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Steve Taylor

Sometimes referred to as the "clown prince of Christian music," singer/guitarist Steve Taylor was one of the first to bring sarcasm and satire to Christian music. Roland Stephen Taylor was born on December 9, 1957, in Brawley, California, but was raised in Denver, Colorado. Taylor didn't begin singing seriously until his college career, when, in 1979, he was first of the 100 chosen from 20,000 applicants for John Davidson's summer camp; Taylor spent a month learning from the likes of Tony Orlando, Florence Henderson, and John Davidson. Despite having firm roots in Christian-based music, Taylor has always been open to other styles; he often points to the Clash's classic London Calling as one of his most important musical discoveries during this time. A demo cassette of original tunes that mixed new wave with gospel gained the attention of several record labels; but before he began work on his debut, Taylor served as an assistant director for the evangelistic singing group, the Continentals, and as a director for the Christian musical comedy troupe, Chuck Bolte's Jeremiah People.

A solo slot at Cam Floria's Annual Christian Artists Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, during the summer of 1982 resulted in a recording contract with the independent Sparrow label, who issued Taylor's first four releases: the 1983 six-track EP I Want to Be a Clone; a pair of full-length studio efforts, 1984's Meltdown and 1985's On the Fritz; in addition to an in-concert set, Limelight. Taylor then issued perhaps the most controversial album of his career, 1987's I Predict 1990, which included such song titles as "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good" and "Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel a Lot Better," and due to its hostile reception, led to Taylor taking a sabbatical from Christian music. But Taylor didn't retire from music entirely, as he formed the heavily Clash-influenced group, Chagall Guevara (which also included guitarists Dave Perkins and Lynn Nichols, bassist Wade Jaynes, and drummer Mike Mead) in 1990. But the group only lasted for a single self-titled debut, before splitting up in 1992.

Instead of returning back to solo work immediately, Taylor turned his attention to producing other artists, including several releases for the Australian-based gospel outfit, the Newsboys. Soon after, Taylor decided to restart his solo career, issuing his first solo release in five years, Squint, in 1993, while a Taylor tribute album, I Predict a Clone, appeared around the same time. The mid-'90s saw the release of a double-disc 34-track career retrospective, Now the Truth Can Be Told, as well as an all-new live album, Liver. Taylor continued to produce other acts (Guardian, Sixpence None the Richer, etc.), and has started up his own record label, Squint Entertainment (via Word Records). ~ Greg Prato & Brian Mansfield, Rovi
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2 of 2 Lyrics were often like a grown up, sarcastic, backwards version of the wonderful children’s song This Little Light of Mine. Many of the artists yesterday were uplifting and a shot in the arm – hang in there God loves you! (wonderfully worshipful) But the Foil’s set was more like music to rock out to on a long drive - a holy kick in the pants. I needed it too and I loved it!
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Hadn’t heard of Steve Taylor before. Saw him perform yesterday with the Perfect Foil (Peter Furler on drums) at the Rock of Ages Festival in Calistoga, Ca. Very impressed/en t e r t a i n e d . Also compelled to contemplate my unwillingnes s at times to let the Holy Spirit do its work in my life. Steve’s music was definitely reminiscent of the Clash and other bands (the Knack came to mind) at times. 1 of 2
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I Thank the Lord for men like Steve Taylor who's not afraid to take a stand for the truth in our Lord Jesus Christ and his WORD God bless Steve in Jesus name!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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He's in a new band that's coming out soon, Steve taylor and the perfect foil
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one of the major influences of my life was a mix tape of Steve's early work from the 80's. On the Fritz! Man! I need more!
Only Steve could write a christian song about parents starving their disabled children as a reflection on a society of decadence and convenience. WOW.
Not radio friendly but way more potent!
I need more Steve!

