Five Albums You Must Own, 80’s

The 80’s, ahh yes, the glorious 80’s how I miss thee. You caught me, I am a child of the 80’s, and it is my opinion that some of the best Christian rock was produced from about ’85 to ’90. I could dedicate a whole blog to just that topic alone, but until that happens here are FIVE that you must own, if you don’t already.

WHITEHEART, FREEDOM

D & K, D & K

PETRA, ON FIRE

THE CHOIR, CHASE THE KANGAROO

STEVE TAYOR, I PREDICT 1990

One thought on “Five Albums You Must Own, 80’s

  1. I was never a huge Whiteheart fan. Got to see them open for Uncle Steve on the I Predict 1990 tour, though, and they were a good act.

    DeGarmo and Key always seemed like a 70’s boogie band who still had bills to pay in the 80’s, although “Every Moment” is a wonderful, inspiring, and ultimately late-era Journey-inspired rocker, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
    I loved (and still love) me some Petra something fierce, but I’d replace “On Fire!” with “This Means War!” (they seemed to go through a late eighties exclamation mark period, it seems). The sentiment (and chorus) of Get On Your Knees and Fight Like a Man” still informs my prayer life to this day. “He Came, He Saw, He Conquered,” the title track – all stunningly good and hold up to this day. (Plus, it’s the drum corps from my high school on the title track, too – I believe Pakaderm Studios (John and Dino Elefante, but you knew that) was located for a time in the town I grew up in (Los Alamitos, CA).

    No argument for “Chase the Kangaroo” or “I Predict 1990” – still two of my all-time favorite albums.
    ST was at the absolute top of his game there, and the video album became my go-to teaching tool when I taught high school Sunday School early in college (I still have the study guide Steve’s people put out for it!). The Choir were still a relatively new outfit for such a dazzling album, and it set the tone for their impressive output to this day.

    But no love for Dr. Love and his Sacramento wonder crew, who but for the closing down of Island Records were destined for teen superstardom? Leaving out “The 77’s” (the self-titled album, but you knew that, too) hurts, bro, it really does. 😉

    I would probably have also included da’s “Darn Floor, Big Bite,” but I know that particular piece of wax can be divisive.

    For the fifth slot, Charlie Peacock’s self-titled album would be a solid for me. Wore out both my cassette and LP listening to that one. A true masterpiece.

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