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What happens when you mix a virtually unknown Christian rock band from Australia that sounds better than its mainstream

The Newsboys are one of the craziest and most serious bands in Contemporary Christian Music.

Australian predecessors (INXS, Kylie Minogue, the BeeGees, and even Men at Work), a rotating drum set, the message of Christ‘s love and forgiveness, and all-around craziness? You get the Newsboys!

Since the landmark release of their eponymous album Not Ashamed in 1992, the Newsboys have been at the top of their game within modern-day Contemporary Christian music.

One of the best things about Take Me To Your Leader is that it is an album that is fun to listen to. You don’t have to be a Christian to love their music because it is fun for everyone. Especially on the title track, where they talk about those that are searching for Christ in all the wrong places. Co-lead singer John James proclaims “I don’t know why you care/ I don’t know what’s out there/ I don’t know how it’s done/ Just take me to your leader son” Breathe, in the same vain, talks about how Christ is all about renewal to humanity.

However, one of the most standout tracks is the disco-friendly Reality, which is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son.

The Newsboys are not immune to their own sense of humor, especially on Breakfast where they exclaim “with spoons held high we bid our brother ‘cheerio.'”

On the other hand, the album gets a bit more serious with songs that talk about why forgiveness, though hard, is something that needs to be done because it is what Christ says to do (Let It Go) and even miracles on Miracle Child.

This album is definetly a classic.

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Disney Rocks! 25 ways that Walt Disney rocks…..or at least has ties to music we like (or hate)

Posted: May 27, 2011 in lists, Uncategorized
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It’s summertime and everyone is on vacation if they have the means to do it. (I don’t) One of the greatest places to go vacation, no matter who you are, is Disney World. Also it seems like every summer Walt Disney Pictures (or Pixar) releases another amazing movie whether it be this years Cars 2, or the blockbuster movies they’ve released over the past couple of summers: Tarzan (1999), Mulan (1998), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010) and my favorite – Finding Nemo (2003).

Also, the Wild Heart herself, a.k.a Christina, is a huge fan of all things related to Disney. So here it is people: the 100 ways that Disney Rocks!

  1. Disney made a really cool (yet scary) roller coaster called Rockin Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. According to the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2007, the original artist the Imagineers had in mind was none other than the Rolling Stones. Another band that was considered was U2. However both were considered too pricy. Therefore Aerosmith offered a more reasonable price. There was also a rumored to be a Rockin’ Roller Coaster starring none other than No Doubt. However, it was never made.
  2. Early trailers for Finding Nemo used Down Under by Men at Work, though the song itself never appears in the film.
  3. The stage at what is now currently called the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland in California was the original Us Festival stage. The Us Festival was a massively large festival held in Southern California that featured such acts as the Divinyls, Stray Cats, Ramones, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, and Van Halen. It was originally the Videopolis Stage shortly after its usage at the Us Festival. The Videopolis stage itself was host to 80’s teen idol royalty including Debbie Gibson, The New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, Pebbles, Janet Jackson, and the Jets. It was also the place where they filmed an American Bandstand-style show for the Disney Channel during the 80’s.
  4. In 1990, the Disney Channel released an original movie called Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme. The film featured a “who’s who” of 80’s rock, pop, & R&B stars as well as rock legends in roles as characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Some of these popstars included Cyndi Lauper, Bobby Brown, ZZ Top, Deborah Harry (of Blondie), Little Richard, Brian Setzer (of the Stray Cats and Brian Setzer Orchestra), Warren DeMartini (a.k.a “Torch” from the hair metal band RATT), and Dweezil Zappa. The film also starred native Houstonian Shelley Duvall.
  5. On September 11, 1986, Disney opened a new ride at Epcot Center that starred the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. It was called Captain EO. It closed in the mid-to-late’90s but has since regained popularity after the death of Michael Jackson. It has even reopened at all of the parks except for Disney Shanghai.
  6. The pop singer Powerline from A Goofy Movie, was based off the King of Pop himself: Michael Jackson. However, Powerline’s vocals were provided by Tevin Campbell, who had a few R&B hits in the early-mid 1990’s.
  7. The soundtrack to An Extremely Goofy Movie features covers of Nowhere to Run by John Avila of Oingo Boingo and Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
  8. Walt Disney Pictures attempted to do a remake of the Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine starring Cary Elwes as Paul McCartney and featuring California-based Beatles tribute band the Fab Four. It was to be directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) It was to be a 3D computer-animated film. However, in 2011, Disney backed out of the film due to the fact that motion-capture performance was becoming a much-criticized factor and another film that used that technology, A Christmas Carol, underperformed but was still successful at the box office. 

