The Godz – “Nothing Is Sacred” (1979)

The Book of Revelation speaks of four horsemen who will usher in the end of days, the so-called Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  They will bring pestilence, war, famine, and death, and kill a quarter of the world’s population.

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The Godz as they appear on the cover of their second album, Nothing Is Sacred, seem to embody this same image.  Instead of horses they ride motorcycles (Bon Jovi’s “steel horse”…), and instead of pestilence, war, famine, and death they look to bring black leather, Miller High Life, Jack Daniels, and probably something that you can clear up with a course of penicillin.  And by all accounts the image they portrayed on their album covers was legit – they had a reputation for fighting and driving fast and pistol-packing.  Their core fanbase included actual bikers.  They would not hesitate to throw down.

There are already some great articles on the band online, most notably HERE, so I’m not going to rehash a lot of that because it’s already been told way better and in way more detail elsewhere.  They were a straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll band, one that always seemed on the cusp of breaking but never quite getting there.  They toured with Kiss, Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, and even Metallica.  The one consistent member was bassist Eric Moore, who passed away earlier this year the day before he was going to perform with the band at their Godzfest event.

So what about Nothing Is Sacred?  Well, it’s rock, pure and simple.  Nothing fancy.  I’m not sure why they felt the need to misspell every song title on side A (“Gotta Muv”, “I’ll Bi Yer Luv”, “Luv Kage”…), but whatever.  It’s the kind of rock you could play in a country bar and get away with it.  Even when they sneak some synths in like they do on “I’ll Bi Yer Luv” it still sounds rock (and the vocals on that track have an eerie similarity to The Cult’s Ian Astbury).  The band’s attitude is exemplified in the lyrics of “Luv Kage”, a song that opens with the singer recounting that he and his lady had an agreement that they could have other things going on the side, but now she’s reneging on the deal and he finds himself in misery in a love cage.  It is, quite frankly, insane, less like a song and more like the kind of drunken argument that eventually ends when someone is taken to jail for domestic violence.  And in case you still weren’t clear, on “Snakin'” we’re explicitly told the three things the band is good at:

  • Pleasing the ladies
  • Getting really high
  • Rock ‘n’ roll

Do I like Nothing Is Sacred?  I mean, I don’t dislike it.  I don’t see it making it into heavy rotation or anything, but sometimes you’re just looking for something basic and honest, and this would fit the bill.