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The Crossover Connection Week 16: A Combination of Culture Club, Depeche Mode and European Techno

Secular music is full of one hit wonders who disappeared after their only hit song falls off the charts. This week’s featured group recorded 8 albums over 17 years. If it wasn’t for their odd name, the Echoing Green, you probably would have heard of their music on the radio. Nonetheless, the Echoing Green will surprise you by their range with remakes of former hits songs Freak Out and Safety Dance. After refreshing my memory of their collective genre, there’s a definite Culture Club and Depeche Mode vibe with an occasional Techno song.

And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground—to everything in which there is the breath of life—I have given every green plant for food. And it was so, Genesis 1:29-30.

Since I spent all of high school and most of college in the 1980’s, this is the era where music influenced by life. Between listening to the radio on my way to school, running with tunes on my Walkman and playing albums on my stereo as I feel asleep, I was living on music like the title of the attached album, hope springs eternal. If you prefer more of a dance/disco music, Oxygen and Supernova will get your feet ready for the dance floor. While eighties music isn’t for everyone, I hope those who lived in this decade will enjoy the Echoing Green.

by Jay Mankus


S.A.N.S. Episode 66: Breaking Down

Depeche Mode was a popular group when I was in high school. Finding a similar sound to Depeche Mode wasn’t easy. While in college, I began to listen to a Christian radio program on Saturday nights that featured alternative music. The group that sounded the most like Depeche Mode was Code of Ethics. After buying the Visual Paradox album, Breaking Down reminded me of a classic 80’s feel.

So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance, John 8:26.

Breaking Down by Code of Ethics encourages listeners to examine your own life with a new set of eyes. If you are worried about what you’ll find, you may abort this call for reflection before it begins. Yet, as the Lord humbles the proud, humility is God’s way of breaking down walls that humans build and construct. While you may not like 80’s music, the message of Breaking Down is something to think about.

by Jay Mankus

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