Jars of Clay were the break-out band of the so-called alternative CCM movement of the '90s, scoring a mainstream hit with "Flood." The group's lyrics may have been exclusively Christian, but their music fit perfectly into the folky jangle pop wing of alternative rock radio, at the time a rarity on the contemporary Christian music scene. Not only did their success set the stage for breakthroughs by Christian bands like dc Talk and Sixpence None the Richer, but it's also difficult to imagine the later popularity of Christian-themed hard rockers like Creed and P.O.D. without Jars of Clay having established the viability of fusing spiritual themes with mainstream alternative rock sounds. ~ Steve Huey
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