Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

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Monday

CODE BLUE




My trilogy of L.A.’s original Goth/Punk crossover comes to an abrupt halt with T.S.O.L.’s (True Sound Of Liberty) outstanding 27 minute long debut album Dance With Me. There’s surprisingly little written about T.S.O.L. that doesn’t rehash the obvious influence they had on the Hardcore Punk scene along the West Coast of America. A lot of reference space is given up to other bands that were present in the early 80’s scene, but the link between T.S.O.L., Christian Death and 45 Grave seems to be continuously overlooked. With everything in life there has to be a link from Frontier Records to production duties being handled by Thom Wilson. Tenuous I hear you say, yet a link nonetheless. Even with 45 Grave missing their chance to release an album first, everything worked out fine with T.S.O.L.

A significant group in L.A.'s late-'70s to early-'80s punk scene, Long Beach's T.S.O.L. briefly flirted with pseudo radical politics on their exceptional self-titled debut EP, which included songs like "Abolish Government/Silent Majority" and "Property Is Theft", but that phase of the band didn't last long, as they cast away the politics in favour of horror-movie-inspired, gothy, Misfits-style shtick on their first full-length, Dance With Me. This album contains their most famous song, "Code Blue," an extremely catchy number about necrophilia, ever popular with fans who scream for them to play it at every show.
No mere footnote in punk rock history, T.S.O.L.'s early records are slam pit-inducing, infectious stuff. Dance With Me is loaded with fine numbers, including "Sounds of Laughter," "I'm Tired of Life," and "Die For Me." Other than the Misfits, no band has combined gothy subject matter and punk rock bare chords as well as T.S.O.L., who hit the nail on the head with this classic 1981 recording.
Dance with Me was recorded at Redondo Pacific Studios in Redondo Beach, California with producer Thom Wilson.



Taken from the vinyl album and ripped to glorious MP3 @ 320kbps

Track List:

            A1. Sounds Of Laughter
            A2. Code Blue
            A3. The Triangle
            A4. 80 Times
            A5. I'm Tired Of Life
            A6. Love Story
            B1. Silent Scream
            B2. Funeral March
            B3. Die For Me
            B4. Peace Thru Power
            B5. Dance With Me


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