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T.S.O.L.: TSOL/Weathered StatuesTSOL/Weathered Statues (1997)
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: JanelleJJanelleJ
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The first five tracks on this reissue of TSOL's pair of 1981 EPs are from their s/t debut, which are fast, energetic, angry, urgent, in a word ‚?? TIMELESS. Jack Grisham, Ron Emory, Mike Roche, and Todd Barnes (RIP) made some of the greatest incendiary political punk in their day. With songs like the classic anarchic anthem "Abolish Government/Silent Majority" ‚?? with its pleas to the masses to "wake up" and the socialist-leaning "Property Is Theft" ‚?? despite the clashing of ideologies, their displeasure of American government is so visceral, so articulate, it's almost tangible. The furious opener, the glorious "Superficial Love", features the greatest lyrics on the s/t EP: "But that's the American way; what it is to be free/If that's what they call freedom, it is not for me/President Reagan can shove it!", whilst on the last track of this EP, "World War III", Grisham ponders, "Where do I stand in this form of power?/Where do I sit in this government?"
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