Payable on Death (POD) definitely belongs in the top 10 on any list pertaining to Christian rock as they have done what no other Christian band had ever done before or has done since. Sure, bands like Jars of Clay went platinum and had some crossover success; however, POD not only went multi-platinum but they were one of the biggest bands if not the biggest band in the world at the peak of their success. Still today, POD puts out successful albums. Well, if they are as popular as I say then why aren’t they the number band on this list? Sadly, I saw them in concert and was sorely disappointed.
This list is supposed to be positive; so, let’s talk about why POD belongs in the top 10. POD is one of those bands that would fit in the category of the right band at the right time. Similar to Nirvana and grunge music, POD hit at just the right time where rap rock/nu-metal was coming into its own as a genre and the stigma of Christian rock was receding. According to Wikipedia, the song Rock the Party (Off the Hook) was the first song to hit number one on the MTV show, Total Request Live. Even from the early nineties, who could have ever predicted that a Christian band would be so popular and accepted in the mainstream? In addition, their most successful album, Satellite, was released on September 11, 2001, a time when a Christian band was sorely needed to bring us an air of positivity and hope.
The way I am talking could make you think that I am not giving POD enough credit. On the contrary, to be the right band at the right time, the band must be a talented and superb band. POD is both of these. The band writes some very catchy riffs and lyrics which is a key to their success. I can’t tell you how many of their songs I have gotten stuck in my head over the years.
Favorite song: Sleeping Awake