History Music / SteveTaylor

22nd Oct '15 6:50:24 PM Market43Fan
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* CreatorBacklash: Steve grew to regret ever writing "Lifeboat" which required him to dress in drag onstage and sing in a ridiculous female voice. It was supposed to be a silly gimmick song, but became a huge hit at concerts to his chagrin.

* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The song "On The Fritz" contains this gem in the middle of the bridge: "So they love Jerry Lewis in France; does that make him funny?"

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: ** The full title of the closing track of Taylor's "Now the Truth Can Be Told" compilation release was "Shark Sandwich (More Demos I Forgot To Erase)"[[note]]That particular compilation included the original "Guilty by Association" verse with the more direct [[TakeThatCritics jab at Jimmy Swaggart]] mentioned below and part of the song "On The Fritz" contains this gem "Good Girl" (a song that Taylor eventually let Series/TheFactsOfLife star Lisa Whelchel {who had appeared as a newscaster in the middle "Meltdown (at Madame Tussaud's)" video) record for her 1984 release ''"All Because of the bridge: "So they love Jerry Lewis in France; does that make him funny?"You"''[[/note]]
31st Aug '15 5:21:44 AM the.Mtn.Man
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** Original lyric in "Guilty By Association" (heard on "Shark Sandwich" from the "Now the Truth Can Be Told" compilation
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** Original lyric in "Guilty By Association" (heard on "Shark Sandwich" from the "Now the Truth Can Be Told" compilationcompilation):
31st Aug '15 5:20:39 AM the.Mtn.Man
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* " "Jesus Is For Losers" deals with some of Taylor's own personal failings, and is a rare instance of this trope being used to make a serious point.
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* " ** "Jesus Is For Losers" deals with some of Taylor's own personal failings, and is a rare instance of this trope being used to make a serious point.
31st Aug '15 5:20:00 AM the.Mtn.Man
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* SelfDeprecation: "Jesus Is For Losers" deals with some of Taylor's own personal failings, and is a rare instance of this trope being used to make a serious point.
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* SelfDeprecation: SelfDeprecation: *" "Jesus Is For Losers" deals with some of Taylor's own personal failings, and is a rare instance of this trope being used to make a serious point.point. ** "Smug" is a more subtle example. It's ostensibly a takedown of hypocrisy and self-righteousness in the Church, but Taylor says he was inspired to write the song while looking at himself in the mirror.

** Original lyric in "Guilty By Association" (heard on "Shark Sandwich" from the "Now the Truth Can Be Told" compilation; the album version changed the overt Jimmy Swaggart reference to the more subtle "a brylcream prophet".)
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** Original lyric in "Guilty By Association" (heard on "Shark Sandwich" from the "Now the Truth Can Be Told" compilation; the album version changed the overt Jimmy Swaggart reference to the more subtle "a brylcream prophet".) compilation

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** Original lyric in "Guilty By Association" (heard on "Shark Sandwich" from the "Now the Truth Can Be Told" compilation; the -->(The album version changed the overt Jimmy Swaggart reference to the more subtle "a brylcream prophet".)
19th Aug '15 8:43:27 AM the.Mtn.Man
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* TakeThatCritics: Several examples, particularly "Guilty By Association" and "On The Fritz." Perhaps the funniest is in the middle of "Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)" however:
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* TakeThatCritics: Several TakeThatCritics: **Several examples, particularly "Guilty By Association" and "On The Fritz." Perhaps the funniest is in the middle of "Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)" however:

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* TakeThatCritics: Several examples, particularly **Original lyric in "Guilty By Association" and "On The Fritz." Perhaps (heard on "Shark Sandwich" from the funniest is in "Now the middle of "Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)" however:Truth Can Be Told" compilation; the album version changed the overt Jimmy Swaggart reference to the more subtle "a brylcream prophet".) -->Turn the radio on -->To a down-home drawl -->Hear the prophet Jimmy -->With a message for y'all
19th Aug '15 8:36:10 AM the.Mtn.Man
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* ProtestSong: "We Don't Need No Color Code" is a protest song against the racist policies of several Christian colleges (and South Africa during Apartheid, which was still going on at the time.)
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* ProtestSong: "We Don't Need No Color Code" is a protest song against the racist policies of several Christian colleges and explicitly Bob Jones University (and South Africa during Apartheid, which was still going on at the time.)
19th Aug '15 8:29:53 AM the.Mtn.Man
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* MotorMouth: A fairly minor version on the verses of "Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel A Lot Better." Also, the bridge of "Sympathy Vote" has some lightning-quick vocals.
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* MotorMouth: A fairly minor version on the verses of "Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel A Lot Better." Also, the bridge of "Sympathy Vote" has some lightning-quick vocals. "The Moshing Floor" also contains several examples of this, as does "Underneath the Blood". Also shows up in songs he's written for other bands like Guardian's "This Old Man". Actually, a fair number of Taylor's songs fit this trope. It's one of his defining characteristics as a lyricist.
19th Aug '15 8:23:42 AM the.Mtn.Man
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** Nowadays he's accompanied by The Perfect Foil, which consists of Jimmy Abegg, John Mark Painter, and Peter Furler (former lead singer of the {{Music/Newsboys}}).
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** Nowadays he's accompanied by The Perfect Foil, which consists of Jimmy Abegg, John Mark Painter, and Peter Furler (former drummer and later lead singer of the {{Music/Newsboys}}).
19th Aug '15 8:21:04 AM the.Mtn.Man
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* CorruptPolitician: "Sympathy Vote" seems to be from the perspective of one.
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* CorruptPolitician: CorruptPolitician: ** "Sympathy Vote" seems to be from the perspective of one.one. ** "It's a Personal Thing" follows a politician who nominally embraces religion early in his career to garner votes and then quickly abandons it once he's elected. --> "As I promised if elected this election day, with the help of God almighty, I'll do it my way!"
13th Jul '15 8:18:08 AM Shrikesnest
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->Are you sturdy enough to move to the front? ->Is it nods of approval or the truth that you want? ->-- "Harder To Believe Than Not To"
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->Are -->"Are you sturdy enough to move to the front? ->Is -->Is it nods of approval or the truth that you want? ->-- "Harder want?" -->-- Harder To Believe Than Not To" To

