Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet (lead vocals, guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Perry Richardson (bass guitar), and Robert Sweet (drums). Formed in 1983 as Roxx Regime, the band soon changed their musical message to reflect their Christian beliefs, and the band's name was also changed to Stryper. The name derives from the King James Version of the Bible.They went on to become the first overtly Christian heavy metal band to gain acceptance in American mainstream rock.
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In 1985, Peel heard their debut album and found their cover of the Battle Hymn Of The Republic (Glory, Glory Hallelujah) amusing in terms of them singing the song. So amused by this, that he played the song in full on his 02 December 1985 show. He mentioned the subject of the band in an Observer article published on 13th April 1986, where he described their version as setting a smile and playing about the face of the sourest critic. . As far as available playlists on the Peel wiki site, there are no signs that he played any of their other material, which would be described as glam metal, a genre that Peel tended to avoid, but Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show would play.
- 02 December 1985: Battle Hymn Of The Republic (Glory, Glory Hallelujah) (LP - Soldiers Under Command) Enigma (JP: 'Ain't that wonderful? Not a dry ice in the house')