    Yellow Submarine was set for a 2012 release

  9. The friendly vultures in The Jungle Book (1967) were meant to closely resemble the Beatles. Their song That’s What Friends Are For, were actually meant to be voiced by the Fab 5, but due to scheduling issues with the band, the song was changed to a barbershop quartet number.
  10. During the 1980’s, Disney studios founded Touchstone Pictures – which is still a Disney subsidary. It has released many movies that have had hit soundtracks including 1987’s Good Morning Vietnam starring Robin Williams, which included the memorably juxtaposed scene of the war in Vietnam with Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World. The soundtrack to the film also included songs by the Beach Boys, James Brown, and Martha and the Vandellas. The soundtrack itself was certified platinum.
  11. Disney’s Touchstone Pictures had another hit on their hands in 1990 with Pretty Woman – named after the Roy Orbison song of the same name. The film launched the career of Oscar-winner Julia Roberts and relaunched the career of Richard Gere. The soundtrack, which was released before the film, included the hit #1 single It Must’ve Been Love by Roxette. The soundtrack also included Fame 90 by David Bowie, King of Wishful Thinking by Go West, No Explanation by Peter Cetera (formely of Chicago), Tangled by Jane Weidlin (formely of The Gogo’s), Show Your Soul by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and (Oh) Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison.
  12. Journey featured two then-new songs on the original motion picture soundtrack to Tron including 1990’s Theme and Only Solutions. They did this after British rock band Supertramp dropped out of the film. Only Solutions was later included on the Frontiers album.
  13. The sequel to Tron, Tron: Legacy prominently featured songs Separate Ways (World’s Apart) by Journey and Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by the Eurythmics. The soundtrack itself features Daft Punk – who also make an appearance in the film at the End of Line club. Separate Ways (World’s Apart) is also on Journey’s Frontiers album.
  14. The soundtrack to the 1988 Touchstone hit motion picture Three Men and a Baby included Daddy’s Girl by Peter Cetera.
  15. The Touchstone release Beaches included the hit song Wind Beneath My Wings by the movie’s star, Bette Midler. It won the 1988 Grammy for Record of the Year.
  16. Another Touchstone hit motion picture, Cocktail starring Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue, also had a hit soundtrack. The soundtrack included the massively popular Kokomo by the Beach Boys as well as other songs by John Cougar Mellencamp, Starship (formely Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship) and the Bobby McFerrin hit Don’t Worry Be Happy.
  17. In 1993, Touchstone released What’s Love Got To Do With It, an biopic about Tina Turner and her relationship with her abusive husband Ike. Ike Turner was played by Laurence Fishburne and Tina by Angela Bassett.
  18. Kelly Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy Osbourne and star of the hit reality series The Osbournes was originally offered the role of Anna, the teen who switches bodies with her mother in Disney’s 2003 remake of Freaky Friday. The part was eventually given to Mean Girls actress Lindsey Lohan.
  19. For the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani was offered a role as a member of Anna’s band – but she turned it down.
  20. The guitar that Jamie Lee Curtis plays offstage in the film Freaky Friday during the show at the House of Blues is an Ernie Ball/MusicMan Steve Lukather (Toto) Signature Model.
  21. Lindsay Lohan had to learn to play the guitar for Freaky Friday. She would later go on to record 2 of her own albums including 2004’s Speak.
  22. A member of the band Orgy instructed Jamie Lee Curtis on how to play the guitar. In the concert sequence, that is actually Curtis during the solo.
  23. Food Rocks was an Epcot attraction that parodied many famous bands including the Beach Boys (“the Peach Boys”), Little Richard, Cher, Peter Gabriel (“Pita Gabriel”), The Police (“the Refrigerator Police”) and Tone Loc. It was closed in 2004 to make way for Soarin’.
  24. At Epcot’s World Showcases’ United Kingdom Pavillion, there is a cover band called the English Channel that plays the hits of the British Invasion of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
  25. Also at Epcot’s World Showcase Pavillion, the American Gardens Theatre hosts many cover bands of American artists and artists from abroad that are popular in the US such as Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Janet Jackson, U2, the BeeGees, and the Eagles. It also has hosted other hit acts such as Taylor Dayne, Hanson, .38 Special, and Night Ranger.

…………or at least bring back happy memories of summers gone by.

Since it is a nice day in Houston, so much that I went swimming, I figured I would tell you what my picks are for the 10 best songs of the summer.

