MC 900 Ft Jesus

Real Name:
Mark Griffin
Profile:
American musician and rapper. Born 1957 in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Retired from the music industry between 2001 and 2017. Griffin's stage name came from a sermon by Oral Roberts, in which the televangelist claimed that he had received a vision of a 900-foot-tall (270 m) Jesus, who commanded him to build a hospital (CityPlex Towers) on the campus of Oral Roberts University. Hell with the Lid Off (1990) was Griffin's first full-length release for MC 900 Ft. Jesus as well as the first time Griffin had appeared on a major record label. It featured DJ Zero and the single "Truth Is Out Of Style" which gained a cult following. The following year Welcome To My Dream (1991) was released. DJ Zero appears on it under his real name (Patrick Rollins) because of uncertainty about whether he would be able to tour in support of the album. His subsequent single "The City Sleeps" was featured in the album which explored the mind of a serial arsonist. The song sparked controversy in Baltimore when a then ABC affiliate, WJZ, ran a report suggesting that a series of arsons in the area was a result of WHFS's airing the song. His final album "One Step Ahead Of The Spider" was released in 1994; it contained the single "If I Only Had A Brain", which became his best-known song. The song gained increased exposure from the music video directed for it by Spike Jonze, as well as exposure on MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head cartoon show. Rollins once again appears but is not listed in the credits. Griffin eventually became disillusioned with the music industry, and sessions for his fourth album were unproductive. Record label interest waned and eventually in 2001, Griffin officially retired. However, in 2007, he began dj-ing weekly at a Dallas music venue. On November 26, 2016, Griffin announced via Facebook that he was set to perform a show at The Kessler Theater in Dallas with a quartet including Chris McGuire, Greg Beck, and Wanz Dover in hopes of kick-starting a tour as well as a possible fourth album about which his former label Nettwerk had approached Griffin. On February 3, 2017, the quartet played a sold-out concert performing several of the MC 900 Ft. Jesus songs, receiving an enthusiastic ovation. Yet no album has been released since.
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Albums

W 4 30038, W4 30038 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Hell With The Lid Off album art MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero - Hell With The Lid Off (Album) Nettwerk W 4 30038, W4 30038 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
W2-30065 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Welcome To My Dream album art MC 900 Ft Jesus Welcome To My Dream (Album) Nettwerk W2-30065 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
9 45560-4 MC 900 Ft Jesus - One Step Ahead Of The Spider album art MC 900 Ft Jesus One Step Ahead Of The Spider (Album) American Recordings 9 45560-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
none MC 900 Ft Jesus - Live In Vienna — A.D. MCMXCII (Szene Wien — 11 June 1992) album art MC 900 Ft Jesus Live In Vienna — A.D. MCMXCII (Szene Wien — 11 June 1992)(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Not On Label (MC 900 Ft Jesus Self-released) none 2013

Singles & EPs

12-001 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Too Bad / Shut Up album art MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero - Too Bad / Shut Up (EP) Gonga Records 12-001 US 1988 Sell This Version
IRS-74005, IRS74005 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Truth Is Out Of Style album art MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero - Truth Is Out Of Style (Single) Nettwerk, I.R.S. Records, Nettwerk, I.R.S. Records IRS-74005, IRS74005 US 1989 Sell This Version
NET 017 MC 900 Ft Jesus - I'm Going Straight To Heaven album art MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero - I'm Going Straight To Heaven (Maxi, Single) Nettwerk, I.R.S. Records NET 017 Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
W2-3051 MC 900 Ft Jesus - UFO's Are Real album art MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero - UFO's Are Real (EP, Single, Maxi) Nettwerk W2-3051 USA & Canada 1990 Sell This Version
SPRO-67072 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Killer Inside Me album art MC 900 Ft Jesus Killer Inside Me (Single) Nettwerk, I.R.S. Records SPRO-67072 US 1991 Sell This Version
NET 037 MC 900 Ft Jesus - The City Sleeps album art MC 900 Ft Jesus The City Sleeps (Single) Nettwerk Europe NET 037 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
74321 29069 2 MC 900 Ft Jesus - If I Only Had A Brain album art MC 900 Ft Jesus If I Only Had A Brain (Maxi, Single) American Recordings 74321 29069 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-7139 MC 900 Ft Jesus - But If You Go album art MC 900 Ft Jesus But If You Go (Single, Maxi) American Recordings PRO-CD-7139 US 1994 Sell This Version
0-41849-A/B MC 900 Ft Jesus - But If You Go / If I Only Had A Brain album art MC 900 Ft. Jesus* But If You Go / If I Only Had A Brain(2xAcetate, 12", S/Sided, Maxi) American Recordings, Warner Bros. Records 0-41849-A/B US 1995 Sell This Version
NET 063 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Falling Elevators album art MC 900 Ft Jesus Falling Elevators (Maxi, Single, Comp) Nettwerk Europe NET 063 Belgium 1996 Sell This Version
74321 374492 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Buried At Sea album art MC 900 Ft Jesus Buried At Sea(CD, Single, Promo) BMG Ricordi S.p.A. 74321 374492 Italy 1996 Sell This Version

Videos

D13615 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Killer Inside Me / From A Million Miles album art MC 900 Ft Jesus / Single Gun Theory MC 900 Ft Jesus / Single Gun Theory - Killer Inside Me / From A Million Miles(Umatic, Promo, NTSC) I.R.S. Records D13615 US 1991 Sell This Version
7243 4 91306 3 0 MC 900 Ft Jesus - Live At Hammersmith Odeon / Welcome To My Dream album art Kate Bush / MC 900 Ft Jesus Kate Bush / MC 900 Ft Jesus - Live At Hammersmith Odeon / Welcome To My Dream(CD, Album, MP + VHS, PAL) Picture Music International, EMI Music Canada 7243 4 91306 3 0 Canada 1994 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero MC 900 Ft Jesus With DJ Zero - New Year's Eve - Live On CBC 1990(File, MP3) Not On Label (MC 900 Ft Jesus Self-released) none 2018

Reviews

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thinktankgirl

thinktankgirl

January 6, 2004
Mark Griffin's just the bomb. No, really. When I first heard a track of his- 'Adventures In Failure'- I found it beautifully produced, but comical. Then I heard 'The City Sleeps' and couldn't believe it was by the same artist. He seems to be able to get inside the American psyche and write these wonderful, incredibly well-observed lyrics; and then marries them to old-skool beats and layers of synth. At first listen you might believe that you're listening to hip-pop; but then you rapidly realise that everything he does is a little bit tongue-in-cheek. With several layers and speeds of backing vocals combined with a pared-down, almost punk-pop bassline, 'If I Only Had A Brain' is my personal favourite track of his.

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