Friday, April 09, 2004

Ted Leo Day.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Come Baby Come - So, last night I'm talking to my friend Ryan, and it comes out that he has never heard OF, much less heard, the magnificent Ted Leo. Now Ryan is fairly up on music and knows his shit. In other words, this is not likely to be some random individuals failure. And so, in an attempt to convert him, and all the rest of you with your heads, ostrich like in the sand, denying the brilliance of the Pharmacists, I bring you, Ted Leo Day.

Ted Leo / Pharmacists - Timorous Me - This is the Pharmacists breakout song. With an old school rockabilly bassline, that distinctive Leo falsetto, lyrics full of poetry and Big Words, and that jangly chisel riff. A Pop masterpiece.

Ted Leo & RX, The Ballad of the Sin Eater - The single that wasn't this is off of 2003's Hearts of Oak - a driving, bass driven number about an American abroad, when I saw Ted @ The Village Underground last feb, he launched into this song with such fervor, he was bleeding from the head by the end. (It's one of the few numbers he trades his guitar in for a tambourine on. He was bashing himself in the head with it, screaming his head off, and generally going nuts in a most awesome way.)

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The High Party This though, is Leo's masterpiece. Also off of Heartd of Oak, this is a the song all rock songs should aspire to be. Those high scaling riffs, the keyboards, and always Teds singing. Oh yes his singing and his lyrics. This is Indie Rock. Hear it Roar. The genre is NOT dead.


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