  1. Cruel SummerBananarama.  Every single summer, I keep thinking this and usually I am proven wrong by my own best friend, family or new friends. This especially happened one summer when I had a bad semester in college previously. I was thinking that things were going to suck but they didn’t. I found a great lifegroup at church, I kept busy with summer school taking spanish (I enjoyed watching “las peliculas de Disney”) and social problems . I hung out with my best friends a bit, and even got to do 2 mega articles at the school paper. It was one of the best summers I have ever had.
  2. California Dreaming – The Mamas and the Papas. Almost every year in highschool, my parents and I would take a trip to California. We would usually hit up Los Angeles and/or San Francisco.
  3. UpShania Twain. Remember what I just said about my family’s trip to California? Well this song really brings back some memories. After much begging on behalf of me to my father, we finally got to go to Universal Studios Hollywood so I could ride the Back to the Future ride. (my dad had a longstanding hatred of Universal after they released that Last Temptation of Christ film and he outright refused to go there to that place) Either way, he caved in and took me and my mom to Universal Studios. At the time, I was enduring some fallout from things at school – both highschool drama and the fact that I failed a class and would have to retake it with a teacher that treated me like scum. So as I was at Universal Citywalk, this song comes on and it made me feel better. Oh and the following school year was one of the best that I remember having in highschool. So I guess things did look up for me.  
  4. Give It UpAvalon. If you grew up evangelical christian like I did, summer meant that it was time for camp – which would usually mean that somehow or some way you would end up dedicating your life to Christ again or making some sort of life change and making a promise that you probably would break to Jesus. The same thing would happen on mission trips both foreign and stateside. It’s an unfortunate ordeal. That is why I picked this song in retrospect because God calls us to give him your all 24/7 365 days a year, not just in the summer or when it suits you.
  5. Down Under – Men At Work. If you were someone that were a teenager around 2003, you may or may not remember that they used this for the film the rockin’ awesome (and very funny) Disney movie Finding Nemo – at least in the advertisements. That was the best summer film that Disney has ever put out next to Flight of the Navigator
  6. Round and Round – RATT. Picture this if you live in Houston: it’s the eighties, the temperature reads 90 degrees but the humidity is through the damn roof and you’re sitting by the pool with your cold drink of choice and the radio’s blasting ROCK 101 KLOL (before it became MEGA 101) and this song comes on. Perfect day isn’t it?
  7. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden. This basically sums up every single summer in Houston – hot, humid, and when it rains it is nothing short of sheer amazement.
  8. Sister Christian – Night Ranger.For some reason, people seem to forget that people graduate all the time during the year – especially if you go to Devry University or are on the quarter system. However, for some reason this song reminds me of a highschool graduation. Maybe it has something to do with the video.  
  9. Shackles (Praise You) – MaryMary. Like I said before, I am a Christian – but not a perfect one. This song brings back memories of when I was about to enter highschool at my parent’s church’s youth group. I did the mission trip that they called Houston 2001 (now Houston Project, for all you people who attend Houston’s First Baptist Church). This song was a bit, uh, overplayed on both KSBJ and at church. Either way, I like the song because it is very catchy and I love MaryMary’s harmonies.
  10. Maggie May – Rod Stewart. The ultimate summer love song.
  11. It’s The End of the World As We Know it (and I Feel Fine) – R.E.M. One thing said, you must send much love to the boys from Athens, GA. My vote for best simple video.
  12. School’s Out For the Summer – Alice Cooper. My parents generation, as far as shock rockers go, got Alice Cooper. My generation gets Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga. I think Alice Cooper’s is better because he wrote what every single person thinks about school.
  13. I Cannot Get You Out of My SystemNewsboys. Probably one of the greatest Christian bands of my childhood. I have always loved their rotating drum set that they use in concert. Better yet, they are original when it comes to their sound – a rarity in Christian music even to this day. Sheer amazement.
  14. Beautiful Stranger – Madonna. You gotta love Madonna. She is always cutting-edge, but sometimes she does go too far. (I wasn’t a fan of her standing on a cross during the Confessions on a Dancefloor tour – very offensive to me as a christian) However, I still like and even forgive Madonna – unlike some christians. I love this song. It reminds me of when I was 13 and I had to stay with my grandmother. I would watch VH1 and this song would always come on.
  15. You Found Me – FFH. What does FFH stand for you ask? It stands for Far From Home. They were a popular contemporary christian band back in the late’90-early 2000’s. They sounded a bit like John Mayer but ALOT better. I was in love with the bass line of this song, and still am! Also, the blending of their harmonies is nothing short of awesome. God has truly given them a gift.
  16. Time of the Season – The Zombies. Now picture this, a day at the beach with your love. Fireworks are going off because, well, it’s the 4th of July (if you live in the US that is), barbecues making some burgers (or veggie burgers) and corn on the cob. Perfect day isn’t it!  I probably would be accurate in saying that this defined summer when my father was a teenager sometime in 1969 – the year that Woodstock and the poorly planned Altamont happened.
  17. Extreme Days – TobyMac. Probably one of the best Christian artists ever. This basically defined summer 2001 for me – the summer where I left middle school and entered highschool. At the time I was a wannabe extreme sports person, but I did not succeed even at my sport of choice – rollerblading and skateboarding.
  18. Ice Cream Man – Van Halen. Who doesn’t like ice cream or Van Halen for that matter. I like both.
  19. Conga – Miami Sound Machine. ANYTHING Miami Sound Machine (or Gloria Estefan for that matter) sounds very summer-like!
  20. Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas. Perfect song for the summer from Motown Records.