dc Talk Week: Day 4 – Secular or Saved?

For their final blog post, dc Talk’s Jesus Freak authors Will Stockton and G. Wilson invite you to take a quiz to find out… are you closer to Christ or Satan? As young music critics for Christ, one of our favorite games to play was “Secular or Saved”. It went something like this: grab a friend. Grab a radio. Turn the dial at random. When a song comes through, ask each other: is this artist sanctified by the blood of our one true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, or is this…

dc Talk Week: Day 3 – Where Are They Now?

It’s publication day for dc Talk’s Jesus Freak! In today’s post, the authors delve into where the members of dc Talk are nowadays… As a teenager, one of my favorite things about going to the orthodontist was the opportunity the waiting room afforded me to read People Magazine and catch up on the afterlives of my favorite 1980s sitcom stars. “Where Are They Now” headlines still make for easy clickbait: a fun way to chase celebrity gossip and track your favorite stars on their fall off the mountain. It has long been…

dc Talk Week: Day 2 – Top Ten dc Talk Songs

In their second post this week, 33 1/3 authors Will Stockton and D. Gilson list their top 10 dc Talk songs, and why they’ve declared them the best of the best. Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is derivate, sure. It feeds off mainstream styles. But for adolescents, especially, that’s why it works. Without question, dc Talk was the most important CCM band of the 1990s. Their five albums – their self-titled debut (1989), Nu Thang (1990), Free at Last (1992), Jesus Freak (1995), and Supernatural (1998) – soundtracked our faith as white…

dc Talk Week: Day 1 – How We Became Jesus Freaks

This week, Will Stockton and D. Gilson, authors of the new 33 1/3 on dc Talk’s Jesus Freak, will be taking over the blog in celebration of their book’s upcoming publication. Here they cordially invite you to meet the Jesus Freaks. It almost sounds like the set-up to a joke: two gay atheists / cultural critics / English professors write a book about a Christian band from the nineties. But give us a second to explain. We weren’t always this way. In 1995, we were evangelical teenagers with hearts for…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 4 – “Peek-A-Boo” Part 2

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In her final post, Samantha looks at the influence that silent films had on the music video for their critically acclaimed song, “Peek-A-Boo.” Peepshow features numerous references to silent filmmaking, particularly its technical facets, including the use of light and shade and vignette. This influence extends into the ‘Peek-A-Boo’ video, particularly in the way that Siouxsie and The Banshees are depicted as separate protagonists. Sioux is a leading lady, the focal point…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 2: Peepshow and Film Maudit

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. Today, she explores the influences that film maudit had on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ music. Taken literally, the term film maudit means ‘cursed’ film, often one that exists on the fringes of the film industry. Perhaps panned by critics, bombed at the box office or otherwise poorly received, film maudit includes films later revisited, then canonized as ‘cult classics’. Most of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ film influences were drawn from film maudit: Roger…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 1 – Why Peepshow?

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In her first post, she discusses why she chose to write about this album, and how you should be reading it (hint: it should be a rainy day…) I was compelled to write about Peepshow for a number of reasons. Firstly, whilst I don’t think Peepshow is the best – or definitive – Siouxsie and the Banshees record, I believe it’s their most musically accomplished record. The addition of Martin McCarrick and…

Album Anniversary: Celebrating 30 Years of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow

Samantha Bennett, author of the upcoming 33 1/3 on Peepshow, discusses the album’s unique filmic influences and what makes it, in the words of Siouxsie Sioux herself, the band’s “best album.” Thirty years ago today, Siouxsie and the Banshees released their ninth studio album, Peepshow. Over the course of its career, the band cited film and film music influences in hundreds of interviews. Yet these routine references to cinema were rarely picked up on by journalists, who, at best, would refer to the Banshees’ music as simply ‘filmic’ or ‘cinematic’. From…

The 33 1/3 Open Call Starts Now! – Submit Your Proposals

We’re thrilled to announce the 33 1/3 2018 open call for submissions! As of today, the submission window is open. Proposals will be due by 11:59 EST, October 31st, 2018. Be sure to follow the submission guidelines below, and only submit if you are able to complete your manuscript within 8-12 months from acceptance. We’ll work out individual timelines for books, and some may have longer deadlines, but we’ll need an initial commitment to a fairly quick turnaround. If you would like to submit a proposal for a 33 1/3 volume,…

Rest in power Aretha Franklin

Today we celebrate the legacy of Aretha Franklin, one of the most remarkable musicians of our time, and one of the most powerful voices of all time. We lift our glasses to the Queen of Soul, and share with you this excerpt from Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, wherein Aaron Cohen discusses Frankin’s unique marriage musical influences. I suppose the [Black] Revolution influenced me a great deal, but I must say that mine was a very personal evolution — an evolution of the me in myself. But then I suppose that the…