Flashback Friday


DC Talk

Sooner or later you knew it was coming. What you may ask? A “Flashback Friday” featuring possibly the most popular christian pop or rock band of all-time. Still don’t know? Look three lines above the top of the paragraph. Get it? Got it? Good. Where do I begin. DC Talk was the band (read: group) that got me interested in christian rock music way back in ’94 when I heard Free At Last at the “home church” my family was attending. Their first two albums, 1989’s DC Talk, and 1990’s Nu Thang were good, if not spectacular rap/pop albums, but it wasn’t until 1992’s Free At Last that the guys hit their stride. Free At Last was a catchy, upbeat hip-hop album with smooth r&b harmonies, and tight danceable grooves. Toby McKeehan was at his rhyme spitting best. Vocally Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith never sounded so good. The album featured such hits as “Jesus Is Just Alright”, “Luv Is A Verb”, and “The Hardway”. With their follow-up, 1995’s Jesus Freak the guys switched gears. With the lead single “Jesus Freak”, fans were caught off guard. The song was a heavy, grungy pop/rock opus with hip-hop highlights. The rest of the album was just as great as title-track. Jesus Freak took the group to a new level, both artistically and in popularity. The group signed on to Virgin Records for mainstream distribution. With their next album 1998’s Supernatural the group abandoned all hip-hop influence in their music favoring a moody brand of pop/rock. Artistically, the guys had never been better. The move to Virgin worked out as well, with the lead single “Consume Me” getting heavy radio play. Sadly after Supernatural the guys would release a greatest hits album and take a “hiatus” that is still in effect some ten years later. All of the members have had varying success since DC Talk, but it is my opinion that they were so much better together.

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4 responses to “Flashback Friday

  1. Tyler Hess March 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve “The Hardway”…and the whole jesus freak album…supernatural got kinda weird for me.

  2. Ian March 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Jesus Freak is really the only album of theirs that I enjoy. I actually listened to it this morning and every single track is glorious. Their live album “Welcome to the Freak Show” isn’t too bad either.

  3. Warren March 21, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Somewhere in the boxes in the garage I have a cassette tape. On that tape is a radio shift I did where I played the DC Talk song that will never be heard again. I had the advantage of being at Liberty while DCT was forming, and they gave the campus radio station their singles to play. I guess you’d call it the B-side to ‘Heavenbound’, but this song was TERRIBLE, and it’s no wonder it has never seen the light of day other than airplay in college back in 198-something or other.

    I can still remember the chapel service where Toby and Mike did ‘Heavenbound’. It was a complete paradigm shift for me — I never looked at Christian music the same way again.

  4. Tyler Hess March 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    ah man, you gotta unearth that!

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