I want to be a CLONE!
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go29dana
Steve is smart, humble and mesmerizingl y quirky! Love this guy! I am proud to be his cousin!
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damaro9
Add more from his collection !!
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Would like to see more of his albums added for sure!!!
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I grew up listening to Christian rock and loved Steve Taylor--his lyrics were thought provoking... . a d d r e s s i n g controversia l issues never talked about in church. God bless him.
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Steve Taylor was the alternative to grandmas gospel music, I soon discovered many great artist who sang ccm, like Leslie Phillips , the front, and Rez band
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I grew up with Christian rock but never heard Steve Taylor's music. Pretty good.
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What I like about Steve Taylor is that his songs aren't just 3 minute jingles for Jesus. They're honest and thought provoking. And he's an equal opportunity critic. He doesn't just direct his wit at targets out in the world, but fires away at the church as well. There's a place for both and ST strikes a good balance.
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Pretty please....?
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Please add the rest of Steve's discography!
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eclark5368
no more blues; just love songs, easy listening songs
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usernamethat i s n t t a k e n a l r e a d y
What ever happened to sin?
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Liver is, if you listen to the tunes from it, obviously a live album, not a studio record.
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laurie.kutri c h
Brutally honest, thought provoking lyrics. Love the music, especially Am I in Sync?. No bubble gum here. We want more Steve!
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dsa77s
I believe Steve also played guitar for another very alternative Christian band called 16 Horsepower
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Yeah...where are his peers in this service? Can't find Degarmo and Key, Sweet Comfort Band, Steve Camp, Farrell and Farrell, etc.
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dtaylor8818
Why is his music so addictive?
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We need some older Steve music on this service.
"I want to be a clone" was a great album.
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We need some older Steve music on this service .... anyone?
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timd438
Used to be, people said (jokingly) Keith Green wasn't dead, he was chained to a piano somewhere churning out any of the decent Christian music that came after him. In recent years, this can be said about Uncle Steve. Relevant and though provoking lyrics, excellent production - still through other bands after "Squint". Nobody else like him.
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franksmithat t 2
always been the best in my opinion, good heart,no one rocks the mike like steven taylor
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It is amazing to think of his music as "Oldies" .... I love this stuff. My second album I owned was "I want to be a clone"
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poyntblanck
Saw him in 1986 in San Diego! He dressed as Ms. Aryan! LIFEBOAT! HILARIOUS! 5k fans singing with him!!
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kd6nem
Never heard this particular mix of On the Fritz. Interesting. Quite intense. I like it both ways. Steve is honestly a very down to earth artist & man. Wish he was still performing & recording his own. But nice to hear that he is still writing for Newsboys.
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faceisamess
Steve Taylor was one of the first albums I ever owned...what was it called, Meltdown at Madame Tussaud's?
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I can't believe I have a Steve Taylor Radio station - Waaa HooooOOOOO!! !
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julia.allen8
I'm bitterly disappointed not to see Steve Taylor's earlier works - in fact - whole decades of music seem to be missing from this project. I'm trying to create an "Oldies Christian Music" station but find it will be impossible since there seems to be nothing up here pre-1990. I am catching the occasional classic off "Greatest Hits" albums and compilations , but this project is sorely lacking in older music. Who compiled it?
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i agree with jeff stucker. Steve is great
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rag doll
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This guy is absolute genius. His satire is scathing. His humor totally winsome. I still remember the first time I heard certain Newsboys tracks ("Breakfast" ) and thought, "That totally sounds like Steve Taylor." Sure enough, when I checked the jacket, it was. It's quite funny to see an earlier comment label him a "bitter fundamentali s t " , when Mr. Taylor has a history of alienating the fundamentali s t s and endearing himself to the alternative crowd. Sure, his theology is orthodox, but his st
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Why are Meltdown and I Want to Be a Clone not displayed in the Selected Discography? I'm hoping they're included in the mix for a Steve Taylor station....
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When I win that Oscar, I'm thanking him for the inspiration!
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Steve Taylor is sharp as they come. His secular work in Chagall Guevera is one of the best kept secrets of the 90s. He specializes in tortuous honesty a biting social commentary from a Christian perspective, more overt some times than others.
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My feelings about this guy are mixed. On the one hand, he was one of the people who introduced me to the satiric form. On the other hand, he's a bitter fundamentali s t with an attitude can can only alienate people who don't agree with him.

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