Recap / South Park S 7 E 9 Christian Rock Hard

The boys get into the world of music: Cartman, Butters, and Token start a Christian rock band while Stan, Kenny, and Kyle try to find inspiration through Napster, only to get busted by the Feds for pirating copyrighted material and start a strike against downloading popular music.

  • Artistic License Awards: In real life, there's no such thing as a myrrh album. Christian and inspirational music albums that sell a million copies go platinum, just like secular music.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Apparently, losing $10 and a bet to Kyle is worse than losing millions of dollars and fame (then again, it's Cartman, so of course it'd be worse to him).
  • The Dog Bites Back: Token and Butters, at the very end.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Parodied.
  • Exact Words: The bet was for getting a platinum album, not a myrrh album (though see Artistic License Awards above), so Kyle didn't lose the bet and Cartman can never win.
  • Faux Horrific: The celebrities having to cut slightly down on their Conspicuous Consumption
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Want to download music off the Internet? The FBI will immediately bust into your house.....then you have to pay a relatively small fine.
  • God-Is-Love Songs: Cartman explains all you have to do is cross out words like "baby" and "darling" and replace them with "Jesus". He even does this with songs that have more explicit and sexual content, which the record label head points out in a meeting.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Sanctified tells Cartman how hardcore they are.
    Band Member 1: We're the band Sanctified. We play metal and punk, but with lyrics that inspire faith in Christ.
    Band Member 2: Yeah. We prove that Christian music can be tough and hard core.
    Cartman: Yeah, you guys are real hard core.
    Band Member 1: You bet your gosh-darned rear end we are!
  • Intercourse with You: What a lot of Cartman's God-Is-Love Songs end up being, as he only changed "baby" and "darling" to "Jesus" and didn't think to tone down the other lyricsnote 
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Downplayed. Token knocks Cartman onto the floor with three hard slugs after ruining the band and one too many racist jabs.
  • Only in It for the Money: Cartman's true reason for forming Faith+1. The bet between them and Moop was made that one would owe the other ten dollars if one band manages to get the platinum album before the other. But when the owners of Faith Records want to make sure Faith+1 are in it for God and not this trope, Cartman had to come up with this lie:
    Cartman: "I resent that, sir! I have never done anything in my life just for the money! If I'm lying, may the Lord strike me down right now!" (cuts to Butters cowaring in his chair, fearing this punishment)
    • All the other artists who show up to Moop's strike admit that they're only in it for the money in the end.
  • Precision F-Strike: Butters does a beautiful and uncharacteristic one at the end of the episode.
  • Rule 34: Many of the jokes in this episode revolve around Christian faith songs which are about being physically in love with Jesus.
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: Token is black, so he has and can play a bass guitar, despite claiming that it's a stereotype. He can only grumble defeated in response to discovering this talent.
  • Take That!: To the musicians and law enforcement who believe Digital Piracy Is Evil.