here are the links for them:





Bible Reading Update: Ezekiel 34-Hosea 14
January 2, 2021, 12:03 am EST

We began our latest trip through the Bible on May 6. Here's our Bible-reading plan for the next two weeks for those of you reading along with us:

Sun., Jan. 3 - Ezekiel 34-36
Mon., Jan. 4 - Ezekiel 37-39
Tue., Jan. 5 - Ezekiel 40-42
Wed., Jan. 6 - Ezekiel 43-45
Thu., Jan. 7 - Ezekiel 46-48
Fri., Jan. 8 - Daniel 1-3
Sat., Jan. 9 - Daniel 4-6
Sun., Jan. 10 - Daniel 7-9
Mon., Jan. 11 - Daniel 10-12
Tue., Jan. 12 - Hosea 1-3
Wed., Jan. 13 - Hosea 4-6
Thu., Jan. 14 - Hosea 7-9
Fri., Jan. 15 - Hosea 10-12
Sat., Jan. 16 - Hosea 13-14

Note: If you don't have a Bible handy, you can look up these passages for free on http://www.biblegateway.com. They have about 60 different English translations/versions there to choose from, plus translations in many other languages, many of which also have multiple translations/versions.

New USBs Have All 61 CDs
January 2, 2021, 12:09 am EST

Our new batch of USB thumb drives even includes our new CD, Overdue Books!

Emblazoned with the ApologetiX logo, the USBs include the digital versions of all 61 of our CDs, plus any parodies or rarities we've released that aren't on those CDs, plus the 2016 edition of our digital songbook.

They're available for a donation of $150 or more. If you've donated for our complete library before, they're available for a donation of $50 or more.


The Expanding Album Challenge: Week 34
January 1, 2021, 8:46 pm EST

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here again.

It has become apparent that I'll need more than 365 days in the "albums that influenced me" series that I started in May 2020. Will 500 be enough? I don't know. We'll make like superintendent Schneider and take it one day at time. Here are entries from this past week:

233. Grand Funk Hits – Grand Funk
Released in 1976, this album features Grand Funk's hits from 1972 on — after they split with former manager Terry Knight. As a result, it's missing earlier Top 40 hits "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)" and "Footstompin' Music," two of their very finest. But it does have the Top 5 hits "We're an American Band," "The Loco-Motion," "Some Kind of Wonderful," and "Bad Time." Plus three other Top 40 hits: "Rock 'N Roll Soul," "Walk Like a Man," and "Shinin' On." I'm a fan of all those songs, but another tune contained herein that I think should have been a bigger hit is "Take Me," which went to #53 in early '76. ApologetiX has spoofed two of the aforementioned Top 5 hits.

234. Uh-huh – John Cougar Mellencamp
I had really liked "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane" from American Fool, but the first time I heard "Crumblin' Down," the lead single from this album, I thought it was the new Stones single. And I thought it was fantastic. I bought that 45 and its follow-up, "Pink Houses," after it came out. The flip sides, "Golden Gates" and "Serious Business," were pretty decent, too. I also liked "Authority Song" and "Play Guitar" from the radio, so I eventually bought the cassette. My favorite among the rest of the tracks was "Warmer Place to Sleep." ApologetiX has spoofed three of the songs on this album — one of them multiple times and another only on one of our early cassettes.

235. Heartbeat City – The Cars
Tom Dellaquila and I couldn't wait for this album to be released. Then came the first single, "You Might Think," with that spectacular (for the time) video. Then "Magic." Loved that song. Then "Drive," their biggest hit. Then "Hello Again" — loads of fun. The fifth single, "Why Can't I Have You?," was my least favorite of all 10 tracks, but I bought the 45 anyway, because it had a phenomenal flip side, a previously unreleased song called "Breakaway." When I revisited this album a year or ago, I was amazed at how great songs like "I Refuse," "Stranger Eyes," and "Lookin' for Love" sounded. We went to see them in concert on the Heartbeat City tour at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena on July 27, 1984. Sounded just like the record but didn't have much to say. But at least Wang Chung opened for them, and they already had two Top 40 hits under their belts — "Don't Let Go" (#38) and "Dance Hall Days," which had peaked at #16 three weeks earlier.

236. Seven and the Ragged Tiger – Duran Duran
The first single from this album, "Union of the Snake," was OK but didn't thrill me as much as previous Duran hits. But I sure did like the second single, "New Moon on Monday"; I love me some Simon LeBon vocal histrionics. And the third single, "The Reflex," was phenomenal, especially after Nile Rodgers of Chic remixed it for radio. No wonder it became their first #1 U.S. hit. Of the non-hit tracks, my favorite was "I Take the Dice." And those lyrics throughout the album — did even LeBon, Rhodes, or any of the Taylors know what they meant? Were they ingeniously impenetrable or simply silly? Please, please tell me now!

237. Van Halen – Van Halen
This album should appear earlier on the list, but I don't know where to put it. At one point or another, in one form or another, ApologetiX has spoofed five of its tracks: "Runnin' with the Devil," "Eruption," "You Really Got Me," "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love," and "Ice Cream Man." We've also spoofed "Tone Lōc's "Wild Thing," which famously borrowed the lick from "Jamie's Cryin'." That's six out of 11 songs. So, yeah, it was kind of influential. I also sang both "You Really Got Me" and "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" in my first rock band, Terminal, back in early '82.

238. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
I saw Springsteen two times in Pittsburgh on the Born in the USA tour — September 21, 1984, at the Civic Arena and August 11, 1985, at Three Rivers Stadium. In the 11 months between those two shows, he had obviously increased his fanbase a bit. An album with seven Top 10 hits will do that for you. ApologetiX has spoofed two of them. I kept waiting for Columbia to release my favorite song on this album, "No Surrender," as a single, but they never did. Instead, Corey Hart released "Never Surrender," and it went to #3 in August 1985, the same month I saw Springsteen the second time.

239. Purple Rain – Prince
Yes, "When Doves Cry" was innovative and cool (spending five weeks at #1), but "Let's Go Crazy" (two weeks at #1) was my jam. I once did 86 consecutive push-ups to it, as a matter of fact. I even bought the 12" extended play dance mix. This album had three other Top 40 hits — "Purple Rain (two weeks at #2)," "I Would Die 4 U" (#8) and the underrated (but not by me) "Take Me with U" (#25). Of the non-hits, "Computer Blue" was quite the earworm, but for my money, you can't beat "Baby I'm a Star." Doctor!

Note: The albums are not listed in order of preference or excellence, but in chronological order of when they influenced me. Also, just because the albums on my list influenced me back then doesn't mean I give them all a blanket endorsement now.

I started actively listening to music in the early 70's and didn't become a born-again Christian until early 1988, so it's going to be a while before we get to the Christian albums, but there will be many of those when the time comes (literally).

How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
January 1, 2021, 10:16 pm EST

If you'd like to donate to the ministry of ApologetiX, you can do so online at http://www.apologetix.com/store/store-donate.php

If you prefer to mail a check or money order, please make it out to "ApologetiX" and send it to:

208 Charlemma Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15214-1414

There are now 159 singles/EPs (324 songs) in our "downloads for a donation" series, including our latest single, "All You Need Is Done," featuring parodies of The Beatles.

To get multiple downloads with one donation go to http://apologetix.com/news/news-details.php?news_id=3564 for a complete list of songs and how to do it.

Although the donations are not tax-deductible, they will be received very gratefully and used immediately.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

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