I Want to Be a Clone

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I Want to Be a Clone
EP by Steve Taylor
Released 1983
Genre Christian rock, new wave, post-punk
Length 16:50
Label Sparrow
Producer Jonathan David Brown
Steve Taylor chronology
I Want to Be a Clone
(1983)
Meltdown
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[2]

I Want to Be a Clone is the title of the debut EP by new wave and post-punk influenced Christian musician Steve Taylor. As in later works, the singer-songwriter mixed criticism of general secular society, for things such as empty materialism and selfishness, with criticism of Christian church organizations, for things such as muddying the gospel message for marketing. Jonathan David Brown produced the work.

After hearing this album, influential Christian author Francis Schaeffer wrote the following to Taylor; "The combination of music and lyrics really works on a very high level, and the message, therefore, comes across with real clarity... in the light of the gifts that the Lord has so obviously given you, and which you obviously developed with care and hard work, I do urge you with all my heart to press on. You are really doing something marvelously worthwhile. I must say the words really cut a wide swath in the need in the church today."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were written and arranged by Steve Taylor.

  1. "Steeplechase" – 1:25
  2. "I Want to Be a Clone" – 2:30
  3. "Whatever Happened to Sin?" – 3:07
  4. "Written Guarantee" – 2:36
  5. "Bad Rap (Who You Tryin' to Kid' Kid?)" – 3:00
  6. "Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Numbers Up?" – 4:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Taylor: Vocals, Keyboards (featuring the Mighty Farfisa).
  • Kerry Conner: Guitars
  • Cactus Moser: Drums
  • Brian Tankersley: Bass
  • Dave Thrush: Sax
  • Harry Bruckner: Bass Guitar on "Whatcha"

Rights, raps and claps on "Clone," "Bad Rap" and "Written Guarantee" The Screaming Chapalaires (Courtesy of Nosuch Records)

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced and engineered by Jonathan David Brown.
  • Recorded in John Sandberg's basement.
  • Additional recording at Bill's house.
  • Mixed at Weddington Studios.
  • Mastered at MCA/Whitney by Steve Hall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ I Want to Be a Clone at AllMusic
  2. ^ Whitehead, Steven. "Review: I Want To Be A Clone - Steve Taylor - 12 inch vinyl". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "I Want To Be A Clone (album)". Retrieved July 2, 2014.