Arsenio Orteza

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Proving their mettle

Music | As Pat Boone gets into trouble, B.J.
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/15/97, 12:00 am

The silly uproar caused by Pat Boone's promotion of his In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy album should cause Christians to ask themselves a sobering question: Why should the world take seriously our outrage over matters like abortion and euthanasia when we, by crying wolf over nothing more than Mr. Boone's sudden fondness for dog collars and Led Zeppelin, prove ourselves incapable of distinguishing between the important and the trivial?

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Special K

Music | Caustic social critic turns away from H-A-T-R-E-D to 1 Corinthians 13--but still has a long way to go
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/22/97, 12:00 am

In 1978 a one-man, rock-and-roll wrecking crew named Tonio K. (nee Steve Krikorian) exploded upon a popular music scene rife with disco hedonism, rock-and-roll drug abuse, and singer-songwriter sensitivity. He called his debut album Life in the Foodchain--a title that listeners of the time heard as a parodic allusion to the Eagles' hit &quotLife in the Fast Lane&quot--and in each song declared himself an archenemy of the only people who can make Generation X look good: the &quotMe Generation."

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From the other side

Music | Gospel music from &quotsecular" artists who have come to faith
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/25/97, 12:00 am

Although the gospel albums that sold the most in 1996 came from Andy Griffith and Jars of Clay, the ones that held up best under repeated listenings belonged to a cast of characters who, for the most part, received little or no attention.

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