Thoughts of Yesterday: 1981–1982

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Thoughts of Yesterday: 1981–1982
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Genre Hardcore punk
Label Posh Boy (PBS 150)
Producer Robbie Fields, Thom Wilson
T.S.O.L. chronology
Hit and Run
Thoughts of Yesterday: 1981–1982

Thoughts of Yesterday: 1981–1982 is a compilation album of early material by the American hardcore punk band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), released in 1987 by Posh Boy Records. It combines the band's two EPs, 1981's T.S.O.L. and 1982's Weathered Statues , as well as an early version of "Peace Thru' Power", a song that was re-recorded for their first full-length album Dance with Me (1981). The album's release stemmed from a dispute between T.S.O.L. and Posh Boy owner Robbie Fields that began when the band left Posh Boy after releasing T.S.O.L., moving to Frontier Records for Dance with Me. Fields maintained that the band owed his label another EP, and withheld royalties from them as a result. The dispute culminated in singer Jack Grisham punching Fields in the face. Several years later, after Grisham and drummer Todd Barnes had both left T.S.O.L., a settlement was negotiated in which the band members received back royalty payments and Posh Boy acquired the rights to Weathered Statues, originally released through Alternative Tentacles. Posh Boy combined the two EPs to create Thoughts of Yesterday.

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

T.S.O.L. band that plays punk rock

T.S.O.L. is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California. Although most commonly associated with hardcore punk, T.S.O.L.'s music has varied on each release, including such styles as deathrock, art punk, horror punk and other varieties of punk music.


Originally released as an LP, the album was reissued on compact disc the following year with another Posh Boy release, Pariah's 1983 album Youths of Age, appended as bonus tracks. It was reissued again in 1992 by Rhino Records, with the Pariah tracks replaced by the 1988 debut album of Grisham and Barnes' post-T.S.O.L. band, Tender Fury, which was also originally released by Posh Boy.

Compact disc Optical disc for storage and playback of digital audio

Compact disc (CD) is a digital optical disc data storage format that was co-developed by Philips and Sony and released in 1982. The format was originally developed to store and play only sound recordings (CD-DA) but was later adapted for storage of data (CD-ROM). Several other formats were further derived from these, including write-once audio and data storage (CD-R), rewritable media (CD-RW), Video Compact Disc (VCD), Super Video Compact Disc (SVCD), Photo CD, PictureCD, Compact Disc-Interactive (CD-i), and Enhanced Music CD. The first commercially available audio CD player, the Sony CDP-101, was released October 1982 in Japan.


The original T.S.O.L. lineup of singer Jack Grisham, guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche, and drummer Todd Barnes released their debut EP, T.S.O.L. , in 1981 through Posh Boy Records. [1] [2] According to Grisham, the band had already written most of the songs that would end up on their first full-length album, but were distrustful of Posh Boy owner Robbie Fields and chose to put out an EP through the label instead: "We knew Posh Boy was gonna burn us, but we wanted to put out a record. So it was like 'Let's give him these [songs], and we'll save the good stuff for later.'" [3] Shortly after the EP's release the band moved to Frontier Records for their first studio album, 1981's Dance with Me . [1] [2] This caused a dispute with Fields, who claimed the band had not honored their contractual commitment to record a second EP for his label. [2] "That chameleon [Grisham] had me drink the sweetest wine of fraternal love," said Fields, "and with my next breath I tasted the bitter bile of betrayal as he unleashed the running dogs of hatred upon me." [4] The dispute culminated in Grisham punching Fields in the nose in 1982 outside a roller rink in Fullerton, California. [4] [5] [6] [7]

Jack Grisham American musician

Jack Grisham is an American rock vocalist, musician, raconteur and political activist from Southern California. He is the vocalist for the punk band T.S.O.L., which emerged from the late 1970s Los Angeles hardcore punk rock scene, along with Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion. Grisham has also fronted the bands Vicious Circle, the Joykiller, Tender Fury and Cathedral of Tears. He records with T.S.O.L., the Joykiller and the Manic Low.

Ron Emory is an American rock musician and guitarist for the punk rock band T.S.O.L.. An original member of the band, founded in Southern California in 1979, Emory left in 1987 prior to the release of the album Hit and Run. In 1996, he joined the other original members of T.S.O.L. to reform the band, which remains active. Ron is working on a solo project titled Walk that Walk, which was released on April 15, 2010.