Taylor's music is characterized by a broad, eclectic sound that samples from many genres and plays with many styles. Taylor was always eager to grow as a musician, and has repeatedly lamented how dated his work sounds due to all of the synthesizers (not to mention one truly awkward attempt at rap when the genre was still young.) His lyrical content is often snarky or outright sarcastic, which is ''still'' something of a rarity in Christian music. At the time his albums were released these lyrics often caused controversy, with more than one Christian book store pulling his albums off the shelves due to tracks like "I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good." Also, while all of his songs deal with an overtly religious theme, not all of them are explicitly "Jesus songs" with some of them merely expressing a religious Christian worldview or criticizing the foolishness and shortsightedness of modern society in a very rock-and-roll manner. In the early nineties Steve and several other musicians attempted to form a band called Chagall Guevara. Despite, in many ways, being a fairly visionary band for its time, the band did very poorly and only released one album before breaking up. Steve lamented this history in the song "Sock Heaven." Steve Taylor is also a video producer, and was in fact the first explicitly Christian "act" to feature a music video on MTV. The videos for "Meltdown At Madame Tussaud's" and "Jim Morrison's Grave" in particular were well-received. After his final studio album "Squint," he released a video compilation of several music videos for nearly every song on the album. Thereafter, he decided to pursue a career producing videos instead of creating music under his own name, although he spent some time producing for SixpenceNoneTheRicher and {{Music/Chevelle}} and worked closely with {{Music/Newsboys}} for awhile, even writing the lyrics for some of their best-known songs.
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Taylor's music is characterized by a broad, eclectic sound that samples from many genres and plays with many styles. Taylor was always eager to grow as a musician, and has repeatedly lamented how dated his work sounds due to all of the synthesizers (not to mention one truly awkward attempt at rap when the genre was still young.) His lyrical content is often snarky or outright sarcastic, which is ''still'' still something of a rarity in Christian music. At the time his albums were released these lyrics often caused controversy, with more than one Christian book store pulling his albums off the shelves due to tracks like "I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good." Also, while all of his songs deal with an overtly religious theme, not all of them are explicitly "Jesus songs" with some of them merely expressing a religious Christian worldview or criticizing the foolishness and shortsightedness of modern society in a very rock-and-roll manner. In the early nineties Steve and several other musicians attempted to form formed a band called Chagall Guevara. Despite, in many ways, being a fairly visionary band for its time, the band did very fairly poorly (although it has a small but dedicated fan base that persists to this day) and only released one album before breaking up. Steve lamented this history in the song "Sock Heaven." Steve Taylor is also a video producer, and was in fact the first explicitly Christian "act" to feature a music video on MTV. The videos for "Meltdown At Madame Tussaud's" and "Jim Morrison's Grave" in particular were well-received. After his final studio album the release of "Squint," he released produced a video compilation of several music videos for nearly every song on the album. Thereafter, he decided to pursue a career producing videos and movies instead of creating music under his own name, although he spent some time producing for SixpenceNoneTheRicher and (believe it or not) {{Music/Chevelle}} and worked closely with {{Music/Newsboys}} for awhile, even writing the lyrics for some of their best-known songs. songs. He also wrote a song for one of the VeggieTales movies.

