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Album Review

By the time that Revenge was released in 1986, T.S.O.L. was barely hanging on to the last strands of its punk rock past. Led by singer/guitarist Joe Wood, the band's sound began to resemble the morbid cock rock of groups such as Alice Cooper and Danzig much more than the sarcastic resistance rock of California counterparts such as the Circle Jerks and the Dead Kennedys. While lead guitarist Ron Emory and bassist Mike Roche did their best to maintain their mosh-pit sensibilities on manic rockers such as "No Time," "Madhouse," and "Change Today," at this point in their career T.S.O.L. was much more likely to produce a song such as "Memories," which is an introspective look at teenage love lost. An acoustic-oriented ode to "Revenge," as well as a tribute to death itself called "Colors (Take Me Away)" continued the trend toward rock simplicity. While the album does end with paranoia spreading in every direction by way of a song titled "Everybody's a Cop," Revenge is really not much more than a record aimed to appease the juvenile mind.

Customer Reviews

Underated Masterpiece

As much I as I love early TSOL, the music on REVENGE & CHANGE TODAY is dark, interesting, and well produced. Both LPs feature vocalist Joe Wood, who brought a new variable to the equation. His low, haunting voice gives TSOL a sound reminiscent of The Dammed, The Doors, and early Misfits. Definitely worth checking out.

Transitional TSOL best.

My favorite TSOL album. Love the old, and despise most of the new...this is their peak creatively in my own opinion. Every single damn song here is great. This album made me mellow out and really listen to what they were doing...songwriting, lyrics, music. I can list highlights of the older albums, but this is one that needs no such thing. The entire album is perfect. More than any other album, this one defines this time of my life and will always be a favorite...too bad bout the rareness of it, check the price on Amazon (dusted mine off and locked it away after I saw the price) it here...another great example of why I-tunes is great, $100 vs. $10. I would pay the $100 if it were not available here.'s that important of an album.

: : Revenge is Sweet : :

One of my best album by T.S.O.L.. " Colors ", " No Time ", " Everybody's A Cop ", " Nothing for you " man the whole album is off the hook and a classic. T.S.O.L. at it's best!! word up. T.S.O.L. forever.


Formed: 1978 in Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the early years of Los Angeles punk, one of the premiere hardcore bands was T.S.O.L., which stood for True Sounds of Liberty. Offering poppier music than many of their contemporaries and featuring an image that appealed to punks who wanted to dive deeper into the gothic subgenre already being offered by many British punk bands, T.S.O.L. became hugely popular on the local scene but never translated that success to national exposure because of their ever-shifting lineup and sound. Formed in 1978...
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