Marc Catley - Make The Tea

Thursday 1st October 1992
Marc Catley - Make The Tea
Marc Catley - Make The Tea

STYLE: Comedy
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Plankton PCDN135
RELEASE DATE: 1992-08-21

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

With Adrian Plass the church at last has found some­one prepared to prick the bubble of religous pomposity and some of the sillier duller social moves that we've adopted in evangelism. But what about a subject closer to the hearts of Cross Rhythms readers -music? At last someone has stepped forward to point the finger at Christian music which is less 'music to free the spirit' than 'music to demonstrate appalling taste and theological naivety'. Last year Marc Catley, an acoustic Birmingham born Bury based (how's that for an alliteration!) singer/songwriter released 'Peels Of Hope' and it was a devastating attack on the banality of the lyrics and thinking behind some modem praise and worship. Now he returns to the subject with more spot-on lashes at worship-by-numbers and also strikes out at inept church hall rock gospel bands and, most daring of all, a wickedly funny "Deck Of Cards" where an impudent choir boy bluffs his way out of a tight cor­ner when being caught with a porno book ("When I look at all those naked bodies I remember that God became flesh"). As with 'Peel Of Hope', the biggest problem to bar constant listening to 'Make The Tea' is that it's painful to listen to appallingly played music, even when it's apallingly played on purpose and is making important points to sections of the church tragi­cally addicted to artistic mediocrity

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Make The Tea [Listen]
2. Jesus Stops Traffic [Listen]
3. Ethnic Praise [Listen]
4. All Glory To The Wealthy [Listen]
5. Newpraise [Listen]
6. This Is The Day After Yesterday [Listen]
7. Times Seven [Listen]
8. P-r-r-r-raise The-e-e Lor [Listen]
9. Jesus Was So Nice [Listen]
10. Jesus You Really Are Just God [Listen]
11. Come To The Quiet [Listen]
12. Come And Fill Me With Your Power Holy Spirit [Listen]
13. Lying In The Spirit [Listen]
14. The Shepherding Song [Listen]
15. Lord I Still Just Want Lord To Praise You Lord Just As I Really Am Right Now Lord In The Ongoing Faith Situation Lord In Which You Have Placed Me Lord [Listen]
16. Hard Livin' Guy [Listen]
17. If I Had A Rhyming Dictionary [Listen]
18. Gonna Rock You Tonite [Listen]
19. The Legend Of Ham 'N' Egg [Listen]
20. One Hundred Miraculous Things Before Breakfast [Listen]
21. Classical Acoustic Rock's First Day At Nursery School [Listen]
22. The Choirboy's Defence [Listen]

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