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Tyranny of Distance

Ted Leo & The PharmacistsAudio CD
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Anyone who was lucky enough to see Ted Leo and the Pharmacists live over the last year or so got an advance preview of some of the songs that make up THE BRUTALIST BRICKS. I was at a more than a few of those shows, and let me just say that as someone who has witnessed some of the most important rock shows in the last twenty-plus years* I could not believe what my eyes were seeing and my ears ... Read more in Amazon's Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lookout Records
  • ASIN: B00005KAON
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Biomusicology
2. Parallel or Together
3. Under the Hedge
4. Dial Up
5. Timorous Me
6. Stove by a Whale
7. The Great Communicator
8. Squeaky Fingers
9. My Vein Ilin
10. The Gold Finch and the Red Oak Tree
11. St. John the Divine
12. You Could Die (Or This Might End)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic. May 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There are some things in the world of punk rock that you can always expect:
Epitaph will always mass produce skatepunk.
Fat Wreck will always mass produce SoCal punk.
Lookout! will always mass produce pop-punk.
Funny thing is, lately most labels aren't going by their previous moniker. Epitaph's aquirement of artists as diverse as Tricky and Tom Waits [and the rumored signing of The Promise Ring] is dispelling rumors that they're only a skatepunk label. In turn, Fat has signed bands like Sick Of It All and Rise Against, who don't really fit into the NOFX/Lagwagon style. So what does Lookout! do in response? Gives us new releases from bands like Bis and the Alkaline Trio [whle the latter could fit in the label's prior experience, the former most certainly was new ground]. And to keep up the momentum of change, Lookout! puts out, hands down, the best pop album of the year.
Ted Leo is amazing. I should stop there, but for the sake of humoring those of you who haven't picked up the album yet, I'll go on. Ted's whole family is involved in indie music it seems; his brother Danny fronts The Holy Childhood and brother Chris has put in time in the Van Pelt and The Lapse. Ted used to be in a band called Chisel. Some of you may have heard of them; they were a very popular mod-punk hybrid that was around for the majority of the nineties. They disbanded sometime around 1997, and that's when Ted's solo career began.
To be honest with you, the first time I saw and heard Ted Leo I hated him. It was in Bloomington, IL on my 18th birthday when he opened for the Alkaline Trio. At the time I was on crutches with a broken ankle, and hearing this weird guy play just an electric guitar and have a drum machine play generic beats behind him was not on my "things to hear" list.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This record is incredible. April 19, 2004
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Early summer, 2001. Some friends and I are stuffed into a crowded living room eagerly anticipating the performance by tonight's headliners, Q And Not U. None of us have heard of this 'Ted Leo guy' that is opening up the show, but I figure I should check him out. The members of his band set up and once everything sounds good (enough for playing in a living room), they set down their instruments and walk off into the crowd. The one guy left standing with his guitar steps up to the mic, introducing himself as Ted Leo. He briefly mentions the history of the cover song he's about to play, then jumps right into a solo rendition of Dirty Old Town. "This guy ain't half bad, he's got history, which is what most punk rockers don't have today", I thought to myself. Ted approaches the mic before beginning his next song and suggests that the people in the room move closer. I ablige and wind up within smelling distance from Ted. "That's my man" he says, pointing at me. What happened next is a little blurry. I'm sure that I remember hearing the opening chords of Timorous Me and I'm sure I remember my jaw hitting the rotting wood floor. Halfway through the song, the other members of his band come back up and flesh out the song for its final reprise. I remember little of their set from that point on, other than the simple fact that my mind had just been blown. I had been privy to some of the greatest songs I had ever heard, songs that would comprise The Tyrrany of Distance record to be released later in the year. The songs were immediate, catchy, intelligent and were aware of themselves. Ted knows his influences. They are Bad Brains, Thin Lizzy and Billy Bragg. The show went on to be a ton of fun with Q And Not U playing two sets. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ted polishes his sound some more September 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I may have a bias because I've been listening to Ted since his pre-Chisel days in the 1980s, but knowing where he came from makes where he's at in 2001 even more enjoyable. Since Ted's first solo record a few years back, he has cleaned up his rough edges but does not lose any of the punk edginess found on this record. His breadth of knowledge of popular music gives him a wealth of influences to draw on as he works to create the coolest pop songs.
I think that in the past, I've compared him to a cross between Paul Weller of the Jam & The Style Council and Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, and that is the most dead-on comparison I can think of. Ted tries to reach the soulful vocal range of Mr. Weller while maintaining the nervous energy of Superchunk, and does it quite well while forging ahead with his own sound.
Unlike Ted's past records that had a small smattering of weak songs thrown in the mix, every song on this disc is a killer. One of my favorite records of 2001, so far.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A curve ball straight to your pop heart! June 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD just keeps growing on me and surprising me with its (read "Ted's") variety of sound, great musicianship, and sensitive and concise lyric talent. I can't get these wonderful songs outta my head (and I love it)! One or two cuts have overly-long 'sustained feedback outros' (sometimes producers wanna get cute with the 'love us cause we're casual about this recording thing' approach) but the big picture is that this album solidly delivers the goods! It rocks, it sings, it does everything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little treble looking for trouble December 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
...this album is smash-tastic. yes, so good that it inspires one to invent new words to describe it. 'biomusicology' fades in with some kind of charming youthful enthusiasm, while 'you could die' ends it with a stripped down, raw sound. and 'stove by a whale' has enough heavy guitar to keep even the rockinest dudes happy. smash-tastic, just smash-tastic...go to the 'buy it' button and click it, and you'll love yourself...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of my favorite albums of all time, hands down. Ted Leo is an excellent lyricist and musician. Can't get enough.
Published 2 months ago by Kyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Refined raggedness
Very classy, softened neo-punk sophomore starts energetically and rarely relents, still sincerely standing easily as one of Leo's finest.
Published on September 6, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
What a CD! Ted is certainly a favorite of mine now. Great Guitars and superb Wordplay.
Published on February 11, 2008 by teo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Poignant lyrics. I'm a huge fan of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. I think this is their best cd as of yet.
Published on August 5, 2007 by Ellie K
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This album is amazing. Anyone can really like this music. It's upbeat, powerful, and at times can rock out. Read more
Published on September 17, 2004 by Richard S. Petillo
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Album
I absolutely agree with all of the comments made by my fellow reviewers, and I probably won't have anything new to offer hear in my review, but this album, it moves me so much that... Read more
Published on September 1, 2004 by Blackberries
5.0 out of 5 stars No Album compares to this.
There are no combination of intelligent, music-oriented terms that can be used to do this album any justice. Read more
Published on March 23, 2004 by chris packham
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Go Wrong
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' the Tyranny of Distance simply put is a great CD. Every track features great vocals and music. Read more
Published on December 28, 2003 by Matt Sriram
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now
I bought Hearts of Oak two days ago and loved it, so today I bought The Tyranny of Distance.
I've had "Timorous Me" (Track 5) on repeat for the last two hours. Read more
Published on November 6, 2003 by Kevin D. Leahy
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album right now. Can't stop listening to it.
I just started listening to Ted Leo. I feel cheated that I wasted so many years NOT listening to him! Read more
Published on April 2, 2003
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