Amy Grant, "Heart in Motion" - C/D?

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Ahh...the benign face of Christianism. Amy is the Laura Bush of Song: perky, mild, smarter than her husband, unbearable if you hang out with them too long.

Anyway, five singles, four of which hit the Top 10, all of them models of workmanlike mainstream pop. "I Will Remember You" has an unexpected emotional tug; in "Every Heartbeat"Amy tells us she's simple but she's no fool. In "Good For Me" we find out she's a closet nympho: her guy likes to drive "like Mario Andretti." But if he ever tries to leave, she'll make sure to love him with the sweetest of devotion.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

BABY BABY

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:51 (sixteen years ago) link

actually the christian community really made a stink about her going secular. plus, didn't she at some point get a, gasp, divorce? not too cool in the eyes of the lord.

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I never liked it that much, but mostly due to Lead Me On being such a high peak to fall from.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:52 (sixteen years ago) link

"actually the christian community really made a stink about her going secular. plus, didn't she at some point get a, gasp, divorce? not too cool in the eyes of the lord. "

Chances are that her husband wasn't the race car driver.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:54 (sixteen years ago) link

If I remember right, she dumped Steven Curtis Chapman for Vince Gill. I would too. Vince's eyes are *dreamy!*

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I know it is uberuncool to say so, but her music is not without a certain catchiness.

There's a pretty cool synth bass part in the song "Everywhere I go."

The Mad Puffin (The Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:02 (sixteen years ago) link

If her music works, it's because The Lord Speaks Through Her.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:04 (sixteen years ago) link

OMG OMG OMG OMG, I have been waiting for a thread to fly the Baby Baby flag!

Fucking. Perfect. Song.

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:06 (sixteen years ago) link

"Baby Baby," yeah.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:11 (sixteen years ago) link

"Baby Baby" is really wretched and useless. My only positive memory of it is being at a girl's house where she put the "Baby Baby" video on and most of the people there breathlessly gathered around the television to watch and sing along, so John Justen and I ran to the tape deck across the room, put in "The Days Of Swine And Roses" by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, cranked up the volume and began stomping around the basement shouting "CHRISTIAN ZOMBIE VAMPIRES!!!!!" at the tops of our lungs.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:19 (sixteen years ago) link

The Christian theodicy accepts good and evil, Dan.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:21 (sixteen years ago) link

I now have removed you from the top of my fave ILM'ers list Dan.

Sorry.

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:21 (sixteen years ago) link

I really do feel like she came at the end of an era, in terms of the production and instrumentation of her songs being completely free of both hip-hop AND rock influences. It's really hard for me to imagine someone like Amy Grant being as wildly popular now as she was back then with that model.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:25 (sixteen years ago) link

That God-damned keyboard solo in the bridge?!

Allow me to quote Pat O'brien...so. fucking. hot.

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I can't imagine her song remixed and with an appended Ol Dirty Bastard vocal.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Amy Grant could probably kick MLWTTKC's asses.

I really do feel like she came at the end of an era, in terms of the production and instrumentation of her songs being completely free of both hip-hop AND rock influences. It's really hard for me to imagine someone like Amy Grant being as wildly popular now as she was back then with that model.

She'd probably be Dido today, no?

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:30 (sixteen years ago) link

err, MLWTTKK

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Um, didn't Dido do a song over an Eminem backing track? Surely that counts as a "hip hop influence"?

n/a (Nick A.), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Other way around. Eminem sampled Dido for "Stan."

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:35 (sixteen years ago) link

The closest thing to Amy Grant's mainstream material today would be Disney Radio. And even in 1991, she was about 15 years older than anyone on Disney Radio.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:35 (sixteen years ago) link

(xp) But doesn't Dido have vaguely trip-hoppish elements to her songs?

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:36 (sixteen years ago) link

if by "vaguely trip-hoppish" you mean slow and including bass guitar, than sorta.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Not what I meant, but then I don't actually know the Dido catalog all that well. I'm basically remembering reviews I've read.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 22,500 for dido trip-hop.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:55 (sixteen years ago) link

(Not that that's a fair measuring stick, by any means, but still.)

