The ¡Alarma! Chronicles Years
- iDEoLA's Tribal Opera is released on What? Records. Future Swirling Eddie Dave Raven hit stuff, along with Steve Hindalong and others.
- Harvest Rock Syndicate Interviews Steve Taylor and Terry Taylor.
Man With A Mission: DA's Terry Taylor
- Early in the interview with Steve Taylor, he is asked about Terry & DA.
HRS: "Do you and Terry Taylor know each other? Is there already a connection there?"
Steve: "Yeah, there is. The most obvious connection for me is just Daniel Amos' music. For a while, I actually felt kinda guilty, because in many ways, Daniel Amos set groundwork that enabled me to do what I'm doing. Some of the issues they were tackling on the Doppelganger album just blew me away. It was great stuff, and very much ahead of its time."
HRS: "Do you and Terry know each other?"
Steve: "We know each other and we've talked a few times. There was even a time, uh--gosh, I haven't talked about this with anybody--there was a time during the Meltdown album where I had kicked around the idea of working with him. And for some reason, it just never came together."
January 14, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Lafayette, CA at Lafayette-Orinda Presber. The Choir opened the show.
January 15, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in San Jose, CA. The Choir opened the show.
January 16, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Concord, California at the Hope Center. The Choir opened the show.
January 17, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Stockton, California. The Choir opened the show.
January 18, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs at Wolfgang's in San Francisco, California.
January 30, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Pheonix, Arizona. The Choir opened the show.
- Australia's On Being Magazine publishes a review of Terry's Knowledge & Innocence.
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February 1, 1987
- Common Bond's Anger Into Passion is released. Common Bond covers DA's "Walls of Doubt." Terry also sings backing vocals.
February 4, 1987
- Phil Keaggy's The Wind and the Wheat is released. Alex MacDougall played percussion.
February 6, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Chicago, Illinois. The Choir opened the show.
February 7, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Milwaukee, WI. The Choir opened the show.
February 13, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in St. Louis, MO. The Choir opened the show.
February 14, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Champaign, Illinois. The Choir opened the show.
Late February 1987
- Daniel Amos and Common Bond perform in Los Angeles, CA. at the Roxy.
March 1, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Seattle, Washington at the Montana Club.
March 13, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Pheonix, Arizona.
March 14, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. at "the Beach" waterpark on a very narrow stage overlooking the wave pool.
The idea was to have swimmers and people on tubes watching the concert on the stage above. However, a small landslide contaminated the pool and DA played facing an empty 1/4 acre of motionless, pea-green water. The audience was forced to watch from the sides. Opening the concert was a local band called 'Holy Smoke' which a visibly frustrated Terry referred to as the 'Smokin' Joes.' (Source: Walter R. Ratliff, Steven Swenson)
March 20, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Dallas, Texas.
March 28, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Denver, Colorado.
- Daniel Amos performs in Anahiem, California at the CBA convention.
Set List: Revolution (Beatles), Endless Summer, Safety Net, Mall (All Over the World), Darn Floor - Big Bite, The Pool, Dance Stop, I Didn't Build it For Me/Favorite Things/I Didn't Build it For Me
A Briefing for the Ascent
- Terry Taylor's A Briefing For The Ascent is released.
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Album Info & Lyrics
The heavy "drum" heard througout the song "Changeless" is actually a plastic water
bottle sampled from the Beach Boys' classic, "Caroline No".
April 25, 1987 - June 18, 1987
- Tim Chandler performs with the Choir opening for Randy Stonehill's Wild Frontier Tour
Tim: "I usually rode with the choir in the van and Randy and the rest of the other band would follow in a giant motorhome. (they were constantly taunting us because they were riding around in relative luxury, and we were bouncing around in a beatup old van.) One day, at a truck stop, we (The Choir) bought fireworks, rope and a lot of pastry (without letting Randy or the band see the stuff we bought.) One of the rodies and I climbed into the back of the van, and he tied a rope to the back door so that he could let it open (while driving 70 mph) and then pull on the rope to close it back. When we got on the freeway, the rodie let the back door open, I put several firecrackers into a chocolate creme-filled cupcake, lit it up, and then the idea was to launch it at Randy's giant motorhome so that the pastry would explode all over their windshield. (keep in mind, we were 27 to 30 year old men at the time. pretty mature, huh?!)
The first time I tried it, my timing was off, the back door didn't open wide enough or quickly enough and the creme-filled cupcake exploded all over me. (I always wished that I could have seen that first try from their point of view. They had no idea what we were up to and all they saw was the van back door opening, me holding a dessert item up in the air, the thing suddenly going off daffy-duck-style and covering me in chocolate cake and creme, and then the back door slowly closing.)
We finally got our timing down and launched a chocolate creme pie which exploded about a foot in front of their windshield, and then the driver turned the windshield wipers on, completely smearing it, and they had to pull over."
May 16, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Fresno, California at Sanger Music Festival.
May 17, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in San Jose, California.
May 20, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Los Angeles, California.
June 1, 1987
- Isaac Air Freight's Over Our Heads is released. Ed McTaggart handles cover design and layout. Terry Taylor is credited as a member of the cast. The album's musicians include Terry Taylor, Doug Doyle, Greg Flesch, Tim Chandler, Ed McTaggart and John Mehler. The album is also noteable for the first appearance of the song "Sprinkler Head," written by Terry Scott Taylor with Isaac Air Freight's Dan Rupple and Dave Toole.
- Crumbacher's Thunder Beach is released on Frontline Records. Ed McTaggart handled art direction and layout for the album.
- L.S.U.'s Shaded Pain is released. Ed McTaggart handles the art direction and design.
June 15, 1987
- The Rap'sures OT Rap is released on Star Song Records. The songs are written and performed by Terry Taylor, Doug Doyle and Robert Watson.
