Prone to nostalgia though I am, I cannot overstate Carman’s importance to me. When I came to faith as a teenager, at a time when the top five of the Official UK Top 40 looked like this:CCM or otherwise) and Addicted to Jesus. This latter album marked the beginning of the end for me in terms of actively seeking out Carman releases. Carman always was a showman, and his story-songs (e.g. ‘The Champion’, ‘A Witch’s Invitation’) were usually the highlights of his tapes, but even this aspect of his persona was beginning to embarrass me somewhat by the early 1990s, when certain CCM artists were showing stylistic and even genre-melding innovation. It’s hard to believe that ‘Satan Bites the Dust’ was released in the same year as, say, Mortal’s ‘Mytho-X’ and occupied the same CCM subculture.
Anyway, there are sure to be more incisive and better researched tributes to Carman out there—I’m just trawling through my memories and albums and wanted to mark my gratitude for Carman in some way. To conclude, I thought I’d list the Official Terry J. Wright Top 5 Carman Songs here. Be sure to follow the links and give the Lord a praise offering!
#2 The Champion
#1 Lord of All