T.S.O.L. (1980-1991): a Thrash Metal band from Long Beach, California, USA.
ounded by Jack Greggors (vocals), Ron Emory (guitar), Mich Roche (bass) and (Francis Gerald) 'Todd' Barnes (drums) as True Sounds Of Liberty, their eponymous EP debut was unleashed in 1981, with the follow-up album, Dance With Me, following later that same year. Their second effort, Beneath The Shadows (1982), saw them change their style from Hardcore to a basic punk in the British style of Stranglers and Damned. Bob Kuehn would join on keyboards, with guitarist Frank Agnew being borrowed from Adolescents. Soon after, they would be caught up in a riot at a gig on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Cathedral Of Tears, then Tender Fury, would take Greggors from them shortly later. Barnes would leave also, with both being replaced by Joe Wood and Mitch Dean just as the act changed to a Glam style.
Change Today? (1994) proved to be a poor reflection of their passionate style of past, and the following, Revenge (1986), was the same. Hit And Run (1987) failed to be just that, with only T.S.O.L. (Live) (1988) giving any form of reprise, and only barely. Strange Love (1990) would conclude their downhill slide with the live shot, Live '91 (1991), hitting the bottom of the hill. Grisham would go off to form Joykiller. The original line-up would reform for a few gigs later as The Original TSOL to little notice.