Did you realize that it has been 25 years since Jars of Clay released their self-titled debut album (officially October 24, 1995)?
This from Wikipedia:
Jars of Clay is considered to be a landmark album in Christian rock, even though very few electric guitars were used in the production. It went on to become one of a select few Christian albums in the mid-1990s to achieve platinum status. The song "Flood" became an unexpected hit on mainstream pop and alternative rock radio, resulting in a brief period of mainstream popularity for the band during which they toured with artists such as Sting, The Samples and Matchbox Twenty, and were included in several movie soundtracks.
I just browsed my dusty rack of CDs and was flooded (pun intended) by some wonderful and quirky memories. For a fun stroll down memory lane, here are a few questions that I’d love to hear your answers to:
- What fun memories might you associate with the band Jars of Clay?
For me: Hearing Flood for the first time on a secular radio station and doing a double take to check which station I was listening to (although not quite the extreme reaction I had had to hearing an Amy Grant song a few years prior - ahh, yes, the beginning of the “crossover arguments”).
- Did you ever see Jars in concert? Where?
For me: Unfortunately, it wasn’t until later (2004) that I experienced them play live at Kings Island Theme Park outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. I remember listening to them as I was slowly pulled into the stratosphere on the Extreme Skyflyer ride, then going in to watch the rest of the concert after my heart rate (and stomach) calmed down. Awesome!
- What other bands and/or albums (CCM or otherwise) do you remember from this period?
For me: DC Talk “Jesus Freak”, BTR, FFH, PFR, AA (that’s Audio Adrenaline). Is it just my taste in music or did bands go a little heavy on the acronyms 25 years ago?
Post any thoughts or answers to these questions below as a comment, or just enjoy the thoughts they conjure up in your mind!