ARTIST: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
TITLE: Treble in Trouble
YEAR RELEASED: 2000
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: This was a five-song EP
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Ted Leo, James Canty, Jodi VB, Amy Farina
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Five song EP is the beginning of the full-band releases for Ted Leo.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s a short five song EP, with two songs left over from Ted Leo’s band The Sin Eaters, and one cover song. But what these five songs established him and the Pharmacists as a dependable punk / indie entity.
The opening cut has an experimental tinge to it (“Abner Louima v. Gov. Pete Wilson”) but it’s a lot better than the experiments on his first solo album. This is a good palate setter for the rest of his output.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was recorded by Brendan Canty of Fugazi, who is James Canty’s brother.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: It’s good, if not brief, starter for Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.