STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 32993-VTI1163 LABEL: Sparrow SPR1063 FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl EP
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Reviewed by Steven Whitehead
Listening to The Clash's "Lost In The Supermarket" Steve Taylor realised that they were asking the right questions but not coming up with any answers, so he proceeded to write one of the most groundbreaking albums that CCM has ever heard and in the process did for the spiky-haired generation what Larry Norman had previously done for the long-hairs and record something that could speak the timeless message in a contemporary way. Taylor's strengths are his passion and his thought provoking lyrics in which he uses words in ways that stand comparison to the best of the satirists. Think of a New Wave Tom Leher, if you can. 'I Want To Be A Clone' contains just six songs, all of them classics. Some speak to the Church: "Steeplechase" questions those who won't make a lasting commitment but instead jump from congregation to congregation, looking for one that suits them rather than being conformed to the standards set by the Bible. "I Want To Be A Clone" challenges church leaders who force new converts into becoming like them, not like Jesus. But Taylor rightly launches his fiercest attacks on those who ignore God. "Bad Rap (Who You Tryin' To Kid, Kid?)" and "Whatcha' Gonna Do When Your Number's Up?" ask hard questions for the non-believer, "Whatever Happened To Sin?" asks a different question to the compromised Church and "Written Guarantee" reminds us that we do not need to depend on our own efforts to please the Lord. Although a quarter of a century old this little album still has a message worth hearing. Unfortunately it is no longer in print although those with access to the Internet and a credit card can soon track it down - at a price. Note that all six tracks were included in Taylor's 1988 compilation 'The Best That We Could Find'.