Number 35 on my countdown of Top 40 albums is Chase the Sun by The O.C. Supertones!
First of all, I would like to apologize for the delay in posting! This was supposed to be posted last Saturday, but my wife and I had a lovely romantic getaway and I was having way too good of a time to formulate an incredibly life-changing-ly genius blog post as I usually do on a weekly basis. Anyways, onto the music!
Chase the Sun definitely has a nostalgia-factor for me. I got this album as a Christmas present when I was eleven years old. I have a distinct memory of unwrapping it, closing myself into my parents bedroom (for some reason), and listening to it on my old Memorex CD player with my foamy over-the-head Phillips headphones. If I am remembering correctly, this was the very first Supertones album I ever had. A friend of mine had burned us a CD that had seven or eight songs from Loud and Clear on it, but this was the first complete Supertones album I listened to from start to finish, and I was encapsulated. As an eleven year old kid, I didn’t really understand the genre-i-zation of music or what ska was or the differences between Christian music and Secular music. To me, this album was just a total blast. It is probably the closest to “rap music” I ever got (which is hilarious considering how far the Supertones are from a rap group) and it is one of my first memories of being really moved by a song.
To me, this album is the quintessential Supertones album. It perfectly captures their fun sound along with some surprisingly poignant lyrics. It includes several of their sort of faux rap songs as well as some patented Supertones spelling of words. (ex. “As I was B-O-U-N-D bound by the name of J-E-S-U-S”). Now that I am older, I can step back and take a bit more of an objective look at the Supertones. Is their music absolute timeless genius? Probably not. Is it wildly fun? Absolutely! Is it much more harmonically and melodically interesting than nearly all ska/Christian music? For sure! One of my favorite things about the Supertones is their sincerity. I don’t think they were ever trying to convince anyone of their greatness. They just wanted to glorify God and have a blast while doing it.
With all my incessant talk about how fun the Supertones are, you are probably expecting some super upbeat tracks to represent the album. However, I am choosing two songs that really break the Supertones format to show off their sincerity and their love of God. Here are two of my favorite songs from the album, “Old Friend” and “Refuge (In Conclusion).”
So, there you have it! Chase the Sun by The O.C. Supertones at Number 35 on the countdown! This is the second and final Supertones album on the countdown. If you missed it, their album Hi-Fi Revival was Number 37 which you can find at this link https://speakingofthingsthatrule.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/hi-fi-revival-by-the-o-c-supertones/
For those of you following the countdown, you can expect to see Number 34 posted sometime mid-week (I am shooting for Wednesday, but it could possibly be Friday). Number 33 will be posted either Saturday or Sunday, then the countdown will be back on track!
Thanks for reading! Have an excellent few days and enjoy some great music!