"Perfect Love" puts Tyrants in Therapy back in a HiNRG groove.
The Tyrants in Therapy are back with a new Hi NRG dance record, after taking a 20-year vacation from Dance Music.
To find just the perfect song, the L.A. based duo has reached deep into their past and found an unfinished writing demo that they transformed into "Perfect Love."
Though they hadn’t focused on disco music for many moons, The Tyrants released a large body of eclectic pop in the 90s.
TIT then moved into TV production in the 21st century where their Punk Cabaret variety shows for cable also became popular on video sites like YouTube and FunnyOrDie.
But they still kept in touch with the club scene, releasing a compilation of their club hits (Dance with the Tyrants, Vol. 1), and with occasional tours to Mexico, performing their dance classics like Too Tuff To Cry, Call of the Wild, Paint it Pink, Crazy Dreams, and Sweet Magic for their loyal fans.
“We can really thank our fans in Mexico for Perfect Love,” says AbbeAbbe the girl Tyrant, who sings lead on the new track, “Whenever we toured Mexico City, they kept asking when our new dance record was coming out.”
“And we really didn’t have an answer,” adds The Tyrant Michael who co-wrote and produced the record, “since we hadn’t written that kind of music for years, except for collaborations with Pascal from Trans-X on songs like How Long Lasts Love.
“But one day, while listening to some old cassettes, I found a rough writing version of a great dance song from the late 80s that I’d totally forgotten about. It was called Perfect Love. Originally, it was just 4 guys jamming at Atollsonique Studio, with a drum machine, Roland octopads, a couple of synthesizers, and room mics picking up everything. There was so much positive energy, you could hear the song being born right in the room.”
“It was strange but wonderful meeting of talented spirits,” continues Tyrant Michael, “Pianist David Kafinetti (from the English group Rare Bird) was into R&B, and Kevin Jarvis is a rock ‘n roll drummer who played with Shawn Mullins, Lucinda Williams, and John Wesley Harding. The only one besides me with any disco cred was Bijan Dokhanian, from the instrumental group Stop, who had a hit with Wake Up.”
“When we decided to revive a song from our classic HiNRG period, the real work began,” says AbbeAbbe.
“We started working on the new track in 2010 with Daniel Walker, who’d worked with Giorgio Moroder,” explains Tyrant Michael. “Then I had to write lyrics that were up to the standard set by the words to Too Tuff To Cry and Sweet Magic. That wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, because they had to be innocent, emotional, and intelligent. And they needed show off all of Abbe’s charms as a singer.”
Perfect Love was written such a long time ago,” Abbe recalls, “We had a hard time tracking down Bijan, who had left the music business and started a manufacturing business. Kevin Jarvis had become an accomplished studio drummer who’d played on many of our records. On Perfect Love, he played percussion and synthesizer, and he’d built great studio in Venice where we recorded all the lead vocals.”
“As it all came together, we brought in Miguel Plasencia (who had worked with me and Sabby Rayas back in the day),” says Tyrant Michael, “Miguel really added punch to the track with some new drums and percussion. Then Abbe and Marc Mann (who’s played with Oingo Boingo and Eric Clapton) did some perfectly lovely background vocals in late November 2011. And suddenly, it started to sound like a Tyrants’ dance record.”
The Tyrants also enlisted Art Munson (formerly of The Righteous Brothers, and a co-writer of AbbeAbbe’s solo records "P-P-Power of Love" and "Matter of Time") to play some guitar and bass on Perfect Love.
“We loved Art’s ruff mixes, so we decided to do the final mixes at his new studio in Oxnard, CA, about 75 miles up the coast from L.A.,” says Abbe.
And now, with 4 different club mixes and several single versions, Perfect Love, is perfectly complete, and available for download on iTunes, cdbaby.com, Amazon.com, etc.
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