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On this rock

WIvaticantunes.jpgIt seems the Holy Father is into dad rock.  The 'semi-official' newspaper of the Holy See, L'Osservatore Romano has published a 'semi-serious' list of the ten greatest albums ever, and it displays a distinct weakness for long hair and guitar solos.

The times have clearly changed since the days when the Vatican published lists of what Catholics were forbidden to read.

The paper's recommendations of the devil's music include Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, and Revolver by the Beatles. The pope pickers also went for Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory; U2's Achtung Baby; Paul Simon's Graceland;  Michael Jackson's Thriller; and stuff by Donald Fagen, Carlos Santana and David Crosby.
Bob Dylan was explicitly excluded, to punish him for his imitators.

The list is presumably not intended as an exercise in promoting confidence in papal infallibility. On the other hand, it's refreshing to see that the See has not succumbed to the machinery of spin that dominates other western governments. This is clearly a list of albums that some old gaffer in Rome actually likes, and ticks no boxes for inclusivity or coolness.

You can't imagine a senior politician being allowed on Desert Island Discs with a list including, for instance, only one act with a woman in it. Then again, when in Romeā€¦.