10 Christian Rock Songs We Were Listening to While the '90s Happened
Jars of Clay - Flood (1995)
DC Talk and Jars of Clay coexisted in a bunch of CD wallets, but they achieved their mid-90s fame very differently -- Jars of Clay was the epitome of the pronoun-y crossover success, an alternative version of the Amy Grant maneuver that had caused so much hand-wringing in the late '80s.
"Flood," which you probably heard mixed in with secular post-grunge in 1995, has a borderline Christian shibboleth ("But if I can't swim after forty days") and a chorus that people could reasonably, if a little co-dependently, dedicate to their significant other: Lift me up when I'm drowning / I'm weak and I'm dying / I need you to hold me / keep me from drowning again.
"Jars of Clay" is itself both an earthy, post-grunge-sounding band name and a phrase plucked from the NIV Bible, the official translation of people who listen to Christian hits radio. It worked: few Christian (and Christian-label) bands have ever floated so effortlessly between the Dove Awards and the Grammy Awards.