Mad At The World - Flowers in the Rain (Vinyl)
- 80's Rock
- 1988 Frontiers Records
- For fans of: Modern Alternative rock, Deppeche mode, The Thompson Twins, Boy George
Released in 1988, Flowers in the Rain, is a Techno-rock album with the guitars are much more aggressive and the songs provide more variation to their debut. It was their first to chart and the second-highest charting album they produced. The songs dealt with issues like self-image ("Fearfully and Wonderfully"), putting trust in God instead of other people or Satan ("Holding the Puppet Strings"), and people's use of excuses to hold on to bad habits ("This Lie").
- "Fearfully And Wonderfully" – 3:51
- "Flowers In The Rain" – 4:16
- "Why" – 4:40
- "Puppet Strings" – 4:18
- "No Mistakes" – 3:20
- "Wait" – 3:34
- "I Don't Wanna Go There" – 3:11
- "Faith Is A Perfect Road" – 3:40
- "In My Dream" – 3:56
- "Lovelight In The Midnight" – 5:12
- "This Lie" – 3:32
- "Dancing On Your Grave" – 5:57
Mad at the World was a christian rock band active from 1987 to 1998 in Southern California. It originally consisted of brothers Roger and Randy Rose with Mike Pendleton, later joined by Brent Gordon. Pendleton and Gordon left the band in 1992 and were replaced by Mike Link and Ben Jacobs. The band produced seven studio albums, one compilation package and two double reissues of previous albums.
Roger Rose was a mail carrier in southern California when he formed the band in 1987. The job gave him a chance to work out songs in his head, writing ideas down when he got back to his Jeep. He also already owned a lot of synthesizers, drum machines and recording equipment. One day while on his route, he stuck a tape in a Frontline Records executive's mailbox.
In 1987 the band, consisting of Roger Rose, his brother Randy (who was only fifteen years old at the time) and their friend Mike Pendleton, released Mad at the World. The disc was unique in Christian music for featuring a synth-pop style of dance music heavily influenced by bands like Tears for Fears and especially Depeche Mode.This was at a time when the Christian music scene was dominated by Amy Grant and Stryper was breaking out. Roger's personal taste ran towards the sounds of Ultravox and Depeche Mode, a sound that no Christian band was playing at that time, prompting him to create the band and write the music. He attempted to "avoid church talk and cliche, (resulting) in some fresh, invigorating images." Although not the best-selling album by the band, it is fondly remembered by many fans.
Although Roger has stated that Mad at the World was the band's first and last disc not recorded entirely at Roger's home studio, the drum tracks for Through the Forest and The Ferris Wheel were both recorded at Randy's studio, Rose Studios.
One of the things that stood out for many people about the first two albums was Roger's faux British accent.
Because the synthpop sound of the first two albums was difficult to emulate live the band decided to change direction. Beginning with their third disc, Seasons of Love, and in order to have a sound more amiable for live performances, the band's musical style shifted to hard rock for the next three albums. Seasons of Love, released in 1990 and the first disc to feature Brent Gordon on guitar, was the band's highest charting album, reaching number 18 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian chart. The band's switch to hard rock was jarring for some people. It features some very aggressive and energetic songs, including "Promised Land" and "So Insane", both of which deal with drug abuse. The album in general had the band being compared to The Cult, Danzig and The Cure.