Poor Old Lu
was a pioneering alternative Christian band based in the American Northwest
. The band experimented with a variety of sounds and genres, particularly grunge
and psychedelic rock
. The band consisted of Scott Hunter with the vocals, Jesse Sprinkle
as the drummer for the band, Aaron Sprinkle
as guitarist, and Nick Barber on bass. Scott was the lyricist
who wrote on philosophical
, and spiritually-oriented topics. Common themes in the lyrics include introspective struggles with identity and spirituality
, struggles with a superficial
, secular, and modern society, and hope for life abundant. The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music
calls the band "One of the most accomplished and creative Christian bands of the '90s".
The name refers to a segment in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
, in which Lucy ('Lu'), returns from Narnia and tells her brother, Peter. Peter doesn't believe her story, however, and responded patronizingly, "Poor old Lu, hiding and nobody noticed."
While Poor Old Lu developed an extremely loyal following, it did not achieve wide popularity in Christian
circles, due in part to its edgy sound and challenging lyrical content. The band addressed hypocritical televangelists
, drug addiction
, sexual guilt, domestic unrest and spiritual rebelliousness in its lyrics, topics generally considered taboo in Christian......