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one of the best albums ever

Tonio K is THE "best artist you've probably never heard of" out there. Sorry that he belongs in that catagory, although I was always waiting for the next album to be released and in my book he is a talented, major artist. Romeo and Jane, True Confessions and You Don't Belong Here are solid songs with great hooks. Perfect World is probably his best song, and it was covered by a number of well known artists (for a good reason) - great tune. Would love to see Notes from the Lost Civilization and Ole carried on I-tunes as well.

A Great Lost Classic

Back before bands started trying to re-make Contemporary Christian Music something other than a fomula-driven "Praise Jesus" industry, there were a handful of artists (outside of country and folk) trying express their faith in the language of the world around them, far outside the church gymnasiums. Mark Heard, The Call, Bruce Cockburn, T Bone Burnett, Sam (Leslie) Phillips, Kings X, Pierce Pettis, Buddy and Julie Miller, Mike Scott and the early Waterboys, were perhaps a few of those whose names we still kick around today. "Romeo Unchained" was a turning point, thoughtful, and emotionally honest about the struggle to trust in the face of cynicism all around. Its dated, musically as a 1980s era production, but differently than Ideola's (Mark Heard) "Tribal Opera". This album sits well beside Charlie Peacock's "Lie Down in the Grass" and Robert Vaughan and the Shadows' "Love and War'. I still listen too it regularly, and for my money Tonio K. has never topped its thematic unity and spirit. But then again, Tonio, I'm still out here waiting and hoping...

Tonio K. should always get a "5"

Though Tonio K. has not approached the level they had reached in the 70s with "Life in the Foodchain," neither has anybody else.


Born: July 4, 1950

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

New wave ironist Tonio K. was born Steve Krikorian on July 4, 1950 and was raised in Palm Desert, CA. While in high school he formed his first band, the Raik's Progress. In 1973, he appeared on his first album, Remnants, as a member of the former Buddy Holly backing band the Crickets. After going solo, he assumed the stage name Tonio K., apparently in honor of the Thomas Mann novella Tonio Kröger. His debut LP, Life in the Foodchain, was a critical smash upon its 1978 release, winning acclaim for...
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