WHO ARE THE BAND'S INFLUENCES? (In
an interview on one of their websites now!)
TOBY McKEEHAN: "Our influences include our management and pastors. Musical influences are Larry Norman (how he dealt with spirituality), Hall & Oates (their melodies and harmonies) and modern rock. The main influence is just what our generation is going through -- the woesand victories move us. Our walk with Christ dictates us every day."
KEVIN MAX: "The Imperials, Queen, the Beatles, U2, Keith Green, Stevie Wonder, Leon Patillo and The Police."
This isn't a surprise since they have said this for one of our local newspapers a couple of years ago:
"The musics message is as strong as the driving rock beat of "Jesus Freak," and as heartfelt as the lyrical beauty of their song "What if I Stumble." (1) Some of DC Talks musical role models are the Beatles, David Bowie, The Police, U2."
Here's a whopper from DC Talk:
"The concert mosh pit is full and frantic, with enough pogoing an body-surfing to frighten even the hippest of parents. The three dc Talk members all take turns at stage diving and body-surfing; security must extract each from the crowd. Mr. McKeehan makes the most daring effort-a jump from a 12-foot high stack of stage speakers into the mosh pit." Hopefully parents will read and heed the dangers exposed here!
Billboard, November 11, 1995
Maxwell Brews Righteous 'Freak'
DC Talk Aims To Turn Heads With Clip
It's an odd paring, but Christian act DC Talk has teamed up with Simon Maxwell, known for his direction on Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt," for one of the most progressive religious music clips ever released.
In the video for "Jesus Freak," white doves and Christian imagery collide with footage of burning books and crosses, hate crimes and World War II propaganda films, while screechy guitars and aggressive vocals form a loud rock hook. The clip's slick style and in-your-face imagery could easily fit between cutting edge video's from the likes of Nirvana to Nine Inch Nails- which is exactly the point.
Kurt Cobain is one of the worst ANTI-CHRIST, blasphemers since John Lennon. Kurt Cobain decorated his home with blood-splattered baby dolls hanging by their necks! The inside of Nirvana's album In Utero, which is the album dcTalk got "All Apologies" from, is pictures of chopped up babies! Look at it. Cobain ran around his neighborhood spray-painting, "ABORT CHRIST" and "GOD IS GAY". Cobain's first band was called "Fecal Matter". (Des Barres, Pamela, Rock Bottom, pp.54-55)
"We had seen some of Simon's work with Nine Inch Nails", says DC Talk vocalist Toby McKeehan. "His style appealed to us. Our manager suggested we try to work with him for the video, and when we contacted him, he was extremely interested." Maxwell says that after a career of work on alternative clips, such as the Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds," he took on the project for a challenge and a change.
Have you seen the "ultra-blasphemous" video "Closer"
by Nine Inch Nails? It shows a monkey crucified on a cross! A picture can be seen here:
Nine Inch Nails, lead by Trent Reznor, who even Spin magazine calls the
"Evil One" (Spin, April 1997). Trent Reznor is personally responsible for the
"huge-mainstream" success of the "perverted-blasphemous-satanist"
Marilyn Manson. Manson, a member of the Church of Satan, says in Spin, Aug. 96 (p.34),
"Hopefully, I'll be remembered as the who brought an end to Christianity".
Manson's latest album is "AntiChrist Superstar".
Quoted from: Blessing or Blasphemy? <http://www.av1611.org/crock.html
"The track inspired me greatly," says Maxwell of his work on the clip, which is a production of Los Angeles based The Underground. "I didn't think of the political implications of it. Maybe it's because I come from England, where there are less preconceived ideas about Christianity than in the U.S. I had no prejudices about it. In many ways, the challenge was to portray something different than what people expect. [DC Talk] are so cutting edge, in terms of the Christian music community."
Maxwell says the process of creating the DC Talk clip wasn't much different from what he did on the Nine Inch Nails video. "Both artists were equally concerned about their art and clearly getting across their point," says Maxwell. "...
