Many of us see music as the sound tracks to our lives. When we hear a song, it can bring back a long forgotten moment. Some artists are like an old best friend. They may disappear from time to time but they always seem to pop back in.
T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty) is a band that reads like a soap opera. They started in California during the great hardcore punk movement of the early 1980’s. Their career was chugging along until their singer, Jack Grisham, left the band. Jack was replaced by Joe Wood. From there, the band became murky. Jack and Joe were two completely different people. Jack was brash and sang like a man possessed. Joe was a musician and had a voice suitable for rock. The band then began to mutate. With every album, original members dropped off and were replaced by glam metal musicians. T.S.O.L. was even loved by members of Guns and Roses whom can be seen sporting T.S.O.L. t-shirts in their videos.
But sometimes it can’t last forever and the rock and roll train was sent into the station.
Then something happened. Jack and Ron Emory formed The Joy Killer and it seemed that the punk band was back in action. Once the legal issues were sorted out, the original band rolled out as T.S.O.L. once again.
“El Duce was a damn lunatic! Ha ha ha! C’mon! You met him! You know how that guy was…classic!”
Zack, my friend Bill’s nephew, looked on in a stunned admiration as Jack continued his story. This was his first hardcore show and he had heard all of his uncle’s albums throughout the years and now he was standing a few feet away from the legendary singer.
This was not the first time that the band and I had spent time talking about different events.
It was at Visage in Orlando and the opening band was playing. It was in the late 1980’s.
“This lady is insane!”
The band was laughing at the growling of the lead singer of the Genitorturers.
This time it wasn’t Jack, but Joe Wood who was the singer and we were shooting pool with the band. People passed by and looked stunned. They just stood off to the side watching. The game continued on until they had to go and get ready for the show.
But during this latest , we are talking about the good old days and I am sure for them; seeing a familiar face 15 years later was comforting.
So this video is T.S.O.L. with Joe Woods right after Jack left the band. I picked this song because this band has served as a soundtrack of my life. From hearing this song on the Billabong “Surf into Summer” video and seeing Jason Buttonshaw surfing for the first time to the days skating with my friends on a hot summer day; this band will continue to be a favorite.
They are also great people to share some stories with.