The Christians is an English group formed in Liverpool in 1985 by the Christians brothers, hence the name of the group. Group originally composed of Garry Christian, Roger Christian, Russel Christian and a fourth thief named Henry Priestman.
The group released their eponymous first album two years later in 1987 and for a first album, the least we can say is that it is particularly successful since it will sell more than a million copies worldwide. In particular thanks to the flagship single "Ideal world". And to a lesser extent "When the fingers point", single with more modest success but which still offers them their first success in the USA.
A year later, their revisited version of the Isley Brothers title "Harvest for the world" is also a hit and allows them to establish their status as the phenomenon of the moment.
But it is the title "Words" released in 1989 and very strongly inspired by the title of Sean O Riada "Mna na heireann" which will bring them the consecration, the real one. Flagship title of all their discography and extract from their album "Color" which will be released a year later in 1990. Album which will also produce the big caliber single "I found out".
The great adventure continues in 1992 with the release of the album "Happy in hell" Album which will experience a lower level of success than its predecessor but which will nevertheless produce 2 high caliber singles which are "What's in a word" and " Father”. Album which will unfortunately be the last.
A final track "The Bottle" was released in 1993 and gave the group their last major success.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Forgotten town 1987
When the fingers point 1987
Ideal world 1987
Born again 1988
Harvest for the world 1988
I found out 1990
Greenbank drive 1990
What’s in a word 1992
The bottle 1993
The perfect moment 1993
Prodigal son 2003
Speed of life 2012
We'll find a way 2012
We are love 2015
Naz don't cry 2021
1987 ... a perfectly successful start to their career which saw the group win his first classified title. Ideal start-up scenario as they say !
1987 ... a sequel of lesser quality which sees the group doing more or less on the spot. Too bad because it was all off to a good start ...
1987 ... the group recovered very quickly and obtained with this title its first title classified in the USA. Given their potential, we suspected that the story would not stop there ...
1987 ... 4 titles from the first year of existence and 4 classified titles, a result that is flattering to say the least. Not sure that they manage to keep the pace at such a level but what is taken is no longer to be taken as they say ...
1988 ... the year 1988 will be much less prolific than the year 1987 but the qualitative level remains at the same level and that is the main thing !
1988 ... this revisited version of the Isley Brothers title dating from 1976 is a copy of the most successful and largely holds up. A good job undoubtedly !
1989 ... then THIS title comes ! They simply deliver their Mona Lisa here, once again a revisited version this time of Sean O'Riada's title “Mna na heireann”. An original title which will have already transcended the soundtrack of the film Barry Lyndon in 1975 via the version of the Chieftains and which offers the group an exceptional raw material to make a new, more modern version. And the result is exceptional. MAS-TER-FUL !
1990 ... how to compete with the previous gem ? Mission almost impossible but the group does not dismantle and delivers a dance title of big caliber which allows to cushion the fall in the Charts ...
1990 ... the big unscrewing takes place with this title. The fall in the Charts is vertiginous and brings the group back to the level of success of its beginnings. Or even worse ...
1992 ... the group is resourceful during the year 1991 and does not produce anything suddenly. It is to better return to this year 1992, a return in a certain form. A form that allows them to return to success, but for how long ...
1992 ... anyway, a beautiful year 1992 which saw them particularly inspired. The proof with this new sumptuous Intimist title which shows that in this area, they have no lesson to learn from anyone. MA-GIC !
1993 ... this revisited version of the title of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson dating from 1974 will be their last notorious feat of arms. The adventure draws to a close and 1993 will be their last year of existence ...
1993 ... the last title. And what could be better than to finish with finesse and lightness. On this one, it is mission successful !
2003...the last major title but not the last title. Because the adventure will continue thereafter and in a very beautiful way and this in spite of a crossing of the desert during the decade 2000...
2012...after a 2000 decade when we thought the group had delivered its last cartridges, here he is back in this new 2010 decade in a certain form. Enough in any case to bring him back to the forefront a little...
2012... the group has been able to find a level of inspiration worthy of the name in this new decade, it is clear. Like what, in music, nothing is ever finished..
2012...most bands from the 80s and having survived the 90s and 2000s will succeed in making a spectacular comeback during the 2010s. Who would have thought that possible...?
2015...a first album to put them back on their feet at the beginning of the decade and a second album to confirm their return once and for all. A desire to believe in it always and again that commands respect !
2015...we never thought their return was possible and yet they did. And how ! The group was able to ask the right questions and adapt accordingly. Well done gentlemen !
2015...a succession of titles with more than certain inspiration and which shows above all that this group still has things to offer and above all to sing. We take, we take !
2021...and here they are in this new decade 2020. We thought that the group would not survive the 90s and here they are again more than 20 years later. And it's certainly not over, far from it...
Top Bonus : the original version which will inspire 'Words', a title of the Chieftains dating from 1975, with an extraordinary inspiration and which will undoubtedly remain as one of the most incredible musical pieces of the end of the 20th century !
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