D.M.Z. is the fifth full-length album by American Christian rock band Resurrection Band, released in 1982. It was the band's final release for Light Records.
Although the album blasts off with one of Resurrection Band's most popular songs, "Military Man," this follow-up to Mommy Don't Love Daddy Anymore
proved to be a critical disappointment. D.M.Z.
is a split personality, featuring either blistering hard rock akin to Van Halen
, or New Wave
-influenced mid-tempo numbers that many Christian music critics felt dragged down the overall quality of the album. However, long-time Resurrection Band fans consider Stu Heiss' opening 90-second feedback-drenched guitar solo
to "White Noise" as one of the best moments in the band's history, and this song proved to be just as popular live.
Lyrically, the album breaks no new ground compared to prior releases, focusing more on individual stories of emotional disconnection and spiritual confusion, offering the Savior as the answer to both. For the first time, the band directly addresses the concerns of high-school age listeners in "Area 312" and "The Prisoner," a trend that would continue on future releases. Big social issues are essentially ignored this time out, with the major exception of war and its destructive effects, repeated several times in "Military Man," "Babylon" and "White Noise"--hence, the inspiration for the album title.
This album was re-released on CD in 2004 by Retroactive Records.
All songs written by Glenn Kaiser
unless otherwise noted
- "Military Man" (G. Kaiser, Jon Trott, Stu Heiss, Jim Denton) – 3:38
- "Reluctance" – 2:11
- "Babylon" (G. Kaiser, Trott) – 2:33
- "I Need Your Love" – 3:22
- "Area 312" (Trott, Wendi Kaiser, Heiss, Denton) – 3:54
- "No Alibi" – 4:39
- "White Noise" - (Trott, Roy Montroy) – 3:41
- "Lonely Hearts" – 3:00
- "The Prisoner" – 2:54
- "So in Love with You" (G. Kaiser, Trott) – 3:38
- Producer - Resurrection Band
- Engineer - Roger Heiss
- Mastering - Steve Hall at MCA Whitney
- Album cover concept and art - Dick Randall
- Photography - Pat Peterson, Denise Omernick and Linda Dillon
- Other art and layout - JPUSA Graphics
- This is Resurrection Band's last album to use their full band name until 1995's Lament.
- This was the first album recorded in the band's newly-constructed Tone Zone studios in inner-city Chicago, where the Jesus People USA community is located.