"39 Lashes" from Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

"39 Lashes" from Andrew Lloyd Weber's Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). Those visuals! That groove! On Halloween 1992, I saw the Afghan Whigs open with this song and it was sublime. Speaking of the recently-reunited Afghan Whigs, they rocked it on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.



  1. I’m going to see the UK stadium tour next week with Tim Minchin as Judas and Mel C from the spice girls as Mary Magdalene. I’m looking forward soooooo much :-)

  2. And THIS is how you make a musical/rock-opera into a movie. Magnificent acting, wonderful visual design dancing on the edge between realistic and surrealistic.

  3. I loved this film as a kid and still do. The music and emotion is amazing.

    I want to introduce it to my 8 year old daughter but I’m worried that it’ll affect her towards religion. I’m already fighting her school’s brainwashing and I think I’m winning so it’s a delicate time at the moment. Might have to hold off on this movie.

    1. Saw it with my parents when I was 10…at the drive in. I would suggest it, but that might depend on what you are fighting and why.

  4. The Wasters, an old Seattle group devoted to songs about Meth and fronted by the drummer from Sky Cries Mary, put a decent cover of this track on their album.

  5. I remember that groove from it being used in a faux movie trailer for Slacker Cop 3, included in the Low Res Film Festival in 1996. I showed it to my wife back then and she said, “that’s from Jesus Christ Superstar.”

  6. I’ve never seen this movie, though I had the soundtrack as a kid.  It’s odd the lashing didn’t appear to hurt.  The lavender wifebeaters were odd too.

  7. Can’t wait to go to bed tonight and have dreams of the Jesus freaks from my childhood.  The early 70s were so fucking weird, now that I look back.

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