Category: Ted Leo

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.

Ted Leo – tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists

ARTIST: Ted Leo 220px-Ted_Leo_and_the_Pharmacists_-_tej_leo,_Rx-pharmacists_cover

TITLE:  tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists

YEAR RELEASED: 1999

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Nada

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW:  Zip

LINEUP: Ted Leo did almost everything, really pert near everything.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Former Chisel member releases confounding solo album which is more of an experiment in found sound and samples than actual music.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If you were expecting earnest, lyrical and passionate guitar rock on this album, well, think again. This first effort from Leo is more noise than songs, more sound than music.

There are a few great snippets of tracks here and there, but they’re obscured by noise, feedback and weirdness in the tracks themselves, and some tracks are just that.

It’s kind of incomprehensible. I’m exiling this. Sorry Ted.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: One track had him singing in the shower. It sounds like any one of us singing in the shower

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: D+: Sorry, not happening. There are a few minutes of good stuff, but the rest is balderdash. Sorry, Ted.