462. I Want to Be a Clone – Steve Taylor
I WANT TO BE A CLONE (1983)
How important, creative and great is Steve Taylor? When you discount live, greatest hits and maxi-single projects he released only four full length projects, on EP and a band effort under the name Chagall Guevara, and all of them are included on this list! The first to be included was the first release, the EP, I Want to Be a Clone.
Clocking in at UNDER 20 minutes the only thing that kept this project from being placed in the Top 250 is the time. 6 songs. 6 great and unforgettable songs. IWTBAC introduced an unsuspecting CCM buying public to something I’m not sure they ever recovered from. Sure, there were plenty of new artists bring new wave and punk stylings into the world of CCM but no one arrived with such ferocity and no one was as quite misunderstood.
I was a Senior in High School when the album came out and my Youth Pastor was part of the “Christian Rock is Evil” and Steve was one of his favorite targets. Not only did he not approve of the music he struggled with the satire and sarcasm. He so misunderstood Taylor that he complained that some young kids might actually think it’s a bad thing if all Christians looked and acted exactly the same!
There were no sacred cow to fat to be skewered. Church hopping, legalism, abortion, politics and the gay lifestyle were all victims of Taylor’s piercing tongue…and that was just on side one! Musically the album was very Oingo Boingo and Devo sounding with a touch of the Cars and David Bowie. Taylor’s delivery was harsh and caustic and every kid under 25 that walked into my store walked out with a copy.
IWTBAC may or may not actually have the first instance of Christian Rap, but my guess is Taylor would never want to claim his “Bad Rap” should be considered a landmark recording of anything. It was actually closer to Blondie than Sugar Hill. A personal favorite than never loses its punch is the EP’s final track, “Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Number Is Up?”
You’re so open minded that your brain leaked out…”