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Daniel Amos

Founded (for the most part) in 1975, Daniel Amos, or DA (or Da or dä), has been one of the most creative bands in the history of Christian music; indeed, their aggressive creativity and song craftsmanship are seldom paralleled in the whole genre of pop music in general. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Terry Taylor, Daniel Amos has been on the forefront of pop music both musically and lyrically, with lyrics exploring the subject of spirituality and the relationship between God and humanity. Starting out as a country & western band in the early to mid-'70s, Daniel Amos -- then comprised of Steve Baxter, Terry Taylor, Marty Dieckmeyer, and Jerry Chamberlain -- had an almost instantaneous live appeal and their popularity and fame spread very quickly among the Jesus Movement scene. In the coming year, Baxter left the group and drummer Ed McTaggart and keyboardist Mark Cook enlisted.

Shortly after the release of their 1977 album Shotgun Angel, the group signed on with Larry Norman's Solid Rock Records and began recording (with new percussionist Alex MacDougall) the album that came to be known as Horrendous Disc. The record was completed by the summer of 1978 and showed the band completely stripped of their country roots with a scorching guitar sound and intelligent, insightful lyrics. But due to apparently little more than foot dragging on the part of Norman, the album was not released until April of 1981. In between 1978 and 1981, the band was exposed to new things happening in the pop music scene, notably the work of Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, and other new wave luminaries. With the release of Horrendous Disc on hold, the band, with no other option, continued playing out and writing new material. MacDougall and Cook left, waiting for their record to come out of the can. By early 1981, the group began recording ¡Alarma!, a quirky, almost sinister collection of songs that included a two-page libretto of sorts called The ¡Alarma! Chronicles. Songs were new and fresh; unlike anything anyone had heard before. ¡Alarma! was released just six weeks after Horrendous Disc in June of 1981, featuring the band on the cover with their eyes airbrushed out. Three other ¡Alarma! Chronicles! records were to follow.

By 1987, the band had shortened their name from Daniel Amos to the monosyllabic Da and released what many call their greatest work, Darn Floor Big Bite. Experimental guitar work and superb intellectual songwriting were featured from every angle on this brilliant record. New guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Greg Flesch brings a lot to the table here. Disappointing record sales and a virtually non-existent response from radio called for a change in plans; specifically a two-year hiatus as an alter-ego band, the Swirling Eddies. Four Daniel Amos records were released in the 1990s. Kalhoun, issued in 1991 (under the name dä), shows the band louder and harder than they ever had been, with political lyrics and a sort of mockery of wide-eyed doomsayers. Their next record, Motor Cycle (1993), visits the land of psychedelia with tape loops, trippy lyrics, and incredibly catchy pop hooks; those who do not feel Darn Floor is their greatest work toss that honor to Motor Cycle. A harsher, more abrasive record came the following year in the form of their next work, Bibleland; recorded at maximum volume in nearly one take. A thematic work followed in 1997 entitled Songs of the Heart. After many recordings and extensive touring by Taylor's "side project," the Lost Dogs, Daniel Amos finally returned after a seven-year absence with another recording crafted in the manner of Darn Floor Big Bite, entitled Mr. Buechner's Dream; it is a double-CD set featuring 33 songs. ~ Mark W. B. Allender, Rovi
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no shotgun angel?
alanbarryras t
Great ,Great band, check out their new album "Dig Here Said the Angel" Fantastic
This is a great chrstian band that I like to
So grateful to Mr. Taylor et.al. Also The Choir, Mr. Mark Heard (The Lord bless and keep him), Heaven knows where I would be without your encouragemen t and challenge in the faith.
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't they have an album called running out of time
I left Christianity a long time ago, but I still find Terry Taylor's lyrics to be intelligent, emotional, and inspiring. Daniel Amos crossed over from making Christian rock into making genuinely brilliant and touching works of art that can be enjoyed by believers and nonbelievers alike.
Great stuff!
Great bio, now we need all those albums listed to show up here.
I became aware of Daniel Amos around the time Horrendous Disk was released. Didn't actually buy any of their music until the release of Fearful Symmetry. Since then, I've acquired almost their entire catalog. What never ceases to amaze me is the sheer diversity of music they released over their career as well as the talent of Terry Taylor and his fellow bandmates.

