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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists / the Joggers

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists/the Joggers: live in Santa Analive in Santa Ana (2005)
Lookout Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: SteveJonesTheRealBonesSteveJonesTheRealBones
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So I had a 4-hour drive to Santa Ana which caused us to miss most of the opening band's set, U.S.E. (United State of Electronica). Now, once you get past their silly band name, they put on a great show. The three songs i managed to catch were extremely danceable and the two female backup singers mad.


So I had a 4-hour drive to Santa Ana which caused us to miss most of the opening band's set, U.S.E. (United State of Electronica). Now, once you get past their silly band name, they put on a great show. The three songs i managed to catch were extremely danceable and the two female backup singers made sure the crowd was moving. I don't know how their brand of catchy, poppy, dancy, mildly-rocking-but-definitely-groovy synth pop will translate on CD, but this is a great band to catch live, if you aren't afraid to dance.

The Joggers came on next, and the crowd left. This was the first time I listened to the Joggers, and they played some good pop-rock that fit in nicely at a Ted Leo show, but the crowd wasn't digging it. Only a few people stood up front and they didn't look too excited. I felt bad for the Joggers, but what are you gonna do? I drank and showed them support.

Finally, Ted Leo and the Rx's. They played mostly a mix of songs from Hearts of Oak and Shake The Sheets. I'm not too good with song titles, but they played pretty much all of the crowd faves like "Me and Mia," "Little Dawn," and "Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?" among others. Ted put on an excelent show, but again, the crowd wasn't very responsive for some reason. The few times that he talked to the crowd, I think my friends and I were the only ones he got a response from. When his guitar string broke, he didn't miss a beat, and all the songs were performed flawlessly. When it was time for an encore, he generously performed three songs. Afterwords, he stayed and talked with fans and signed autographs until everyone left. What more can one say? Ted Leo is the mother effing Man, and the Pharmacists deserve man status as well.

 

 
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nameless (May 25, 2008)

Jeez... a non-responsive crowd in Orange County--why am I not surprised? But, it's still a pity.

Short review, but it wasn't bad.

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

the joggers are the worst band i have ever heard.
and the drummer for USE is super annoying.
ted leo is soo good tho.

Crookedsuperhero (February 24, 2005)

"I just got the "Burn To Shine" DVD and Teds Performance is pretty good. So is Q and Not U (although the singer is wearing an odd little get up). However, there is a band on it who performs this titled "Ak 47" and its quite possibly the worst song I've ever heard."

Wow, i was just thinking about buying that. What are the other bands like?

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

Ok, weird war sucks.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

"However, there is a band on it who performs this titled "Ak 47" and its quite possibly the worst song I've ever heard."

that would be wierd war and you better fucking respect.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

I just got the "Burn To Shine" DVD and Teds Performance is pretty good. So is Q and Not U (although the singer is wearing an odd little get up). However, there is a band on it who performs this titled "Ak 47" and its quite possibly the worst song I've ever heard.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

the galaxy? that's weird.

stevejonestherealbones (February 22, 2005)

oh sorry, it was at the galaxy

oh and duped, yes , we can

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

where was this show at? i'm trying to think of a venue that'd have ted leo play in santa ana, and i can't think of one.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Can't we all just get along and say that Ted Leo, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello are, in their own rights, "the man"?

But no, AWK isn't "the man." Not at all.

-duped

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

ted leo is good. the joggers record is fantastic. buy it. or purchase it from gay ass itunes.

-TOBB

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

"he is the mordern day elvis costello, even though elvis is still around"

That's on of the stupidest comments I have ever read.

And on this whole "man" front, Tom Waits was, is, and will always be the "mother effing man." Any artist around tries to reach the level of his mastery of music. And while Ted Leo writes some mighty fine pop-rock and puts on a good show, it pales in comparison to anything Mr. Waits has done. So while Ted Leo is "the man" for his specific genre, Tom Waits transcends all to for the title.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

he is the mordern day elvis costello, even though elvis is still around

stevejonestherealbones (February 22, 2005)

chinatown explains it pretty good. he writes good pop rock without coming off as cheesy, and he is doing it better than anyone else right now as far as i can tell. well, maybe some others write as good pop as him, but no one is better

- jones the bones

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Because he has manly features.

-Chinatown

sickboi (February 22, 2005)

OK, somone please explain. I don't understand why he is "the man"? I know Scott started saying it, many a moon ago, but why? I understand AWK, he's eclectic, energetic, etc; but this dude just sings some boring indie-rock. Maybe he's a good lyricist, but shouldn't that be expected? He's a fucking professional musician.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

this shit is fucking overrated. fuck this band and fuck you steve jones, your reviews blow asshole. Keep them in that faggot xanga where they belong you cockmonger.

-CO-FUCKING-STANZA

stevejonestherealbones (February 22, 2005)

that last comment was by me. i thought i was logged in. i was supposed to be, oh well

- jones the bones

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

score is for the review

- chinatown

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Wow...where's the review?

You honestly could have written "Some bands played and then Ted Leo played and no one seemed to care and then it was over," and it would have been just as interesting.

Score is for Boner

threechordsandthetruth (February 22, 2005)

I'm seeing him next month, it should be rockin'.

Crookedsuperhero (February 22, 2005)

Hold on a minute. YOU have friends?

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Um Ted Leo is awesome but why did this even get posted? I didn't even go to the show and I could post a more in depth review than this.

stevejonestherealbones (February 22, 2005)

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Psychoos231 (February 22, 2005)

oh shit i forgot to go to this show..hahaha

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