MP3 Tyrants in Therapy - High Class Trash
21 MP3 Songs in this album (67:53) !
Related styles: POP: New Wave, ELECTRONIC: Euro-Dance
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A Deliciously Trashy New cd from The Tyrants in Therapy.
After a 9 year hiatus, The Tyrants in Therapy are back in a big way with “High Class Trash,” an impressively eclectic 21-cut cd new on their Emotional Coathanger label.
“If this was a book, it’d be a doorstop,” opines The Tyrant Michael J, cofounder of the long-lived new wave punk cabaret duo.
“This album touches on all the kinds of music we like,” continues AbbeAbbe, the female half of TIT, “we’ve got country, blues, electronica, rock, disco, and a whole slew of those novelty songs that we seem to get remembered for.”
The result is "High Class Trash," a New Yorker cartoon set to music.
“High Class Trash” starts off fairly conventionally (for the Tyrants, that is) with “The Truth Hurts,” a rocking Dylanesque duet, and keeps up the intensity with a blistering declaration of devotion titled “Ain’t Over Yet.”
The Tyrants rail against society’s inequities in “The System,” a rootsy rocker, and then throw a real curve with the island tinged protest song “Apocalyso,” in which AbbeAbbe tells the story of a world going to hell in a hand basket.
“Psychoactive,” (co-written by Terry Shaddick of “Physical” fame) wouldn’t be out of place in a hard-core techno club, while the perky C&W novelty tune “Zodiac,” might have come out of Dolly Parton’s mouth if she’d taken acid when she was with Porter Wagonner.
On the achingly beautiful “Saturday Nite Live,” Marc Mann (formerly of Oingo Boingo, ELO, and the Concert for George) takes over on lead vocals, and then AbbeAbbe limns a dangerous latenight encounter in the Stones-influenced “My Masculinity.”
Fans of the Kinks and B-52s will find a lot to like in the mordant satire of “BS Hollywood,” and ABBA fans will find the classical Beethoven influences in “Once Upon a Time” real ear candy.
The lovely duet, “Don’t Be Scared,” recalls the late 80s Tyrants’ Hi NRG heyday with its reassuring spiritual message, while “At the Cowboy Lounge” is a left-field, high camp romp about a very special kind of bar.
“My Dying Girlfriend,” co-written by Viv Savage of Spinal Tap, remixes Garage- disco with The Tyrant Michael’s memorable interior monologue about a love gone terribly wrong; and then Abbe/Abbe takes the ultimate high road to find spiritual salvation in the trancey “Angels Remember.”
Next up (back from the first 80s vinyl EP) is the vintage Electro scratch track “Three People Nude Below the Waist” (featuring the Knights of the Turntables), followed by “The Theme from Tammy’s Revenge,” a mesmerizing trance disco opus co-written by Miguel Plasencia, the noted House DJ.
The title cut “High Class Trash” humorously conjures up a life of super rich debauchery, while “Doubt & Pain Disco,” is certainly one of the funniest songs about misery ever recorded (and at 1:21, one of the shortest).
The satirical vein continues with the Ping-Pong vocal interplay of “Words Like That,” a spot-on send up of censorship, and then The Tyrant Michael delivers a knockout vocal on the transcendentally retro “Almost Winter,” as heartfelt a love ballad as has ever been recorded.
Puzzled by what all this musical shape-shifting means? The Tyrants sum it all up in their final song, “The Ballad of The Tyrants in Therapy,” a smart bit of disco Klezmer that tells the mythical TIT saga from beginning to end.
Formed after a chance meeting by Michael J and Abbe Kanter in an improv workshop, The Tyrants first launched themselves in L.A. rock clubs with bizarre songs such as In the Shadow of Hitler, and The Communist Reggae.
In the mid 80s The Tyrants (a.k.a. T.I.T.) barged onto the national dance music scene with the club success of their third 12” single, Too Tuff to Cry, a masterful blend of new wave and hot West Coast Hi NRG beats.
On various LA independent labels, T.I.T. released 12”s like P-p-power of Love, Call of the Wild and Crazy Dreams which solidified their following among club audiences throughout the U.S.
In the 90s, The Tyrants reached another plateau of acceptance with records like Boy and Big Pink House that were greeted with airplay on pop/urban crossover stations nationally.
Their first full-length cd, “Meet The Tyrants in Therapy,” got great reviews, radio and TV exposure, but that wasn’t nearly enough for Tyrants in Therapy.
So in 2005, they set their sites on a new release, which was 5 years in the making.