Examples: * AudienceParticipationSong: Both "We Don't Need No Color Code," which is best experienced live (so get that time machine working) and "Lifeboat"
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Examples: !!Examples: * AudienceParticipationSong: Both "We Don't Need No Color Code," which is best experienced live (so get that time machine working) live, and "Lifeboat"

* HorribleHistoryMetal: Complete with screaming, minor keys and downplayed bridge on "Over My Dead Body." It's still a more hopeful version than most examples, but being that the subject matter is a boy who was beaten to death for feeding prisoners behind the Iron Curtain... * IAmTheBand: Steve Taylor was usually accompanied by "Some Band," a group of musicians that could change its entire makeup from album to album or even show to show. There were a few regulars who stuck around longer than others, and conversely a lot of songs have input from just one artist who doesn't do anything else on the album. ** Nowadays he's accompanied by The Perfect Foil, which consists of Jimmy Abegg, John mark Painter, and Peter Furler (former lead singer of the {{Music/Newsboys}}).
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* HorribleHistoryMetal: Complete with screaming, screaming and minor keys and downplayed bridge on "Over My Dead Body." It's still a more hopeful version than most examples, but being that the subject matter is a boy who was beaten to death for feeding prisoners behind the Iron Curtain... * IAmTheBand: Steve Taylor was usually accompanied by "Some Band," a group of musicians that could change its entire makeup from album to album or even show to show. There were a few regulars who stuck around longer than others, and conversely a lot of some songs have input from just one an artist who doesn't do anything else on the album. ** Nowadays he's accompanied by The Perfect Foil, which consists of Jimmy Abegg, John mark Mark Painter, and Peter Furler (former lead singer of the {{Music/Newsboys}}).

* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Covers a very broad range of the spectrum, although generally sticks to the lower end. Goes as low as 1 with something like "Easy Listening" and ramps it all the way up to 7 with "The Moshing Floor." The albums before ''Squint'' rarely break 5, and the vast majority of his oeuvre is in the 2-3 range, however. * {{Mondegreen}}: Due to the complex lyrical nature of songs like "Jung And The Restless" it's kind of inevitable. For the record, it's "first came stats pulling habits out of rats, now they may need more attention." * MoneySong: "Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)" is one of the finer examples to come out of the eighties, which is [[PinkFloyd saying something.]] * MoralityBallad: Usually averted to a surprising degree for a Christian artist, but "Jenny" is a rare example. At least it's a very catchy song.
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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Covers a very broad range of the spectrum, although generally sticks to the lower end. Goes as low as 1 with something like "Easy Listening" and ramps it all the way up to 7 with "The Moshing Floor." The albums before ''Squint'' rarely break 5, and the vast majority of his oeuvre is in the 2-3 range, however. * {{Mondegreen}}: Due to the complex lyrical nature of songs however. ''Goliath'', like "Jung And The Restless" it's kind of inevitable. For the record, it's "first came stats pulling habits out of rats, now they may need more attention." * MoneySong: "Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)" ''Squint'' before it, is one of the finer examples much harder than his previous works, due in no small part to come out of the eighties, which is [[PinkFloyd saying something.guitarist Jimmy Abegg, whose style calls to mind [[{{Music/KingCrimson}} Robert Fripp.]] * {{Mondegreen}}: Due to the complex lyrical nature of songs like "Jung And The Restless" it's kind of inevitable. * MoneySong: "Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)" is one of the finer examples to come out of the eighties, which is saying something. * MoralityBallad: Usually averted Averted to a surprising degree for a Christian artist, but "Jenny" is a rare an example. At least it's a very catchy song.

* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Covers a very broad range of ** ''Goliath'' is an even bigger example, but that's inevitable given the spectrum, although generally sticks to the lower end. Goes as low as 1 with something like "Easy Listening" and ramps it all the way up to 7 with "The Moshing Floor." The albums before ''Squint'' rarely ''twenty year'' break 5, between it and the vast majority of his oeuvre is in the 2-3 range, however. * {{Mondegreen}}: Due to the complex lyrical nature of songs like "Jung And The Restless" it's kind of inevitable. For the record, it's "first came stats pulling habits out of rats, now they may need more attention." * MoneySong: "Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)" is one of the finer previous album. ''Goliath'' has fewer examples to come out of the eighties, which is [[PinkFloyd saying something.]] * MoralityBallad: Usually averted to a surprising degree for a Christian artist, ReligionRantSong than his earlier work, but "Jenny" is much more complex, both lyrically and in composition. Jimmy Abegg's guitar work also lends it a rare example. At least it's a very catchy song.fairly unique sound.

* ProtestSong: "We Don't Need No Color Code" is a protest song against the racist policies of several Christian colleges (and even some ''churches'') of the time.
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* ProtestSong: "We Don't Need No Color Code" is a protest song against the racist policies of several Christian colleges (and even some ''churches'') of South Africa during Apartheid, which was still going on at the time.)

* TitleTrack: "Meltdown (At Madame Tussaud's)" off of ''Meltdown'' and "On The Fritz" off of ''On The Fritz.'' * UncommonTime: The verses of "Double Negative".
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* TitleTrack: "Meltdown (At Madame Tussaud's)" off of ''Meltdown'' and "On The Fritz" off of ''On The Fritz.'' Also "Goliath" off of ''Goliath.'' * UncommonTime: The verses of "Double Negative".Negative," and many more examples from various songs on ''Goliath.''
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