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Thursday, April 02, 2009
by Steve Taylor
SPARROW RECORDS SPR 1083 1984 STEREO
PRODUCED AND ENGINEERED BY JONATHAN DAVID BROWN WRITTEN AND ARRANGED BY STEVE TAYLOR ARTWORK: THE GRAPHICS STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY: GREG WIGLER MANAGEMENT: ROAD HOME (303) 355-3682
Also available in high quality cassette
SPARROW Canoga Park, CA 91304
In Canada: POB 6900 Vancouver B.C. V6B 4B5
Also released as SP 9962
MELTDOWN (AT MADAME TUSSAUD'S) WE DON'T NEED NO COLOUR CODE AM I IN SYNC? MEAT THE PRESS OVER MY DEAD BODY
SIN FOR A SEASON GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION HERO JENNY BABY DOE
Editor's note: what? A Christian synth-pop band! That's what. Niiiice. Plus it has an anti-establishment bent to the lyrics which adds a punkish aptitude--though very minor--to the project. This album almost sounds like a b-side Fixx record with a soulful Colin Moulding of XTC on vox. A few of these songs could have been hits with a little tweaking. "Over My Dead Body" starts out impressively dark but returns to the pop synthy ways of Mr. Taylor, much to its detriment! If only.
Not surprisingly enough, one cut, "Meltdown", got some airplay on MTV. Apparently some of Taylor's future releases also caused an uproar in the Christian community leading to wars of words with evangelists and also his records being pulled from stores. Read more about those incidents and Taylor here. Another good Nashville thrift find. I'm glad I picked it up. We will meet again in some other dollar bin, sir!
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!