Thinking Again? More Thoughts...
Might anyone at CCM Magazine
have figured it was I who voted for its readers favorites awards this year
when I insinuated Jump5, Alan Jackson, Larry Norman, Carman, Mavis Staples,
Jesus Music (the band, not music by ageing, sanctified hippies), The All-Saved
Freak Band and the youngest sister in Out Of Eden among my survey responses?
If not, just blew my cover, huh?
What kind of cool, kooky
circles must Tonio K. must travel to have landed co-songwriting credits
on the new Burt Bacharach album? And isn't Mr. K. overdue for a new solo
album by a few years? Yes.
How good does Kristen Chenoweth
look in the current TV ad for Old Navy's boycut jeans? Very, I say. And
if you know more about the progress of her Dusty Springfield bio' movie,
let me know, eh?
Is that middle age crisis
screaming from Rick Warren's doofy facial hair and buzzcut 'do? Looks like.
He'd do well to ditch the mirror sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts, too. Really.
Will the next, long-awaited
Iona studio album receive a U.S. release? Here's hoping, though maybe a
general market prog rock speciality label would serve them better than
a Christian market company.
What percent of likelihood
is there that any movies made from Anne Rice's quasi-autobiographical novels
about Jesus Christ's life on Earth will meet with the same marketing frenzy
from Bible booksellers as that accompanying the motion picture adaptations
of C.S. Lewis's Narnia novels? All things considered, it would only seem
How do you think the Barlow
Girl sisters would respond were I to tell them that their last radio single
reminded me of Hole...and that this is a good thing? Really!
After living in the studio,
the gals sound is finally up to the inner Runaways or Pandoras (or Courtney
Loves) I suspected were always in them. Not that they would admit as much
in Brio, right?
Were I a betting man, how
much would be wiling to wager that a CD box set of late '60s-early
'70s psychedelic rock obscurities from the Jesus movement will be released
by a general market speciality label even before the long-delayed, nigh
sure to be not as generous in the track listing nor musical depth Sparrow
Records project of tunes from around that era ever appears, if ever it
does? Enough to make it worth my while, maybe.
Considering the arcana that
psychedelic reissue labels such as Italy's Arkarma release, how deserving
of at least a Nuggets-styled box set or three is the music of the aforementioned
hippie revival? Plenty, I'd say.
Wouldn't posable action
figures be great at the merch' table of The Knights Of The New Crusade
(an act also in my CCM poll responses)? Those, or bobble heads. methinks.
Sartorially, those guys
have to be the closest Christian-made music has to either Kiss or The Residents.
So, why hasn't the magazine whose year-end poll I mentioned earlier given
them any ink?
Anybody out there know if
Jack Lalanne is a Christian? I could kick whomever is responsible at
ESPN Classic for bumping his black&white reruns (he's the only TV instructor
with whom I'll exercise) during the NFL's season. Without ever talking
about Christ specifically, he sure gave God/the Lord and going to church
enough props, and the guy seems so clean cut that it has me wondering.
Even though their only U.S.
release was their last and weakest album, isn't it about time that there
were a thorough CD overview of The Technos recording carrer?
Affirmative, says Rake Thoughts'
thinker, and it should include work from the late Steve and still-living
Bev Fairnie's previous bands, including Fish Co., Famous Names, Techno
Twins, Technostalgia and Writz, too.
It would be
one schizoid collection, but therein lies part of its potential charm.
How did punk rock morph
from a music deemed so dangerous that Jimmy Carter discouraged its airplay
during his presidency to the premiere soundtrack to church youth group
Don't get me wrong. I enjoy
Reliant K, Hawk Nelson, et al as much as anyone standing in MTV's TRL studio
(though perhaps from a different vantage point), but it's still odd for
me to hear them on Christian radio amidst acts who are tons lamer and/or
certainly less punk.
Why hasn't Switchfoot's
general market success spurred more interest in Jerome's old recordings
as part of Mortal and Fold Zandura? They were killer bands whose work could
stand to come back in print anyway.
Jamie Lee Rake