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497. Stryper – Yellow and Black Attack

YELLOW AND BLACK ATTACK (1984)

Stryper

Another album that most likely would have ranked much higher if not for the relative brevity with the original release containing just 6 songs. The phrase, “the one that started it all” gets thrown around a lot, but this one may actually qualify. Not only did Stryper smash down the Church doors in regards to heavy metal and glam rock, but they also made the “world” stand up and take notice. Decades later and mainstream music fans have forgotten about POD, Jars of Clay and even Switchfoot, but no one forgot Stryper.

Ridiculously tight black and yellow spandex, more mascara then my girlfriend at the time even owned and the damned prettiest hair  this side of Farrah Fawcett, the Yellow and Black attack made huge strides on both sides of the musical chasm by signing with famous indie metal label, Enigma, and eventually gaining Christian Bookstore distribution through the Benson Company.

This is the first of three albums to make the list, but it truly is the one “that started it all.”

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  1. Brian
    October 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Agree with you 100% on all points
    For those nay-sayers, you still remember this band and the world did take notice.
    Cutting edge just like the LORD: cutting edge.

  2. azjesusmusic
    November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    they may have started glam Christian rock, but Leviticus, Barren Cross, Barnabus all were before them with hard rock/ metal. However, I do agree this is an awesome LP. I had to get mine COD from UPS as no Christian bookstore in Arizona would touch it, nor would a secular shop. I never saw them in concert, but have a few of their albums. I would rate this one highest…. not from a production standpoint, but raw talent and newness.

  3. Roy Fredrickson
    December 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I DID see them in concert in 1983. They were the opening act, believe-it-or-not, for Petra on their “Not of this World” tour. This was before “Together as One” and “Honestly” made them superstars. I remember they were tossing pocket New Testaments into the crowd. They took the stage about a half hour late and only did 5 or 6 songs. Most of the crowd was just anxious for them to finish so they could see Petra, but I thought they were great.

  4. Liz
    March 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Yes – this is totally the one that started it all! I remember seeing them for the first time at the La Mirada Civic Theater…and I’ve seen then about 25 times since then, with the most recent one being last year at the Nokia Theater. They were here again a couple of weeks ago, but i didn’t go. You know, I think I’m pretty much “over” the crowd and loudness of concerts. I must be getting old, but the hassle iwth the drive, parking, crowds, etc just doesn’t thrill me like it used to!

  5. June 18, 2011 at 1:47 am

    The 8-track version of this at least is pure gold. “My Love I’ll Always Show” is one of the greatest ballads ever. Also “From Wrong to Right” which made me start thinking which things are not right things in my life. “Loud N Clear”, “Loving You” etc. this album is full of great songs! I know they started as a cover band. They played cover songs before they made this album. Many people have been wondering why they made cover versions songs like “Heaven And Hell” and “Over the Mountain”. Because those versions inspired them musically. Of course there would have been great if they had covered songs from Resurrection Band. Those cover versions helped them make these songs.

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