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Continuing on in “I Heard it on the Radio” week, today’s band is Switchfoot! Like all of the bands we’ve posted this week, Switchfoot is a band that has been able to cross over from the Christian market to the secular world. You’ve probably heard of them before because you’ve likely either heard their songs on Christian radio, regular radio, or MTV.
Most bands we like to cover here are indie bands, or at least less-well-known Christian groups, but this week of popular radio stuff has been fun, and educational – just like Sesame Street.
Switchfoot, on the other hand, is not like Sesame Street. They have no giant wooly mammoths in the band. They are not sponsored by letters. And they will make few attempts to teach you Spanish. But I still give them a strong recommendation as my personal favorite of the three bands I’ve covered this week.
Continuing on with “I Heard it on the Radio Week,” today, we’ll look at a band I got into early on in their career but mostly ignored more recently – Relient K! Relient K is one of those great happy pop-punk bands with catchy lyrics and a humorous look on life. Who else but Relient K would release songs with names like “I’m Lion-O,” “Maybe it’s Maybeline,” and “Crayons Can Melt on Us For All I Care?”
Relient K’s current band line-up consists of Matt Thiessen (vocals, guitar, piano), Matt Hoopes (guitar, vocals), Dave Douglas (drums, vocals), John Warne (drums, vocals), and John Schneck (guitar, banjo, bells, vocals).
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Anyway, we’re gonna totally switch gears this week and for the next 7 days we’ll be covering some of the popular Christian rock groups that you’d expect to hear on your standard above average Christian radio station. Now, before you get scared that we’re departing from the whole underground indie Christian stuff, just relax. We’ll come back to the indie stuff soon enough. That’s our favorite stuff to cover, so we’ll be returning to it next week. However, there are some “normal” bands that we actually enjoy and think are worth noting. Besides, we know some people enjoy regular music even more than the indie stuff, so we want them to be able to find something here too.
This first band is one of the most popular we’ll be posting about, and one of the more spiritually ambiguous (oooh, big words).