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Thursday, April 02, 2009

MELTDOWN


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


SIDE A:



MELTDOWN (AT MADAME TUSSAUD'S)
WE DON'T NEED NO COLOUR CODE
AM I IN SYNC?
MEAT THE PRESS
OVER MY DEAD BODY


SIDE B:



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!


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