456. Mad at the World – Mad At The World


Mad At The World

The story goes that while Roger Rose, the taller and older Rose brother that makes up the band, Mad At The World, was working as a mailman he dropped of a demo tape int he mailbox of Jimmy Kempner, owner of Frontline Records. The tape was passed along and the Rose brothers were eventaully signed by Frontling and in 1987 they released their first of several very successful projects, the self-titled Mad at the World.

Completely programmed and synthesized techno music with aggressive 80’s dance beats and a very European vocal styling, the very well produced debut became an instant hit in many Christian circles. Mainstream music was filled with bands like Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears but Christian music’s edgier sounds were usually punk bands of long hair glam rockers like Stryper and Shout. MATW filled a huge void as Christian “dance clubs” were also starting to spring up and techno music was very limited.

The lyrics were very “Christian” thematically but dealt with the darker side of life and some people initially struggled with the more dark sounding content. Kids, though, flocked to the album and their reputation spread quickly, especially in Southern California. They were invited to play a New Year’s Eve event at Knott’s Berry Farm, a popular theme park in Orange County. The set consisted primarily of older brother Roger on guitar and keyboards and 15 year old Randy on a bizarre looking electronic percussive contraption. The cool factor was high and their outside show drew huge crowds.

Styles would change to darker and heavier rock and eventually to a more Beatlesque pop sound, but it is the first two albums that the band is most remembered for.

  1. Michelle Hunter
    October 10, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Was working at Frontline as their receptionist when this band rocked. None of my friends liked them, because they were allowed to listen to secular rock…..me, only allowed to listen to Christian rock, and they blew me away. I felt so “out” most of the time, but when at a CCM concert, I fit right in….well, even though since none of my friends liked CCM, and I had to take my 60 year old mother with me, it still gave me a place to fit in and be accepted. i was in the mosh pit, and Mom was crocheting baby blankets. Well, it was better than having sex or getting high, right?

  2. Stephen B.
    October 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I can’t believe the rating. This CD is flawless and simply great music, even though it’s current to the eighties sound (Cult, dM, The Alarm) and it took me years to find a copy other than the cassette version.

    Also, turned out that one Rose brother has had recording studio in Texas, a Dallas suburb.

    A very good recording and relevant lyrics.


  3. paul
    October 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I saw what might have been their first live performance at Knotts and I loved it. What stuck out in my mind was Randy banging on a synthesized mannequin. When I bought the tape I played it alot and still love to hear “Living dead” and my all time favorite “no more innocence”. A great start to a new genre in the CCM world.

    • low5point
      October 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      I was there as well…and the mannequins is all I remember šŸ™‚

  4. azjesusmusic
    November 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    This was my first CD. I had just bought a CD player. You could definately tell this was made for a CD……. Awesome synths

  5. November 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    My friends and I made a dramatic video following the theme of No More Innocence replete with wigs, leather, and a bonfire. CCMs answer to Depeche Mode and their ilk. I needed that.

  6. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Did these guys tour with with DeGarmo & Key at one point. I remember seeing an opening act during the time D&K released Commander Sozo.

  7. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Whoops mispelled my email… Please approve so I can get notifications.

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