Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Treble in Trouble

ARTIST: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists 220px-Ted_Leo_and_the_Pharmacists_-_Treble_in_Trouble_cover

TITLE:  Treble in Trouble

YEAR RELEASED: 2000

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: This was a five-song EP

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None

LINEUP: Ted Leo, James Canty, Jodi VB, Amy Farina

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Five song EP is the beginning of the full-band releases for Ted Leo.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s a short five song EP, with two songs left over from Ted Leo’s band The Sin Eaters, and one cover song. But what these five songs established him and the Pharmacists as a dependable punk / indie entity.

The opening cut has an experimental tinge to it (“Abner Louima v. Gov. Pete Wilson”) but it’s a lot better than the experiments on his first solo album. This is a good palate setter for the rest of his output.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was recorded by Brendan Canty of Fugazi, who is James Canty’s brother.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B: It’s good, if not brief, starter for Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.

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