For My Sunday Song #171, we are now going to spend the next 10 weeks talking about songs from another favorite band of mine, Collective Soul. And why not kick it off with the song that jump started the band to stardom…”Shine”. The song was the debut single of the band and their debut album ‘Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid’. The song came out in 1993 and was such a big hit for them as it went #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as winning a Billboard Award for Top Rock Track in 1994.
The song also caused problems for the band that were unexpected. First was the fact the song mentioned the word Heaven in the song and the chorus does come across as very church-like and almost sounding like a prayer. This caused people to think the band was a so called “Christian” band and let me tell you they are not. They are a genuine article rock band who happened to sing a song with heaven in the title. As Ed Roland likes to point out, Led Zeppelin had “heaven” in one of their songs and no one called them a Christian band. It did pigeoned-holed the band a little to be lumped in to Christian music.
The second problem was due to the song sounding like a Grunge song with its distorted guitar sounds and dark feel of the song. This was slab dab in the middle of that era and I can see why people thought they were a Grunge band as I even labeled them as that when I heard it. But when you really listen to the band, it is not all dark, sad, depressing music like Grunge (you know its true – Grunge is pretty damn depressing, not fun at all music). It is a solid rock album.