Terry: Well, there wasn't any (rap) on the Christian labels. We do a kids thing, we see it as appealing to 7 and 9 year olds. No one was doing it. We just brainstormed a little bit, Rob (Watson) and Doug (Doyle) and I, we were just looking for something to do, something to work on, we did it and then didn't think that much about it, and it was successful. Don't ask me why. We thought, no one will take this seriously, we're just doing it for kids, a little Bible story kind of thing. Megamouth was kind of the same thing. We looked at it that way."
(Source: Brian Quincy Newcomb in "The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part Three")
(In Finland: Fan Anssi Helläkoski's "Daniel Amos Car")
- Terry Taylor is featured in CCM Magazine. "The Mad Genius of Terry Scott Taylor"
July 3, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Akron, Ohio.
July 4 1987
(Photo of Cornestone 87, courtesy of Michael R. Turkett)
(Photo of Cornerstone 87, courtesy of Walter R. Ratliff)
- Daniel Amos performs in Grayslake, Illinois at Cornerstone.
Set List: Revolution (Beatles), Endless Summer, Safety Net, Mall (All Over the World), Strong Points Weak Points, Dance Stop, The Pool, New Car!, Bad Boy (Larry Williams), Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Larry Williams), Instruction Through Film, Neverland Ballroom, Darn Floor - Big Bite, Dance Stop #2, Q&A Time, Memory Lane, I Didn't Build it For Me, Misty, I Didn't Build it For Me (Continued), Dance Stop #3, Pump It Up (Elvis Costello), Sanctuary, Encore: I Love You #19 (Audience Band), Travelog, Dance Stop #4
(DA Heading to the Main Stage at Cornestone 87, courtesy of Garland Owensby)
July 6, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs in Minneapolis, MN.
August 15, 1987
- The Altar Boys "Against the Grain" is released. Terry Taylor produced and Ed McTaggart handled the art direction and design for the album.
August 17, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs at the ZOE 87 Festival. Other performers include Steve Taylor, Bary McGuire and Crystal Lewis.
August 22, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs at the Flevo Festival in Amsterdam, Holland.
August 28-31, 1987
- Daniel Amos performs at the Greenbelt Festival in London, England. Other performers include The Alarm, Bruce Cockburn, Phil Keaggy and Steve Taylor.
- Daniel Amos is featured in Harvest Rock Syndicate . "da Takes That Big Bite"
- Tim Chandler begins recording with the Choir for what would become their Chase The Kangaroo album.
- Megamouth and the Rap Blasters Rap Battle in the Big City is released on Frontline Kids. Terry Taylor and Greg Flesch compose the music.
November 15, 1987
Darn Floor - Big Bite
- DA's Darn Floor - Big Bite is released.
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Terry: "Many people thing this is the best DA album. But then again, when people ask me what my favorite record is, I'll answer 'It's hard to say. They all had their charm at the time, but probably Darn Floor.' And they get an odd look on their faces. I realize they're one of the many who don't think that." (1996)
"When I look back on all my records I think I'm proudest of that record." (Source: "The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part Three"
"It was a liberating thing for us, but it didn't sell well at all. Here we had finally found a musical voice of our own, and like it or not, no one else could have done that record. The fact that it didn't connect was a real blow to us and our record company." (Source: "Da-The Band That Won't Go Away")
Terry (on the song, "Shape of Air"): "I was inspired with 'Shape of Air'. The phrase actually came from Annie Dillard. It was something she used somewhere, and I was intrigued by it. I thought, that's a great expression of a certain degree of the intangible -- which, again, is the mystery of God. I don't believe that was her intent whith the phrase, but for me it expressed what the whole record was about". (June 1990)
Tim, on the title song: "The song started with the bass part which sort of just popped into my head (actually my hands) and then I had only the very basic guitar part and chord structure, and then Terry, and Greg (with all the great guitar invention) made the song what it is. I think I've said this before: it all really starts and ends with Terry. He's the one who puts it all together and there would be no DA if there were no Terry. The other thing about that record is that, to me at least, sonically speaking, Greg practically owns the record with all the guitar stuff he did. It was the first DA record that Greg, and Terry and I sat around in a room and made stuff up (musically) together. The music (Terry always comes up with the vocal melody and writes the lyrics) was mostly created and captured initially on a cassette player in the living room of Greg's apartment in Pasadena, CA. It was the second record we recorded on Doug Doyle's recently purchased 24 track machine at 3-D studios (the other half of his orange county duplex.) We recorded Vox Humana on an 8 track at 3-D, then he bought the 24 track and we did Fearful Symmetry on it."
Terry, on the title song): "I wrote the lyrics and melody and did most of the arranging. We had made little basic track demos of the majority of the songs on Darn Floor before going into the studio, and we loved what we heard. What you hear on the record is pretty much what you hear on the demos, with the addition of vocals. In keeping with the demos we kept the production on the songs pretty sparse, and I think this created the record's uniqueness. There is a certain starkness to Darn Floor, but rather than it being something cold and off-putting, it's minimalism serves to allow the songs to breath and in turn I think this draws the listener in. I think Darn Floor, and I would add Mr. Buechner's Dream, are two of D.A.'s best records."
Ed McTaggart handles the art direction and design. A video was made of the band, by Dave Perry of Videocon, and then Ed and Dave took photographs off of the TV screen for the album cover. Some versions of the CD also included an outtake shot from this video printed on the disc itself. The cover shoot was edited and included on the Instruction Through Film DVD set to the music of "Strange Animals."
- Terry Taylor interviews himself in Calendar Magazine. "Terry Scott Taylor by Terry Taylor"
- Mark Eischer reviews Darn Floor-Big Bite for Syndicate Magazine.
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