444. David and the Giants – David and the Giants
DAVID AND THE GIANTS (1982)
David and the Giants
OK. I’m not supposed to like this record. There is nothing cool, edgy, hip and “artsy” about David Huff and his related brood of merry men. Not a touch of angst in nary a groove and even the name is corny and not nearly self-aware enough. These guys love Jesus and aren’t ashamed of it and that just doesn’t sit well with many a critic.
Many believe that this album was their debut. The truth of the matter is they were not a Christian band when they first formed in the mid-1960’s despite choosing the present moniker for their name after their first incarnation as “Little David and the Giants”. The name changes a few years later as a new drummer was added to the group named Keith Thibedeaux. Thibedeaux is best remembered as the youngster that played “Little Ricky” on the “I Love Lucy” show.
They did have some moderate success before all of them converted to Christianity sometime in the mid-70’s. They released several independent Christian records until Priority Records signed them for this “debut.” Priority was a CBS owned label that signed Christian bands to bridge the gap between genres. Artists included Carman, Mylon Lefevere and a host of other very successful Christian acts in the early 80’s.
This album combined a Southern Rock with Northern soul and corporate pop/rock (Styx, Foreigner), replete with a full horn section and consistent string arrangements. Lyrics were common Christian fair including conservative politics, evangelism and the popular “rapture” content. Like the band Servant at the same time there was a strong emphasis in clear lyrical direction, evangelistic ministry and top-notch live performances.