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 137,000 for dido heavy metal
Results 1 - 10 of about 95,000 for dido drum n bass
Results 1 - 10 of about 54,600 for dido ska-punk

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 8,290 for dido experimental horse music

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:02 (sixteen years ago) link

"Sculpted by producers Rollo (her brother) and techno-scientist Youth, No Angel is dream-pop mixed with Portishead-esque trip-hop; the results are mid-tempo ballads that would feel at home in Seal's neighbourhood."

"Mixed with trip-hop beats, sweeping orchestral backdrops and acoustic guitar, the British vocalist clings to melancholy through 11 tracks that struggle to break from the sound she cultivated on “No Angel,” which sold millions of copies."

"Like Orton, Dido injects a touch of highly accessible trip-hop into her sound, as on the moody, clever "See You When You're 40," with its loping, funky groove, or "Who Makes You Feel," with its evocative, atmospheric samples."

"Already garnering lots of rave reviews and comparisons to Sinead O'Connor, Sarah McLachlan, The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan and Lisa Stansfield, Dido's trip-hop-laden pop is likely to make waves in the U.S."

"The quasi trip-hop beat on "See You When You're 40" adds to this song's luster."

"The New York Times feature review that same day observed that the album’s songs “revolve around love that won’t let go… Dido’s voice sounds mournful, steeped in the melancholy where trip-hop meets British folk songs.”"

FROM DIDO HERSELF:

If I were to force you to boil down your own style to one phrase, what would that be?

You can't force me to do that, because I haven't been able to do it for two years. I came up with a really good one the other day ... I can't remember what it was. I finally thought, "Well, maybe that's what it is." D'you know what I mean? Wait... Oh! In fact, it was using that trip-hop thing. It's trip-hop with good songs.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

ILM is DYING

Felix Leiter (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:04 (sixteen years ago) link

It's no All Fall Down by the 77s.

PeopleFunnyBoy (PeopleFunnyBoy), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah fair enough. I wasn't really arguing that strongly anyways--the only songs of hers I've heard are "White Flag" and "Thank You," so I'm hardly one to talk. I just thought those search results were funny.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:06 (sixteen years ago) link

So, no one's suggested which Amy Grant song Eminem should sample. My vote's for the synth-bass part in "Every Heartbeat."

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:57 (sixteen years ago) link

i can't remember any of her other songs, but this one is cccccclassic

sleep (sleep), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 20:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Which one? Heart in Motion is the name of the album. It's also a lyric from "Baby Baby" ("ever since the day you put my heart in motion...").

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 20:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Oddly classic, I have to admit.

I associate this song with the Divinyls "I Touch Myself". They were both hits when I started my first sock monkey record store clerk job.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 21:16 (sixteen years ago) link

My red blood runs true blue, and every hearbeat belongs to you...

PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 21:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Everytime my eyes skim past this thread title, I think that it's another Husker Du thread.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 22:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Dud. Goes without saying, yet it's being said. Again. Dud.

maria b (maria b), Thursday, 14 July 2005 01:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic of course! Way better than "All Fall Down" by the 77s, which has one great song in "Ba Ba Ba Ba", but "Heart"'s got, like, 10. Not least of which is "How Can We See That Far," which nobody ever mentions but is one of the scariest, most clear-eyed commitment songs ever, and whose scary clear-eyedness would soon be borne out in Amy's real romantic entanglements. But yeah, the whole thing's great, except maybe "I Will Remember You" and the Jesus song at the end.

dr. phil (josh langhoff), Thursday, 14 July 2005 02:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Of course this is totally crass of me, but I'll pump my review, which is, granted, not uncontested, particularly by the Freakonomics guys.

dr. phil (josh langhoff), Thursday, 14 July 2005 02:34 (sixteen years ago) link

My only positive memory of it is being at a girl's house where she put the "Baby Baby" video on and most of the people there breathlessly gathered around the television to watch and sing along, so John Justen and I ran to the tape deck across the room, put in "The Days Of Swine And Roses" by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, cranked up the volume and began stomping around the basement shouting "CHRISTIAN ZOMBIE VAMPIRES!!!!!" at the tops of our lungs.

