Thoughts of Yesterday 1981-1982

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Although they had long hair and wore leather jackets, T.S.O.L. was a punk band originally, not hard rock. For the sonic proof, look no further than Rhino's reissue of the band's 1981 debut, Thoughts of Yesterday, which now also includes the debut from the T.S.O.L. splinter group, Tender Fury. It was in Tender Fury that the band played loose and bluesy rock & roll -- on the track "Talk About Living," and singer Jack Greggors Grisham sounds like the big brother of the Cult's Ian Astbury. They play it fast and almost out-of-control on "Big E's Night Move," and romp through an inspired cover of David Bowie's 1979 classic "Look Back In Anger." But it's the T.S.O.L. punk material that they're best known for. Included are such angst-filled rants as "Property Is Theft," "Abolish Government/Silent Majority," "Superficial Love," and "World War III." One of their best songs from the debut is the title track, which is a surprisingly low-key and melodic number, which sticks out like a sore thumb amidst all the other furious thrashers.

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