What's the story behind Apoplectic?
In a sense, Apoplectic is the follow-up to our Ticked (a.k.a. "Rolling Clone") CD from 1997. It concentrates on the same era and genre of music, and it has a similar attitude. That's one of the reasons we called it "Apoplectic," which basically means "really ticked."
A number of our fans who aren't even familiar with 90's music have told us that Ticked is one of their favorite ApologetiX CDs, because of how powerful the songs are. We hope and think you'll feel the same way about Apoplectic.
All but one of the parodies on Apoplectic were written at the same time as the ones on Ticked ("God Knows You've Tried" was written in 2014). We just ran out of space in 1997.
However, waiting 17 additional years has given us a lot more time to hone our craft, so the quality of the performances on Apoplectic are a marked improvement. We actually began writing songs for Ticked at the end of 1994, so some of these songs have been waiting 20 years, although we have tweaked the lyrics a little bit.
Two of the tracks on this CD are sung by J.'s oldest daughter, Janna, who was born in 1996, about the same time he got the lyrics for the songs she would grow up to sing! Fittingly, one of those songs is a parody of a song called "Ironic."
So God provided the singer at the same time He provided the lyrics. We just had to wait 18 years to find that out. Isn't that ironic?
If you're unfamiliar with some of the songs we spoofed here, just pretend it's that long-awaited CD of original music you've been asking us to release!