The Cheese Factor – “Go Jonah”

The Cathedrals are not even immune from pure Southern Gospel cheese.  This week’s cheese factor selection was suggested, via email, by David Bruce Murray.  The Cathedrals recorded a re-write of the Oak Ridge Boys country mega song “Elvira” on a 1982 custom recording Oh Happy Day.  The song, “Go Jonah”, took the “Elvira” melody and attempted to make a gospel song out of it.

While the song may be fun, one can’t deny that it belongs in the cheese factor.  The Kingsboys recorded the song around this time period and more recently Triumphant Quartet was found recording and performing this song.  This week’s cheese factor even comes with a YouTube clip of the Cathedrals performing “Go Jonah”.

So on a scale of 1 to 5, how would you rate “Go Jonah” in regards to its ‘cheese factor’?


  • March 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    I have said it several times before, “Elvira” is my all-time favorite song ever (stop laughing!!!), and has been since I was a child. The original song itself probably qualifies for the cheese factor – it’s a novelty tune that was around for over a decade (and singled at least 3 times) before the Oaks turned it into a monster hit with their arrangement in 1981.

    That being said, there have been many different parodies of the song over the years. Apologetix did a version called “Elijah,” after 9/11, there were several DJ’s to played a version called “Al Quaeda.” The differences between these and “Go Jonah,” however, is that the former two are self-aware; the singers know they’re parodies. “Go Jonah,” on the other hand, appears to be taking itself entirely too seriously (even for a parody). A good parody should be self-aware.

    • March 10, 2012 11:54 AM



  • March 8, 2012 12:54 PM

    Parodies rarely work when the source material is humorous.

    Now, Weird Al did a parody of a song called “Lump,” changing it to “Gump.” In that case, the parody succeeds, because it not only mashes an unrelated topic with the original melody, it brilliantly sums up the entire movie, _Forrest Gump_.

    Like the “Achy Breaky Heart” parody, “Go Jonah” is level 5 cheese. Instead of highlighting the bits of the “Jonah” story that would bring the biggest laughs, it just tells the story straight.

    • March 10, 2012 11:55 AM

      I also love his parody of “American Pie,” “Anakin Guy,” which sums up the entire plot of _The Phantom Menace_.

      And the Jedi I admire most
      Met up with Darth Maul and now he’s toast
      Well I’m here and he’s a ghost…

  • March 8, 2012 2:07 PM

    One of the more genius parodies is Cledus T. Judd’s “My Cellmate Thinks I’m Sexy.” The connections to the source material are hilarious.

  • March 8, 2012 9:52 PM

    Was it the writer(s) or the publishing company that threatened to sue the Cathedrals and caused them to pull the album? I believe they had it re-pressed with the song removed.

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