The Lifesavors - Us Kids
The first official release to feature Michael Knott. His pariticpation in this project seemed to be minimal at best. The Lifesavors were an early New Wave/Punk band - one of the first Christian bands to ever have this sound.

Review: "Long before many Christians had ever heard about punk and hardcore, Mark Krischak, Chris Wimber, Kevin Annis and Mike Knott had made a record that you could put with your Ramones records without any diffidence. Strong against the grain vocals connected with even stronger against the grain guitars in irresistable songs..." (Music and Art) "Us Kids is a classic CCM release from the days of (very early) alternative Christian music, the time of such acts as The Lifters, Weber and the Buzztones, Andy McCarrol and Moral Support and some no-names like the 77s, The Altar Boys, Undercover, and Youth Choir. Krischak provides the lead on vocals and guitar, while he penned most of the numbers. Chris Wimber, of the Vineyard Wimbers, is also a real presence here providing bass and other guitars. There is a heavy British punk influence here..." (source unknown)

Other information:
Re-released in 1990 on Key records. Re-released in 1999 on M8 Records with bonus tracks. The image on the bottom left is from the 1990 Key Records release.


album cover

album cover

 
The Lifesavors
Us Kids (1981 Swing Records)
Produced by: Thom Roy

Michael Knott - rhythm guitar, BGVs
Mark Krischak - lead guitar, lead vocals, BGVs
Chris Wimber - bass, acoustic guitars, rhythm guitars, BGVs
Kevin Annis - drums, percussion, BGVs

01) Where You Going Krischak  
02) Jetstream Wimber  
03) Life Wimber  
04) Oh Yeah Krischak  
05) New Krischak, Wimber  
06) Young Krischak  
07) Blue Krischak, Wimber  
08) Operation Krischak  
09) I Am Wimber, Krischak  
10) Us Kids Wimber, Krischak  
11) Take Me Over Krischak  
12) Genocide Wimber, Krischak, Annis, Herson  
13) Isaiah 36 Krischak  
14) Christianity Krischak Live version previously released on 3-14-81 Live
The 1999 M8 re-issue includes these bonus songs:
15) In My Room unknown  
16) I Have a Car unknown  
17) Lotsa Girls unknown  
18) A Lot Like You unknown  
19) My Life unknown  
20) Down Again unknown  
21) Go Around unknown  
22) Little Maids unknown  
23) Fighter unknown  

Comments about The Lifesavors - Us Kids
the first real christian punk rock album ever made ....

Comment posted by tommyb on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 06:37 AM
Question about this--Why is the song order different from the original LP?

Comment posted by CRW on Saturday, January 09, 2010 at 08:41 AM
I just checked my vinyl copy, and the song order is correct.

Comment posted by Knotthead Matt on Saturday, January 09, 2010 at 08:42 AM
LIFESAVERS music save me from doing some stupid thangs in the 80's

Comment posted by Lee Osborn on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 07:28 AM
Power Pop. X.

Comment posted by Thom Roy on Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Us Kids was one of the first christian music I ever listened to. Great stuff. I also started listening to Undercover shortly after

Comment posted by chris Pepper on Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Regarding the bonus tracks on this album. These songs were not songs from the band \"The Lifesavors\". They were songs from a band called The Jaded, which Mark Krishcak was also the singer and frontman. They were from the Fullerton/Orange area and played around from 1990 to 1992. The Jaded was not a Christian band. Why these songs were added to another bands album as bonus songs is a little strange. The band members for this recording was: Mark Krischak- vocals, Phil Hanson- drums (Phil went on to play in Gameface and Starpool), Brett Rasmussen- bass (Brett went on to form Ignite), Mike Field- guitar. Other members to play and/or record with The Jaded during that era were Mark Hine- drums (The Dead Armadillos from Oklahoma), Doug Osterkamp (Spinning Fish) and briefly Ron Welty (Offspring). None of The Jaded recordings were ever officially released.

Comment posted by The Jaded on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Mike Knott stopped me on my bike as I rode by his house in 79' (I lived around the corner). He played some songs for me. Sev months later I saw The Lifesavors live at cccm. Years later we all enjoyed Idol Lavel (spelling?) at The Golden Bear in Huntington Beach and once in Hollywood I think. Got in a band myself - Mike borrowed our Yamaha Speakers and Microphones for a show at the Costa Mesa Community Center and they were returned with Idol L white clown make-up smeared over everything. I was so pissed. But looking back, that was the the good stuff - the precious memories of friendship. White clown make-up! Really?! Yes, i'd smear it everywhere right now if I could only find Mike Knott. Thanks for the fun music that made life AAmazing !!

Comment posted by Greg on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 09:14 AM
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