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PostSubject: How did you discover it?   Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:25 am

How did you discover the Christian music?

What were the first Christian bands you listend too and bought CDs or maybe it were cassettes from?

Do you still like tose bands?
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PostSubject: Re: How did you discover it?   Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:15 am

When I was getting into music my mom tried to steer me to listen to Christian radio.  Of course, at the time they only played slow, sappy songs.  I couldn't stand it.  Then my friend's mom got him DMZ by Resurrection Band.  We loved it!  My first Christian album I purchased was Rez's Live Bootleg.  Then another friend played me Stryper's Yellow & Black Attack.  

I have DMZ on CD now but haven't listened to it in a while.  There's a lot of the old music I have a hard time listening to these days.  There's stuff I used to love where now I'm like, meh.
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PostSubject: Re: How did you discover it?   Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:41 am

From my youth pastor. I was around 12 or 13. We went on a church trip and it was my first one. I had some cassettes with me (Led Zep, Styx and The Who). My youth pastor said "Man, those are some great bands! You like some cool music!". He was also a drummer for a Christian Band at the time called Vessel. They were a local Knoxville, TN band. They kind of reminded me of U2 or Crowded House (this was the mid 80's).

He exposed me to Petra. I liked some of their songs but I wanted something a little more heavy. He had some records of Petra and Rez. I liked Rez OK but still wanted something heavier.

One day I was in the record store looking around. I found an EP on vinyl by Stryper - Reason For The Season. I knew they were Christian but had never heard them and had never seen them. I was intrigued by their look on the album cover so I bought it. I took it home, played it and was completely blown away! To this DAY Reason For The Season is my favorite Stryper tune.

After that I discovered Pure Metal Records and Intense Records and you can say the rest is history. I tried to buy about anything on those labels whenever I saw something new come out. There was no internet so I would just look at the record store or the Christian Book Store. At that time you could sample cassette tapes and get to listen to some demos. Many times I wouldn't even sample them I would just buy them. One exception was Mad At The World. I saw their first cassette and asked the older man in the store if they were heavy rock. He said yes they were very heavy. I asked for a demo and there wasn't one (they didn't look metal on the album cover). So I blindly bought it and didn't like it at all. I wasn't into Depeche Mode or anything of that style so I hated it and didn't even give the whole thing a listen. I gave that cassette to a girl in my youth group.  (As I am now older I have come to appreciate that style of MATW and now don't hate it but I have to be in the mood for it).

I still have a cassette of my youth pastor's band Vessel. I ripped it to mp3. I did a google search for them and nothing came up but they do have a my space page which is old but has some songs and videos on it.
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PostSubject: Re: How did you discover it?   Yesterday at 7:57 am

My first exposure to Christian music was through Stryper.  They were getting attention in Hit Parader and Circus magazines.  That caused a buddy of mine to buy one of their cassettes and we jammed on it in his car.  I ended up getting the same cassettes.  It was just another band with a different schtick back then to me.

A few years later, I was going through a hard time with depression.  I felt like God was leading me to check out some Christian rock, so I headed to a Family Christian Bookstore.  They had this display with a huge sale on Intense Records releases like Ken Tamplin/Shout, Recon, Sacred Warrior, Idle Cure, etc.  I bought 10 cassettes because they had them on sale for like $4 each.  All the albums in Christian bookstores back then had "buy 4 get one free" coupons on the back.  So, I used the coupons to pick up a Petra and Whitecross tape, too.  While I don't listen to Sacred Warrior or Recon that often, I still love all the rest of what I picked up back then.


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PostSubject: Re: How did you discover it?   Yesterday at 9:08 pm

For me it was Stryper as well. And I agree with alldat in that at the time (80's) I really liked them but I felt it was a schtick but not in a bad way, I just thought that was their gimmick.

In a separate thread I mentioned their hollow guitar tone on the new single and their history with that tone. But I do remember blasting To Hell With The Devil in my truck (which I had appropriately jazzed up with HUGE speakers in the back and a 600w amp along with 10 band EQ - and yes if you are wondering I had a killer mullet to go along with it). But I do remember how awesome that album sounded with making a few EQ adjustments. I was spreading the word up and down the main street in my small town with it CRANKED!!!!

After some time I came to really really appreciate Michael Sweet. Amazing voice, great guitar player, and all around the type of guy that I just respected. I became sick of the silly 'bad boy' rock bands and that whole thing. Although some of those bands have now matured and I'm back into their newer stuff because of it.
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