I Predict 1990

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I Predict 1990
Studio album by Steve Taylor
Released 1987
Recorded Music Grinder
(Los Angeles, California)
Reelsound Bus
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Wayne Cook Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
CBS Studios
Genre Rock
Length 43:44
Label Myrrh Records
Producer The Beaufort Twins
(Dave Perkins & Steve Taylor)
Steve Taylor chronology
On The Fritz
I Predict 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
CCM Magazine (not rated)[1]

I Predict 1990 is the title of the fourth release and third full-length album by singer-songwriter Steve Taylor. Lyrically, the album explores actions that exploit others to various ends from multiple perspectives. CCM magazine found that the overall theme is that the ends never justify the means.[1] It was released as a one-off on Myrrh Records instead of Sparrow. Taylor has said that the album's title was meant as a parody of a Lester Sumrall TV program and book called I Predict 1986.[citation needed]

The cover was designed and painted by Taylor's wife, Debi. It was intended to resemble early 20th-century French poster art; however some Christians felt that it resembled a tarot card, which sparked controversy. Additionally, one televangelist claimed that the image was of Taylor saluting Satan,[2] and that it additionally contained secret messages and links to new age philosophy.[2] These accusations caused some Christian book stores to pull the album.[3]

All Songs were written by Steve Taylor. The musical introduction and bridge to "Babylon" were written by Dave Perkins. The ending theme of "Jim Morrison's Grave" was borrowed from Claude Debussy. The introduction to "Harder To Believe" (Vocalise) was borrowed from Sergei Rachmaninoff. In Australia, the song "I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good" was construed to mean that Taylor advocated violence toward abortion clinics,[2] causing the cancellation of a tour of that continent.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Blew Up The Clinic Real Good" - 4:12
  2. "What Is The Measure of Your Success?" - 4:39
  3. "Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel A Lot Better" - 3:29
  4. "Babylon" - 4:51
  5. "Jim Morrison's Grave" - 4:29
  6. "Svengali" - 4:30
  7. "Jung and the Restless" - 4:32
  8. "Innocence Lost" - 5:03
  9. "A Principled Man" - 3:27
  10. "Harder To Believe Than Not To" - 4:32

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  1. ^ a b Brown, Bruce A. (January 1988). "Reviews: I Predict 1990". CCM Magazine 10 (7): 34, 36. ISSN 1524-7848. 
  2. ^ a b c Peterson, Doug (Jan–Feb 1996). "Door Magazine, This Is Your Life! Revisiting Past Graduates of The Door Interview, Part 5". The Whittenburg Door (145). ISSN 1044-7512. 
  3. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Steve Taylor". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 931. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.