Recorded in and around Los Angeles, the Tyrants enlisted a diverse crew of session aces including
classical composer/pianist Daniel Walker (Giorgio Moroder, The Captain & Tenille),
guitarist Bobby Robles (Thee Midniters),
vocalist Duncan Faure (Bay City Rollers), vocalist/guitarist Marc Mann (Oingo Boingo),
drummer Kevin Jarvis (John Wesley Harding, The Records), bassist Louie Ruiz (The John Corbett Band),
keyboardist David Kafinetti (Rare Bird and Spinal Tap), writer/producer Pascal Languirand (Trans X), and guitarist Duane Jarvis (Divynls, Frank Black, Lucinda Williams).
THE TYRANT MICHAEL was born in Detroit, grew up in California, and attended university there. He wrote both advertising and journalism before surrendering to music as a career.
ABBE/ABBE, a native of LA, studied drama at Antioch College and A.C.T., then acted on stage, in movies and TV. She also taught her own acting workshops before succumbing to the more creative lure of the recording industry.
A Tyrants live show commands audience attention. Imagine the surrealism of Fellini, the manic energy of the mosh pit, and the wicked wordplay of cabaret.
One part romantic, two parts absurd, T.I.T. on stage is a nonstop joyride for the imagination. It’s sacred, profane, and sublimely entertaining. But what else would you expect from a duo called the Tyrants in Therapy?
The Official Biography of The Tyrants in Therapy
Michael J and Abbe Kanter met in an improv acting class in Hollywood. They fell in love, got married, but even this wasn’t enough, so they became The Tyrants in Therapy.
Early in the ordinary year that 1984 turned out to be, TIT started gigging in L.A. rock clubs that no longer exist.
The early Tyrants were financed by indulgent music publishers, and recorded songs that were preoccupied with subjects like cowboys, communists, and fascism.
But the world did not embrace their ironic candor, and the Tyrants’ first record, the now classic Detroit electro track "Three People Nude Below the Waist" stiffed (despite the B side presence of the now-classic "In The Shadow of Hitler").
On a dare, TIT did a dance single. But it too met with wide-ranging indifference.
Then in 1986, the Tyrants hit pay dirt by delivering "Too Tuff To Cry" to JDC Records, a tiny San Pedro label specializing in dance music. The "Too Tuff" 12-inch caught on big time with the L.A. Latino New Romantic underground and shot TIT into the thick of the national dance music scene, selling upwards of 50,000 units in Southern California and Mexico.
Throughout the 80s, TIT continued to release a steady stream of 12-inch singles on various LA indies and kept up a schizophrenic schedule, playing discos one night and rock clubs the next.
The early 90s brought the Tyrants to another plateau of success, as the slinky grooves of "Big Pink House" (written with Terry Shaddick of "Physical" fame) and their cheeky put-down rap "Boy" received significant airplay on urban pop radio.
The acclaim of the dance world was good, and national radio play was even better, but the Tyrants were still not satisfied, and formed their own label, Emotional Coathanger Records.
Their new songs morphed away from disco into something they dubbed "Punk Cabaret," a freewheeling style that gives full rein to the Tyrants’ multiple personalities
Their first full length CD “Meet The Tyrants In Therapy,” was a sonic safari that uses evocative samples and rhythms dating from the 1940s to the present, seamlessly blending rock, dance, punk, blues and cabaret, and addressing topics like human rights, suicide, lesbianism, pedophilia, and cake.
Great reviews from around the world and international digital penetration were just fine…but it still wasn’t enough for the Tyrants in Therapy.
Since the summer of 2001, they have infiltrated the TV airwaves with their deliciously subversive take on modern society. In a series of shows made for cable television, TIT has funneled their feverish imaginations into a series of high-concept, low-tech confessionals.
In 2006, TIT began posting on video websites including YouTube, Veoh, Ifilm, and Daily Motion. To date they have nearly 3 million cumulative views for their sketches and short films on the web.
And in 2007, the Tyrants took home the 2007 West Hollywood Public Access Users Choice Award for best Bicycled Series for their show “Meet The Tyrants in Therapy.”
"High Class Trash" is their newes cd with 21 cuts, including their classic "Three People" track
For the record, The Tyrant Michael was born in Detroit, grew up in California, and attended university there. He wrote journalism and advertising before surrendering to music as a career.
AbbeAbbe is a native of LA, studied drama at Antioch College and A.C.T., and then acted for stage, movies and TV. She taught her own acting workshop before becoming a Tyrant.
They continue to gig around internationally and in local clubs, where their live show is a kaleidoscope of social commentary, dance beats, a lick or two of kick ass country, a dollop of New Wave, and a decadent dose of cabaret.
All carried off with attitude to burn in a one-of a-kind performance so mind-bending you’ll forget how to get home even if you’re sitting in your own living room.
But what else would you expect from a couple who call themselves the Tyrants in Therapy?