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Dance with the Tyrants - Classic Dance Hits, Vol. 1

by Tyrants in Therapy

A compilation of the greatest Classic Dance Hits by The Tyrants in Therapy, Volume 1.
Genre: Electronic: Dance
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1. Too Tuff To Cry
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2. Crazy Dreams
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3. Love Crazy
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4. Paint It Pink
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5. Sweet Magic
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6. Call of the Wild
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7. P-P-Power of Love
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8. Sex Bomb
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9. Matter of Time
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10. Too Tuff House Rock
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11. P-P-Power of Love 88 Remix
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12. Underground Girl of The World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Dance with The Tyrants Volume 1- Classic Dance Hits” is a rich compilation of the most beloved and exciting club records released by The Tyrants in Therapy.
Spanning the mid 80’s to the early 90’s, the L.A. based Tyrants in Therapy made a big splash on the club scene, and this brand new collection is sure to please their many fans, as well as dance music lovers who have yet to discover T.I.T.
“Dance with The Tyrants, Volume 1" includes The Tyrants’ classic high energy favorites “Too Tuff to Cry,” “Crazy Dreams,” “Call of the Wild,” “Sweet Magic,” “Paint It Pink,” and “P-P-Power of Love.”
And dance music fans will delight in some rarely heard gems including “Matter of Time,” and “Sex Bomb.”

Expat British Glam Pop fixture Tony Craig weighs in with these comments about "Dance with The Tyrants Vol. 1 from his Calais, France exile:
" Cor blimey! This takes me back! To the Seventies and Doug Weston’s original Troubadour in L.A., the one where Elton John first played on the West Coast and where I first saw The Tyrants In Therapy in action. Of course, this was before the TiTs got into 80’s electro-disco, but for a group whose main claim to fame was humour, they made some surprisingly good, dance records. If I could still shake a leg without looking ridiculous, I’d be getting down with it right now, even as I listen to them again. As it is, my left foot is tapping but that could be my arthritis playing up again!

However, for anyone who missed the Tyrants the first time around, check out ‘Too Tuff To Cry’, probably their most played track. AbbeAbbe’s vocals float over the top of a driving beat. Tracks like ‘Love Crazy', 'Underground Girl of the World' and ‘Sex Bomb’ are full of the production tricks of the time and this cd won’t go amiss on any club retro dance night. Play it and see! (By the way, whatever happened to Elton John?)"


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John Hrabar

More than a few Crazy Dreams
The Tyrants
Dance with the Tyrants Classic Dance Hits Vol. 1
By John Hrabar

Coming off a wildly successful Tour of Mexico, The Tyrants present a long-awaited CD of their dance classics from the 1980s. The themes and vocals found here are often performed in a somewhat playful manner but always remain under the masterful skill of producer Michael Jaye, who co-wrote all of the CDs twelve tracks
Rarely has an American producer so capably assembled and combined so many colorful European-styled elements, and the dreamy themes found here are sung with pitch-perfect vocals by AbbeAbbe. Sometimes actual vocal snippets themselves are used as additional percussive devices. And rarely will you find lyrical themes in a dance context that so eloquently express battles of the sexes, the night and its dreams. Yes, here you can surely dance, but that dancing will be performed in an infinitely more cerebral manner. In the hands of a lesser producer often the more intensive tracks would unravel into utter chaos, but Jaye masterfully glides us through each element of his productions. Nothing is excessive or wasted.
The varied output of styles found here encompass and embrace a range of styles from new wave (“Paint it Pink”) to Florida freestyle (“Love Crazy”). However, the duo confidently glides with their finest strides in the CD’s Italo-styled tracks which remain very much in parity with European releases from the period that NRG mavens cherish.
AbbeAbbe’s breathy vocal sends “Sweet Magic” soaring, while “Too Tuff to Cry” and “Matter of Time” showcase the Tyrants at their finest: pure, colorful upbeat energy. Perhaps the defining moment of the entire collection can be found in “Crazy Dreams” where AbbeAbbe sings the passage “in the darkness I go crazy.” It’s a place where we have all indeed found ourselves, among the frenzy of the dance floor.
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Nick Bendel

A dance card to die for
Best known for their punk cabaret, the Tyrants in Therapy have laid down a challenge on their new album, Dance With The Tyrants: Classic Dance Hits, Vol. 1.

The compilation is an 80s-flavoured blend of disco, dance and Hi-NRG, and contains many of their most popular older songs.

Alternating between light and dark, sweet and sardonic, it is a perfect reflection of the decade that gave us the end of the Cold War on the one hand, and shoulder pads on other.

Dance With The Tyrants leads off with Too Tuff To Cry, the 1986 classic that hit it big in America, Europe and Mexico. With its infectious beat, catchy melody and energetic vocals, it sets the tone for what is to follow.

Yet if the album is packed with the sort of songs you’d find blaring out of a disco, it contains one intriguing exception – Too Tuff House Rock. Held together by a slightly menacing beat, and propelled by the lyrical exchanges of AbbeAbbe and Michael J, it’s hard to know whether to shake your groove thing or bang your head.

On Paint It Pink, the Tyrants draw on the help of co-producer Guy Roche, the famous writer/producer of acts like Christina Aguilera, Brandy, Selina and Cher (If I Could Turn Back Time). It’s manic, it’s infectious, it’s provocative. In other words, it’s vintage Tyrants.

Yet if the Tyrants are best known for their defiantly individualistic sense of irony, they are capable of serving up syrupy love songs for the masses, as Matter Of Time proves.

However, this is not a band that wants their listeners to get too comfortable. Underground Girl of the World sees them again embrace their quirky impulses, and so while AbbeAbbe was holding out for the man of her dreams in Matter Of Time, this time, as her assertive voice makes clear, “I’m hungry...I need some sauerkraut”.

This compilation has been a long time coming for the talented Los Angeles-based duo. It’s been worth the wait.