Maybe it’s just me, but I thought that music and violence don’t really correlate. Both are a release, music being a far more creative and constructive form than violence. Sure, there have been instances of violence in pop music: Pete Townsend annihilating his guitar on stage, Sid Vicious spitting on his audience, Joy Division rejecting their skinhead fans, mosh pits in American hardcore concerts of the early 80s, et cetera. But it’s like Dee Snider said, it’s better to throw your fists in the air than in someone else’s face.

The last place I would ever think to see violence glorified (or accusations of violence being glorified) is in a retro-minded pop group from Sweden. This is the buzz on The Tough Alliance: they carry baseball bats and swing them a lot. But despite my pacifist ways, I just don’t care. The songs are good. Most likely it’s just an exaggeration of a clever stage prop, and either way they live in Sweden, which is a long ways away. It sounds like a hilarious live show, especially once you hear what they sound like. With definite new wave influences, I would say the closest sound is Wham!. That’s right! George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. So if you’re like me and have a new wave guilty pleasures playlist on your iTunes, then blast it loud and proud. “Too-Ry-Aye!”…”Hush hush, eye to eye!”…”I wanted to be with you alone…”

Tough Alliance – First Class Riot


— , November 28, 2007    2 Comments

I want this. Now.

Eduardo, December 1, 2007

According to Jens, TTA’s music is “most representative” of Sweden today.

i also want it. now.

— Sal, December 14, 2007