Lifesavors Underground | Shaded Pain

Michael Knott decides to go for a darker sound and changes the name of his band from Lifesavers to Lifesavers Underground (L.S.U.). This is THE classic Knott album. Michael has gone on to bigger and better things since this, but this is the place where he stepped out of the constraints of CCM music and began doing what he wanted to. Shaded Pain is dark, honest and realistic about the struggles that Christians face in life. This type of brutal reality was unheard of in Christian music at the time it came out. Shaded Pain changed all of that as it influenced countless bands to be real with thier lives – not just give cookie-cutter ansswers for all of life’s problems.The music was also a huge leap forward for Michael, as Shaded Pain found him going loud and intense, as well as modern and current. Classic album, although still fairly obscure.

“Lonely Boy” is a song about bass player Brian Doidge, and Knott even painted him in the re-issue artwork paintings.

Other information:
Re-released in 1993 on Metro One Records with a slightly different cover and extra artwork.

Lifesavors Underground - Shaded Pain (cover front) Lifesavors Underground - Shaded Pain (cover back) Lifesavors Underground - Shaded Pain (vinyl side 1) Lifesavors Underground - Shaded Pain (vinyl side 2)

Label: Frontline Records
Format: Vinyl, Cassette
Released: 1987
Genre: Gothic / Alternative Rock
Producer: Chris Brigandi
Re-Issue: CD, Cassette; 1993 Metro One Records
Michael Knott: Vocals and 3 keyboard parts; cover art and all paintings
Brian Doidge: Less Paul gold top, Ibanez 12 string acoustic, Yamaha 6 string acoustic, and a black bass
Kevin Lee: Drums and cymbals
Bridgett Knott: Vocals on “Jordan River” & “Lonely Boy”
01) Jordan River 3:55 Knott  
02) Bye Bye Colour 4:02 Knott  
03) Die Baby Die 2:25 Knott  
04) Lonely Boy 3:49 Knott, Doidge  
05) Our Time has Come 3:37 Knott  
06) Tether to Tassel 3:36 Knott  
07) I’m Torn 3:52 Knott  
08) Plague of Flies 1:27 Knott, Doidge, Lee  
09) More to Life 3:39 Knott, Doidge  
10) Shaded Pain 4:10 Knott Re-recorded as “A Shade of Pain” on PTSD

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Older comments on “Lifesavors Underground – Shaded Pain”

  1. Tommyb on September 24, 2009 at 06:38 am said:

    This album rocks!!

  2. TopekaRoy on October 15, 2010 at 01:57 pm said:

    This is my favorite Lifesavors/Lifesavers/LSU album. At the time it came out it was light years ahead of anything Christian bands were doing. This is a “must have” for any Michael Knott/Lifesavers fan.

  3. DonkeyBoy on May 12, 2015 at 09:14 am said:

    What a great record. “More to Life” is the perfect song, but there’s so many great tracks. So good.

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