Reborn To Be Wild - Time Magazine
"If Jesus Christ came back today, would he be an alternative rocker? In his day he was something of a counterculturist, hanging out with lepers, driving Pharisees and Roman governors to distraction, suffering little children to come unto him no matter what the stuffy old adults thought. So, were he around today, would he be ministering to disaffected youth in a mosh pit? Would his Sermon on the Mount be turned into a Street Corner Rap? Would MTV put The Lord's Prayer video in the Buzz Bin?..."
"...both DC Talk and Franklin are adept at using youthful signifiers. DC Talk hired Simon Maxwell, who has directed videos for Nine Inch Nails, to shoot the video for its newest single, which probably helped get it on MTV. On the cover of Jesus Freak, singer Toby McKeehan tries pretty hard to look like Kurt Cobain (he's even wearing a cardigan, like Cobain used to). Franklin, meanwhile, references the music of other popular R.-and-B. stars, taking rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s line "I love it when you call me big poppa" and turning it into "I love it when you call him your savior." Franklin says such flourishes catch young listeners: "Gospel music has been considered some sort or old church thing. We're trying to make gospel hype without taking away from the message."
"Keeping the message pure will be a challenge as the music's popularity brings fame and, with that, temptation. In 1994, Christian singer Michael English was Jimmy Swaggertized when he confessed to an extramarital affair; some Christian records stores subsequently pulled his albums. Other performers evince a defensive wariness toward worldly success-or at least some of its perks. Says Michael W. Smith: "I need accountability. When you have the after concert parties and the babes are around, I'll grab one of my managers and say, 'You need to hang tight with me, because we're going into the lion's den!'""
Is this a Christian environment that so tempts these singers???
And another article:
Dallas Morning News
"But so far, there has been little breakthrough into the secular mainstream market, and the reason seems clear: The J-word. The band talks and sings about Jesus, which is apparently not welcome on secular airwaves. dc Talk address the situation in its adaptation of the Doobie Brothers classic, Jesus Is Still Alright. "Back in place, and I'm all up in your face/with a rhyme that I embrace/like a mother to a child/I'm kickin' it Jesus style/to the ones that think they heard/ I did use the J-word/cause I ain't to soft to say it/even if DJs don't play it."
""We aren't trying to shove our beliefs down anyone's throat," Mr. McKeehan says. "Ultimately our art is an outgrowth of our own lives and struggles. In our generation, one language we use to communicate is music. Music is our tool. Our message is Christ."
Suburban Houston statutes require that the concert noise be kept under 102 decibels. That presents dc Talk with a problem.
"Mike, what song are you loudest on?" the sound man calls out to Michael Tait while setting levels during an afternoon sound check.
The 30-year old Mr. Tait scowls playfully as he answers the question. "Come on, Houston," he calls out. "This is a ROCK show."
And indeed it is, from the first guitar chords of opening act Audio Adrenaline's We're A Band through dc Talk's frenzied encore finale Jesus Freak.
Mr. Smith, 28, says the exertion required for the two-hour show is like "playing full-court basketball while singing at the top of your lungs."
The concert mosh pit is full and frantic, with enough pogoing an body-surfing to frighten even the hippest of parents. The three dc Talk members all take turns at stage diving and body-surfing; security must extract each from the crowd. Mr. McKeehan makes the most daring effort-a jump from a 12-foot high stack of stage speakers into the mosh pit.
"Every night there's someone praying for him," Mr. McKeehans' wife, Amanda, admits after one of his concert-ending plummets. "It's me," she says seriously."
Toby McKeehan actually opens some concerts off by screaming, "WELCOME TO THE FREAK SHOW!"
(Flint Michigan Journal, March 15, 1996, P.B19)
Here's how Dallas Morning News, (April 27, 1996) describes a DC Talk "Freak Show" concert: "As teenagers' shrieks filled the Dallas Convention Center moments before DC Talk took the stage Friday night, one of the relatively few grown-ups in the sold-out crowd observed, 'This is just like the BEATLES.'
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