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We’ve Lost an Icon–R.I.P. Michael Knott

We’ve Lost an Icon–R.I.P. Michael Knott

The world of Christian music has misplaced a real icon. Michael Knott was confirmed lifeless yesterday, March twelfth. Knott was a real pioneer in unbiased Christian music, main a plethora of bands, dabbling in a number of genres, participating prolific solo work, along with being a visible artist.

Starting within the Nineteen Eighties, Knott joined current band Lifesavors, a Southern California energy pop/new wave band, however later took management of the band. Initially Knott continued the brand new wave path, however issues took a darker shade in 1987 when he rebranded the outfit LifeSavers Underground and launched probably the most influential album our scene ever produced, Shaded Pain. It was the primary album on a Christian label to be dabbling in post-punk, goth, and even dying rock.

He had hinted at this darker sound together with his indie band Idle Lovell. And if the names are getting laborious to maintain up with, that may be a pattern that will proceed till his dying. His band names and collaborations are troublesome to depend: Idle Lovell (goth/post-punk), Lifesavors/Lifesavers/LifeSavers Underground/L.S.U./L.S. Underground (various/new wave/post-punk/goth rock), Mike Knott/Michael Knott (various rock/singer-songwriter/indie rock/indie people), The Aunt Bettys (various/punk), Cush (shoegaze/dream pop), Bomb Bay Babies (various/energy pop/punk), Michael Moret (Italo-disco/techno/dance). And let’s not overlook Blonde Vinyl Records, the best, hippest indie/various label to emerge within the pre-Tooth and Nail days. In reality, it appears unlikely that Tooth & Nail (or so many different chrindie labels) would exist had it not been for Blonde Vinyl.

Michael Knott was a posh character–one which was troublesome to be on the fence about. He was conservative in theology, however was at all times pushing the boundaries, not solely musically however when it comes to how a lot one may share about their private struggles as a high-profile artist. Knott had a reasonably public wrestle with alcohol, which was mirrored sometimes in tune lyrics, like “Double” from the critically-acclaimed L.S.U. album Grace Shaker. While some followers discovered solace within the uncooked honesty of Knott’s songwriting, others shunned what might have appeared like a compromise with sin. I’m not right here to take a place on any of these. Rather at the moment, we have a good time the life and artwork of an influential musician, songwriter, business figurehead, artist, and finally a person who pointed others to Jesus.

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March 13, 2024 at 02:47PM

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