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Meltdown (1984)

Updated: Feb 28

Meltdown is the second release and first full-length album by Christian musician Steve Taylor, released in 1984 on Sparrow Records. The album is produced by Jonathan David Brown.

Meltdown follows up Taylor's debut EP I Want to Be a Clone and features a similar rock style, involving Christian Rock and incorporating new wave music. The album's songs touch on many socio-political issues; "We Don't Need No Colour Code" denounces Christian organizations that practice racism while "Over My Dead Body" calls for more attention to violations of human rights overseas.

"Guilty By Association" condemns evangelists that abuse Christian teachings and just seek fame and money for themselves. The title track "Meltdown (At Madame Tussauds)" alludes to the famous wax museum in London, England.

A music video was made for the song and features actress Lisa Whelchel (TV's The Facts of Life) as a newscaster. This video was one of many videos by Christian artists that got airplay on MTV.

The CD version of Meltdown contains remixes of "Meltdown (At Madame Tussauds)," which was originally released as an EP single titled Meltdown Remixes and was remixed by Keith Bessey. The album reached the Top 10 at number 10 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. In 1985, Taylor was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Male for Meltdown and was nominated for two Dove Awards for Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Taylor and his band "Some Band" performed at the ceremony. In 2001, CCM Magazine ranked the album at number 18 in their book The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Track listing on the CD version

All songs were written by Steve Taylor.

1. Meltdown (At Madame Tussauds) -4:28

2. We Don't Need No Colour Code -2:44

3. Am I In Sync? -4:25

4. Meat the Press -3:46

5. Over My Dead Body -5:17

6. Meltdown (At Madame Tussauds) (extended version) -6:26

7. Sin for a Season -4:15

8. Guilty By Association -3:25

9. Hero -3:42

10. Jenny -4:07

11. Baby Doe -3:53

12. Meltdown (At Madame Tussauds) (instrumental version) -4:27

13. Meltdown (At Madame Tussauds) (edited version) -3:38

Production credits

Jonathan David Brown -producer (tracks 1 -5, 7 -11)

Keith Bessey -remixer (tracks 6, 12 and 13)

Next release: On the Fritz (1985)

Watch the music video of "Meltdown (At Madame Tussauds)" here:

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