Pandora should include more music by Daniel Amos in their catalog.
Daniel Amos is clearly one of the greatest bands in the history of Christian rock. Pandora needs to get the rest of their albums on here...espec i a l l y the Alarma Chronicles.
!Alarma! Chronicles was absolutely awesome! But it was a Quadlogy, not a trilogy. !Alarma!, Doppleganger , Vox Humana and Fearful Symmetry. But lyrically, I love Darn Floor, Big Bite.
jetsled
help terry taylor...he' s paid the price for being true to God and his calling...ht t p : / / w w w . d a n i e l a m o s . c o m / d o n a t e . h t m l
where are the rest of their dozens of albums? and the one showing isn't called bibleland. c'mon guys.
There was an explosion of a lot of creative groups in Christian Music in the mid 80s through early 90s. Most were not commercially viable due to their not fitting into mainstream Christian culture.
My favorite band but the cover shown is not the cover for Bibleland. Its for a compilation album called our Personal World Famous Hits.
estherb
Love these guys...have seen them to many times to count...my hubby and me are "groupies" for sure. Can't stop listening... a n d it is such a great message..get s you thinking about your faith and relationship with Jesus...than k s DA
veritasbill
I still have fond memories of the Amos & Randy Tour (DA and Randy Stonehill), performing at Westmont College - must have been 1980ish. If Taylor's voice was better, these guys could be huge. Side B of Shotgun Angel - really great!
The Alarma Chronicles trilogy of albums is an amazing cultural experience. You could spend days studying all of the literary references, from doppelganger s to William Blake. We're talking trippy cool stuff, too, an amazing counterpoint to the happy happy CCM out at the time. The Motorcycle album comes close to capturing that same narrative feel. Too bad all these discs aren't on Pandora yet, it would make an interesting station.
I just found the "Shot Gun Angel" Vinyl record in my collection and I re-enjoyed again. To bad Christian music isnt like that today.
whitej0026
Horrendous Disk is one of the best albums ever. I wish there was better access to chritian music from the late 70's and early 80's.
Their best was the alarma trilogy in the mid eighties, although it is hard to choose which is best from their early stuff. Sort of the God-fathers of Christian alternative. Shotgun Angel was sort of a country album.
DA was always the best incarnation of Terry Scott Taylor's talents. Great band.
Big DA fan here. Saw them five times in the early days. Loved the "Crappy Disc" tour. DA was better for the sum of its parts. They were at their best outside in the sunshine!
i used to listen to these guys in the late seventies,
also loved larry norman i was sad to hear he died last year.i was glad to hear he was still serving GOD though.
A friend of mine turned me on to Christian Rock with DA. It is the best, weirdest, funkiest music ever. Saw them at The Beach water park in Albuquerque, broken wave pool and all, in the mid 80s.
marty.earls
aBSOLUTELY lOVE dANIEL aMOS, SWIRLING eDDIES, da
This incarnation of Terry Taylor's musical talents is still my favorite. I saw him with the Lost Dogs, but never saw a proper DA tour.
rcuellarfami l y
Been listening since 1978. Still going strong with other groups and friends like: Swirling Eddies, Lost Dogs, The Choir, 77s and side projects. Too Sweet!
Growing up my mom tried me to get me to listen to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). The tapes gathered dust. When I heard Daniel Amos' "Hollow Man" I loved it. For Christmas, my mom got it pleasing both her and me: her, she was now happy with her son listening to non-secular music, me, because I had a band that sounded nothing like the crap coming out of the Nashville CCM scene.
kent57
This artist is a band - anchored by Terry Taylor and featuring a supporting cast of various other musicians.
Also listed as D/A, D.A. Check-out the concept series "The Alarma! Chronicles"; 4 albums recorded 1981 - 1986. Pink Floyd meets Talking Heads w/ spiritual message. www.danielam o s . c o m

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