hah! I clicked on this thread remembering my Baptist childhood friends used to play Amy Grant records all the time, and thinking about how, despite this, I was soon listening to MINISTRY..

daria g (daria g), Thursday, 14 July 2005 02:50 (sixteen years ago) link

STOP Forrrrr aminute

Jimmy Mod Is Sick of Being The Best At Everything (ModJ), Thursday, 14 July 2005 02:59 (sixteen years ago) link

...my Baptist childhood friends used to play Amy Grant records all the time, and thinking about how, despite this, I was soon listening to MINISTRY..

This isn't as odd as a lot of people make it out to be. I had several Amy Grant albums in my collection at the same time I had Ministry, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Slick Rick, 2 Live Crew, etc. Teenagerdom is all about being scatterbrained.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 14 July 2005 02:59 (sixteen years ago) link

I'll bet her twat smells like Banana Bread.

maria b (maria b), Thursday, 14 July 2005 04:11 (sixteen years ago) link

haha what the fuck??

g e o f f (gcannon), Thursday, 14 July 2005 04:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Wow. Banana bread?

Big Loud Mountain Ape (Big Loud Mountain Ape), Thursday, 14 July 2005 15:13 (sixteen years ago) link

"Dud. Goes without saying, yet it's being said. Again. Dud"

You, ma'am, are an apostate.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 14 July 2005 15:25 (sixteen years ago) link

You have ruined banana bread forever.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 14 July 2005 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

I'll take Amy Grant over Samantha Fox any day. I can picture me and her walking hand in hand on the beach after Community Bible study......

Every Heartbeat Belongs To You has spent many, many hours stuck in my head. The Baby Baby contingent has always been more vocal, but us Every Heartbeat fans know the truth.

Amy, my red blood runs true blue for you.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Thursday, 14 July 2005 15:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Which one? Heart in Motion is the name of the album. It's also a lyric from "Baby Baby" ("ever since the day you put my heart in motion...").

Oh! I assumed "Heart in Motion" was the name of the song with that lyric. So yeah, "Baby Baby"! I'd probably remember other stuff from that album if I heard it, but I can recall "Baby Baby" in striking detail. And I haven't heard it in like 10 years.

sleep (sleep), Thursday, 14 July 2005 16:03 (sixteen years ago) link

"Baby, Baby" is the only single from the album that still gets radio play, unfortunately. We "Every Heartbeat" fans have been crying about it for years.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 14 July 2005 16:27 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
Ah, "I Will Remember You....."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Friday, 19 May 2006 00:21 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Results 1 - 10 of about 8,290 for dido experimental horse music

J0hn D., Wednesday, 19 September 2007 16:41 (fourteen years ago) link

haha banana bread ha

gff, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 17:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 24,800 for amy-grant banana-bread

dad a, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 17:03 (fourteen years ago) link

I WOULD LIKE JOHN D TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GREATNESS OF "EVERY HEARTBEAT"

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 17:05 (fourteen years ago) link

dude you're preaching to the choir here, "every hearbeat" is the shit and rules over "baby, baby" on every planet in the known universe

J0hn D., Wednesday, 19 September 2007 17:16 (fourteen years ago) link

i know i loved "every heartbeat" when i was a kid and now i CAN'T REMEMBER HOW IT GOES ;_;

impudent harlot, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 18:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm simple but I'm no fool.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 18:55 (fourteen years ago) link

What the hell is with that huge blue shirt she wears in that video? Was that a thing in the early 90's? Looks like she borrowed it off David Byrne.

