A solo slot at Cam Floria's Annual Christian Artists Conference in Estes Park, Colorado, during the summer of 1982 resulted in a recording contract with the independent Sparrow label, who issued Taylor's first four releases: the 1983 six-track EP I Want to Be a Clone; a pair of full-length studio efforts, 1984's Meltdown and 1985's On the Fritz; in addition to an in-concert set, Limelight. Taylor then issued perhaps the most controversial album of his career, 1987's I Predict 1990, which included such song titles as "I Blew Up the Clinic Real Good" and "Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel a Lot Better," and due to its hostile reception, led to Taylor taking a sabbatical from Christian music. But Taylor didn't retire from music entirely, as he formed the heavily Clash-influenced group, Chagall Guevara (which also included guitarists Dave Perkins and Lynn Nichols, bassist Wade Jaynes, and drummer Mike Mead) in 1990. But the group only lasted for a single self-titled debut, before splitting up in 1992.
Instead of returning back to solo work immediately, Taylor turned his attention to producing other artists, including several releases for the Australian-based gospel outfit, the Newsboys. Soon after, Taylor decided to restart his solo career, issuing his first solo release in five years, Squint, in 1993, while a Taylor tribute album, I Predict a Clone, appeared around the same time. The mid-'90s saw the release of a double-disc 34-track career retrospective, Now the Truth Can Be Told, as well as an all-new live album, Liver. Taylor continued to produce other acts (Guardian, Sixpence None the Richer, etc.), and has started up his own record label, Squint Entertainment (via Word Records). ~ Greg Prato & Brian Mansfield, Rovi