A podcast where Kelly shows his friend John the Christian Rock he listened to from the 80s/90s.
Carman: The Music Videos feat. Jen and Corri
It’s here: The final piece of our Carman trilogy.
In episode 16 we chat with our lovely, supporting, and baffled wives about Carman and his must-be-seen-to-be-believed music videos. Jen discusses her first time seeing Revival in the Land, and Corri discusses her experiences with church growing up.
It sets the table for an episode on dungeons and dragons, hunky history teachers, demon bartenders, and alligator monsters. This one was a blast, and it confirmed the best way to properly digest the twisted and cynical mind of Carman: laugh at him.
Carman: Yo Kidz! feat. Katie Johnson
For our second offering of all things Carman this month, (the “son” in our holy trinity) we look at Carman’s Yo Kidz! (1992).
On this album for kiddos, Carman—the 36-year-old man that you can’t believe isn’t 50—introduces us to Lawrence, a big, purple, rapping cat. Lawrence and his gang of cats are on a doomed path of sin and debauchery, and it’s up to Carman to set them straight, through song. It’s an album about homies, chillin’, saying “straight up,” and ding dongs.
My sister Katie joins in on the fun as she shares her memories of listening to this cassette, going through stuff in my room, and how she thought Lawrence was the same cat from the Paula Abdul video.
Fair warning: I f’ed up the audio and recorded through my laptop again. Doesn’t sound great! But you’ll get used to it, especially if you wanna hear our Carman impressions.
Carman: The Absolute Best
Did you ask for it? No! But you're GETTING it: Carman!
In the spirit of his go-big-or-go-home theatrics, we are giving you THREE episodes on Carman this month. A holy trinity if you will (or won't). Consider this first episode The Father.
If you aren't familiar with him, there isn't really any good way to describe Carman in a paragraph. Part minister, part Elvis impersonator, part Broadway performer, part theater actor, and whole culture vulture, Carman entertained crowds with his charisma and astounding statistics on abortion, homosexuality, and gang violence. Fun for the whole family!
John and I discuss his first (I think his first; I forgot to look that part up) greatest hits compilation, 1993's The Absolute Best. We look at his controversial message, his career up until 1993, and John's impression of him now after enjoying Mission 3:16 from the WOW 1998 Compilation.
Truly, he was a man brave enough to say: Satan, kiss my BUTT.
Episode 13 - Heart in Motion by Amy Grant featuring Flamy Grant
This is the big one, folks. Heart in Motion is considered the biggest CCM crossover album of all time, and at over five million copies sold on the strength of 'Baby, Baby,' one of the most successful albums of 1991. We invited drag artist FLAMY GRANT on this episode to talk about it.
Flamy opens up about her experiences and deep involvement in a strict, fundamentalist Evangelical church. She discusses her late blossom into the confident, queer drag artist that hosts and performs shows around San Diego. Flamy tells us how Amy Grant helped her through her adolescence and why she is an unexpected icon in the queer community. Is Amy Grant (unironically) GOOD?!
You can find out more about Flamy Grant, including her upcoming drag folk album, at the following links:
Flamy Grant Instagram
Flamy Grant Twitter
Episode 12 - Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) by Bob Carlisle
Did you know what a butterfly kiss was before this song? Did you ever figure it out? Have you received them or given them out?
In 1997, Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) by Bob Carlisle went sicko mode in minivans across America. Carlisle cut his teeth with the band Allies in the 80s and enjoyed a modest CCM solo career in the early 90s. However, this song shot the 40-year-old Boltonesque crooner into the national consciousness with a loving, soul-baring tribute to his daughter's innocence. The album knocked the SPICE GIRLS out of the number one spot in the summer of 1997.
John and I discuss our memories of the song, and we delicately touch upon the obvious: Buttefly Kisses is weird. Are the other songs like this on the album? Will John and I talk about them at all? How does it relate to the Evangelical messages surrounding the family at the time? And is Bob Carlisle the inspiration for the main character in the Michael Keaton movie Jack Frost?
Episode 11 - WOW 1998
(W)o(O)hoo (W)e're back!
This week we are dusting the light snow off our winter brains to discuss the red-hot compilation album WOW 1998. 30 Christian Rock MEGA (and not quite) hits, not the least of which includes a spy-themed Eurodance track (Mission 3:16) by the infamous Carman (more on him in months to come!)
We reflect on our thoughts about the 'cast so far, and John opens up a lil' more about some of his youth experiences in the church community. Then we get into the album and talk about how some of these REALLY sound like secular songs in 1998. We also discuss how it compares to the NOW That's What I Call Music 1998 album, and I reveal that I like Jars of Clay more than Tonic.
This one's a little formless and rougher around the edges cuz the convo was just fun and, well, we both have toddlers in our downtime. So, sometimes this is the best you're gonna get!
Please come back!
Kelly’s music listening history is almost impossible to believe and yet somehow too familiar. Highly recommend going on this journey with John.