When T.S.O.L. blasted onto the Orange County punk explosion in 1979 with white face paint, 6' plus frames and blazing punk anthems, they were automatically a force to be reckoned with. Their previous band, Vicious Circle, had already established themselves in the South Bay and Orange County with large crowds and several riots at historical venues such as the Cuckoo's Nest and the Fleetwood. With the boost of the now classic Poshboy EP that introduced the songs "Superficial Love" and "Abolish Government", TSOL picked up where Vicious Circle left off, but with an armory full of ammunition. This enabled the band to spread it's popularity around California, supporting heavyweights like The Damned and The Dead Kennedy's in big cities like LA and San Francisco. By the summer of '81, the band released the highly anticipated debut full length LP, Dance With Me (Frontier), which propelled the band to the highest echelon of Southern California punk status, and enabled them to headline 3000+ seat venues (ala the Hollywood Palladium) with bands like Bad Religion, Social Distortion and the Adolescents opening for them. Jack Grisham, Ron Emory, Mike Roche and Todd Barnes were four kids who grew up together in Huntington Beach; now they were the talk of the West Coast. The band was featured in the motion picture "Suburbia", directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World, Decline of Western Civilization, etc.), a stark semi-documentary on the punk scene of early '80s Orange County. The band appeared both in the film and on the film's soundtrack. Excessiveness and things that go along with "bigness" forced changes, including the departure of Jack and Todd, leaving behind a band that was well on the way, to instead regressing to a more primitive punk sound that quickly stagnated and alienated fans. Today the band is back to give us what they gave then. "Superficial Love", "80 Times", "Code Blue", "Wash Away" and the rest of those vintage punk nuggets will be blasted live into our faces again. Those who were not around to witness TSOL in their heyday can finally see for themselves why the band spawned a generation of bands and changed the shape of music today.
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Added by DivaLaRevolution on December 22, 2008