Bash ‘N The Code – Big Mouth – 1987

This is the second album from Bash ‘N The Code but the last with Greg and Rebecca Sparks. I have not listened to the next album so I shouldn’t really comment as to whether this was a good or bad thing but to be honest I really like Rebecca Sparks vocals on this album so for me the next album will likely be a let down. Again the album is an attempt (successfully) to recreate an 80’s pop radio sound. Strangely I actually agree with the the CCM charts on the best song on the album, “He Says” which made it to #19. Rebecca channels her inner Cindy Lauper and does a great job on this track. The best song musically in my opinion is “The B-i-b-l-e” but unfortunately the lyrics are just too cheesy for me, pity because I really like the feel of the song. The CD release of the album had a bonus track, and Extended remix version of “You Are The One” which is moderately OK but nothing to write home about. To sum up a pretty good pop album but they really should have worked to be a little more creative.

1 – The B-i-b-l-e – 3:53
2 – You Are The One – 3:42
3 – Righteous Dance – 4:20
4 – Use This Child – 4:21
5 – Big Mouth – 3:57
6 – Soon And Very Soon – 3:48
7 – He Says – 3:46
8 – Fall Down – 3:50
9 – We Magnify You Lord (I Will Call Upon The Lord) – 3:34
10 – You Are The One (Extended Mix) – 6:23

Art Direction – Joan Tankersley
Band [Bash-n-the Code Is], Bass, Vocals, Other [Hoover Upright With Variable Height Adjust] – Kirk Eberhard
Band [Bash-n-the Code Is], Drums, Other [Concussions (Boink!)] – Chris Kearney
Band [Bash-n-the Code Is], Guitar [Guitars], Lead Vocals, Guitar [Bat-Strat (Gadzooks, Batman!)] – Mark Townsend
Band [Bash-n-the Code Is], Keyboards [Keys], Vocals, Other [Whitman Sampler] – Gary Williams
Band [Bash-n-the Code Is], Lead Vocals, Other [Cruise Control] – Jamie Kearney
Band [Bash-n-the Code Is], Vocals, Xylophone [Lead Xylophone] – Keith Lancaster
Design, Illustration – Phillip Spencer
Engineer [Engineered By], Mixed By – David Schober
Executive-Producer – Brian Tankersley
Guest [Guest Performance By] – Randy Stonehill (tracks: 6)
Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
Musician, Backing Vocals – David Schober, Greg Sparks, Mark Townsend, Mark Maxwell, Marty (Go Greyhound) MacKeever, Rebecca Ed Sparks, Rick Altizer, Trent Dean Musician, Drum Machine [Drum Machine Programming] – David Schober, Eric Persing, Greg Sparks, Rick Altizer Musician, Guitar [Guitars] – Mark Townsend
Musician, Keyboards – Eric Persing, Greg Sparks, Rick Altizer, Tim Hosman
Musician, Lead Vocals – Greg Sparks, Rebecca Ed Sparks
Musician, Programmed By [Keyboard Programming], Sequenced By [Sequencing] – Eric Persing
Photography By [Sleeve Photography] – Cleo Sullivan
Producer [Produced By] – David Schober, Rick Altizer

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Wayne Cook Studios
Mixed At – Mama Jo’s
Mastered At – Masterdisk
Published By – Altizer Music
Published By – Word Music
Published By – Lexicon Music, Inc.
Published By – Crouch Music
Published By – Sound III Music
Made By – Discovery Systems

Bash -N- The Code – Bash -N- The Code – 1986

Bash -N- The Code was put together by Keith Lancaster along with husband and wife team Greg & Rebecca Sparks. Keith had been in “Found Free”, a 70’s Jesus music band, with Rebecca. Other than that I don’t really know that much abut this band. Though I had not heard of them i have been told they were quite popular. As for the album it is the epitome of mid 80’s pop. In fact this could be used as the definitive example of mid 80’s Christian pop if anyone asks you. I think the standout track on the album is their version of “We Exalt You”. It’s a fun and easy album to listen to but you may grow tired of it pretty quickly.

1 – Power Praise – 3:26
2 – We Exalt You – 3:00
3 – Whatever I Do – 4:07
4 – Testify – 4:23
5 – Go Ahead – 3:49
6 – Diamond – 3:43
7 – Promises – 4:08
8 – I Will Win This Fight – 4:19
9 – Fanatic – 3:50
10 – Land Of The Living – 4:42

Drums, Percussion – Chris Kearney
Executive-Producer – Brian Tankersley
Guitar, Vocals – Mark Townsend
Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals – Scott Carmichael
Keyboards, Vocals – Trent Dean
Lead Vocals – Rebecca Ed Sparks
Lead Vocals, Bass – Greg Sparks
Producer – John Andrew Schreiner
Sounds – Dave Wagner
Vocals – Keith Lancaster

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Published By – Word Music (2)