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Album Review

Although they only recorded one full-length record and a smattering of singles, Tuff Darts were a vital part of a thriving New York City community that featured Blondie, the Ramones, Talking Heads and Television as its elder statesmen. So it's with a bit of a surprise that more acknowledgement of the group's importance has been underwhelming. Fusing a little bit of new wave, power pop sensibilities and a rockabilly snarl, the group works its way through 13 storming numbers, taking very few pauses in between for regrouping. The songs are ferocious, and while not as comical as the Ramones, share equal footing with that band's brutal intensity. Above all, though, there's no denying that the band's output has held up over the years, and in some cases best many contemporary punk bands' albums today.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '00s

While the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, and the Dead Boys were the biggest names to emerge from the first wave of New York's punk rock explosion in the mid- to late '70s, dozens of other bands were also making the scene at CBGB's and Max's Kansas City at the time, and Tuff Darts were among the first to make their mark. Playing tough-minded rock with pop hooks, hard rock riffs, and more than a little retro style, Tuff Darts first began making a noise on the New York club scene in the early '70s,...
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