Vinnie, Thursday, 20 September 2007 15:12 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

the heart in motion videos are strange affairs; i think each involves at least one scene of amy in front of a billowing backdrop

anyway i came here to post about how depressed i am that, on youtube, both "that's what love is for" (a great video that is like the best leftover ideas for an annie lennox video) and "i will remember you" (not much of a video but the song makes me cry until i am hyperaware of the bones in my face) are dogged in the comments by a lone anti-amy grant crusader, who has flagged every opposing comment as spam and has somehow accumulated up to 27 thumbs ups, so this person's hateful dogma is the only visible conversation beneath an amy grant video.

i mean, youtube comments occupy the bottom already, but i get sad and angry at this sort of restless, callous condemnation.

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 August 2011 05:59 (ten years ago) link

that should really read "27 thumbs up" but it's late and the internet has ruined me with the word "likes"

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 August 2011 06:00 (ten years ago) link

this album changed my life

billstevejim, Thursday, 18 August 2011 06:03 (ten years ago) link

i decided that i really hate the song "hats" but otherwise this record is perfect

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 August 2011 06:06 (ten years ago) link

Brad Nelson likes this.

buzza, Thursday, 18 August 2011 06:13 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

i like "hats" now. i'm no fool

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 03:05 (seven years ago) link

Just popping in to apologize for killing the other thread with my cut rate pop historian schtick

what goes in vegans stays in vegans (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 05:41 (seven years ago) link

I'll bet her twat smells like Banana Bread.

― maria b (maria b)

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 11:12 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

My red blood runs true blue
But my twa...

Freedom, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 13:39 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euMfgdv_TWw

surprisingly i kinda love this

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 29 April 2016 19:08 (five years ago) link

too much tori not enough amy of course

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 29 April 2016 19:09 (five years ago) link

in the middle of talking about this on facebook i discovered this arsenio hall performance/interview and wow amy is such a class act. she wasn't going to put "ask me" on the record bc she didn't want to "exploit her friend's experience" but then that friend requested that it be on the record. ;_;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEdFSvV3UJA

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 29 April 2016 19:37 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Brad

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 2 June 2018 19:56 (three years ago) link

"Galileo" should've been a single

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 2 June 2018 19:57 (three years ago) link

yep

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Saturday, 2 June 2018 21:13 (three years ago) link

that Arsenio appearance is so wild. 10 people to make one song.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 2 June 2018 23:38 (three years ago) link

also her coat, generally speaking I don't dwell much on people's clothes but that coat. also Arsenio asking A.G. about the Winans & criticism for doing secular music is a better interview question than I could reasonably expect to hear any interviewer pose to a musician in 2018

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 2 June 2018 23:42 (three years ago) link

that coat!

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 June 2018 00:04 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

hunky man in the "That's What Love is For" video

also that synth introduction!

I forgot how much I liked this song.

ONTO THE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Sunday, 6 December 2020 03:13 (eleven months ago) link

"that's what love is for" was invented to make me break down crying while trying to buy toothpaste at cvs

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 December 2020 18:01 (eleven months ago) link

I was a competitive athlete in my youth and the male model who starred in her early pop-crossover videos and I were teammates for our regional team that competed at the national level. He came out after high school but I felt it was kinda radical that they cast him in multiple of Amy's (a Christian Contemporary Icon!) videos as her love interest... I think they even tried to suggest that they were off-screen partners as well.

I haven't thought about this dude in many decades but I looked him up and he is still hunky! Lives in Miami now and still modeling.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 6 December 2020 18:11 (eleven months ago) link

That's a story and a half right there.

On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), Sunday, 6 December 2020 21:47 (eleven months ago) link

Indeed

Robert Gotopieces (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 6 December 2020 21:49 (eleven months ago) link

I haven't thought about this dude in many decades but I looked him up and he is still hunky! Lives in Miami now and still modeling.

― Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli)

He says hi!

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 December 2020 21:50 (eleven months ago) link

omg thank you for sharing that albert

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 December 2020 22:03 (eleven months ago) link

Grant's statistical domination on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Christian_Albums is pretty extraordinary.

aphoristical, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 19:36 (eleven months ago) link

eleven months pass...

There are two versions of this video. One version has additional shots of Amy. One where she is in a giant, tall green dress. Another shot shows a black & white close up of Amy in a very retro-mod hair style.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 November 2021 17:27 (one week ago) link


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