10 Christian Rock Songs We Were Listening to While the '90s Happened
Steve Taylor - Smug (1993)
My fiancee is extremely patient with my Steve Taylor fandom, and I thank her for that. (We just bought tickets to his comeback show on Kickstarter, and by we I mean I bought them and now she has to drive to Tennessee with me.) Since you aren't my fiancée, I'm going to do my best to shorten the Chris Farley Show introduction that is begging to come out.
In the '80s, Steve Taylor was the first broadly successful Christian new wave type, singing satirical lyrics about churchgoer issues (among other things) in a Bowie-style monotone and selling lots of records. He wore weird outfits, he danced like a crazy person, he sang songs against Jimmy Swaggart and institutional racism and blowing up abortion clinics but also abortion and self-help culture and cultural relativism, which meant that by the end of the '80s he'd basically alienated everybody.
In the '90s, he briefly left Christian music, formed a not explicitly Christian band that got a really good review in Rolling Stone and sold no records, and eventually cowrote a bunch of songs with the Newsboys, who are lurking two listicle pages away. In 1993, he released his last solo album, having ditched the Bowie voice and the synthesizers but continuing to alienate anyone who "loves being politically Koreshed," in this song Rush Limbaugh and Barbra Streisand.
Okay, I'm done.