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1989 Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley declares today "Pops Staples Day" in honor of the native musician and leader of The Staple Singers.

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Skillet Sizzles With Awake Album

2009

Skillet's Awake album debuts at #2 on the US albums chart, tying with Underoath's Define The Great Line and Casting Crowns' The Altar and the Door for the highest-charting Christian rock album. The album also features their first Hot 100 entry: "Awake and Alive."


Awake, the band's seventh studio album, is packed with alt-metal tracks about dealing with the difficulties of life through a Christian perspective. Whether it's begging for a savior in the hook-heavy anthem "Hero" or trying to silence inner demons in the raging "Monster," the band points to Jesus as the answer – but not overtly, making the songs palatable for mainstream rock fans. The tactic risks alienating the band's Christian fans, some of whom accuse them of sacrificing their message for a shot at secular popularity. It's not the first - or the last - time the band faces criticism for not fitting the stereotypical Christian mold. Skillet frontman John Cooper told Songfacts in 2014: "We do get people all the time that say, 'Hey, you can't be a Christian and look the way you do. You can't be a Christian and have a tattoo or play rock music.' And things like that. But there's some good people. They're just a little uninformed, that's all." But Skillet has never shied away from expressing their faith. In fact, the album's title track, "Awake and Alive," is all about standing firm in your beliefs despite what others think. It's also the band's first single to crack the Hot 100, albeit the bottom slot at #100. Awake also peaks at #2 on the US albums chart and goes on to sell more than two million copies. The success is validation for John Cooper, Skillet's vocalist and bassist, who wanted Skillet to be a great rock band – not just a great Christian rock band. "I don't wanna be a cheesy version of something cool the world has," he explained. "Like, '[Skillet's] not really as cool as Creed or they're not as cool as Papa Roach or Linkin Park. But they're the Jesus version. They're like the Diet Coke of soda.' I don't wanna be Diet Coke … I wanna be Dr. Pepper!"

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