Extended play Musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Several years later, Fields and the four original members of T.S.O.L. (Grisham and Barnes had left the band in 1983) worked out a settlement in which the band received back payments of royalties from the label, and Fields purchased the master recordings and publishing rights to T.S.O.L.'s 1982 EP Weathered Statues , originally released through Alternative Tentacles. [2] Fields considered this "perhaps [my] greatest business coup" because a decline in popularity of 7-inch records during the mid-1980s allowed him to acquire "what [the band's] manager thought was essentially worthless material, that from the 7-inch EP. It had never occurred to the manager that I, too, knew that [7-inches] were no longer viable. Within a few weeks we had re-packaged all of the old and new T.S.O.L. masters, including 'Peace Thru' Power' from Posh Hits Vol. 1, and combined them in the new long play record, 1987's Thoughts of Yesterday." [2]

<i>Weathered Statues</i> 1982 EP by T.S.O.L.

Weathered Statues is an EP by the American hardcore punk band T.S.O.L., released in 1982 through Alternative Tentacles. In comparison to the band's previous material, its experimental nature and melodic leanings confused some of their fans and presaged the creative direction they would take on their second studio album, 1983's Beneath the Shadows. The material from Weathered Statues was later re-released on the compilation albums Thoughts of Yesterday: 1981–1982 (1987) and T.S.O.L. / Weathered Statues (1997).

Alternative Tentacles American record label

Alternative Tentacles is an independent record label established in 1979 in San Francisco, California. It was used by the Dead Kennedys for the self-produced single "California Über Alles". After realizing the potential for an independent label, they released records for other bands as well. Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray and vocalist Jello Biafra formed Alternative Tentacles, but Biafra became the owner in the mid-1980s. Alternative Tentacles no longer owns the rights to Dead Kennedys recordings after a 2000 lawsuit.


The compilation was originally released as an LP. When it was reissued on compact disc the following year, the tracks from another Posh Boy release, Pariah's 1983 album Youths of Age, were added to it as bonus tracks. [2] It was reissued again in 1992 by Rhino Records with the Pariah tracks replaced by Tender Fury, the eponymously titled 1988 debut album of Grisham and Barnes' post-T.S.O.L. band, which was also originally released by Posh Boy. [2] In the liner notes of the Rhino release, Fields described encountering Grisham at a party in March 1987, their first meeting since Grisham had punched him in 1982: "This time, he shook my hand vigorously and told me how pleased he was to see me again. I spent most of my time at the party explaining the liner notes for Thoughts of Yesterday, which Jack hadn't read yet. As it turned out Jack did take those comments of mine as a tribute of sorts. I even offered to let Jack write his side of the story for this compact disc." [4] In 1997 Nitro Records purchased the master tapes of the two EPs from Posh Boy, remastered them, and re-released them as the compilation T.S.O.L. / Weathered Statues. [2] [8]

Eponym Someone or something after which something is named

An eponym is a person, place, or thing after whom or after which something is named, or believed to be named. The adjectives derived from eponym include eponymous and eponymic. For example, Elizabeth I of England is the eponym of the Elizabethan era, and "the eponymous founder of the Ford Motor Company" refers to Henry Ford.

Liner notes writing including with a musical release

Liner notes are the writings found on the sleeves of LP record albums and in booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or the equivalent packaging for vinyl records and cassettes.

Nitro Records record label

Nitro Records is an American independent record label, created and operated by Dexter Holland and fellow Offspring bassist Greg K. They started the label in 1994. Nitro is famous for being an incubator for punk rock artists who have subsequently become successful, most notably AFI. The label has also released albums from classic punk bands, including The Damned and T.S.O.L.


Greg Prato of Allmusic gave the 1992 Rhino Records release of the compilation a 4½ star rating out of 5, remarking "It was in Tender Fury that the band played loose and bluesy rock & roll, and singer Jack Grisham sounds like the big brother of The Cult's Ian Astbury. But it's the T.S.O.L. punk material that they're best known for." [9] He singled out "Thoughts of Yesterday" as "One of their best songs ... a surprisingly low-key and melodic number, which sticks out like a sore thumb amidst all the other furious thrashers." [9]

The Cult British rock band

The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current name in January 1984, the band performed under the name Death Cult, which was an evolution of the name of lead singer Ian Astbury's previous band Southern Death Cult. They gained a dedicated following in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band, with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s establishing themselves as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman". According to music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the band fuse a "heavy metal revivalist" sound with the "pseudo-mysticism ... of the Doors [and] the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin ... while adding touches of post-punk goth rock". Since the initial formation of Southern Death Cult in Bradford in 1981, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, who are the band's two songwriters.

Ian Astbury Rock musician; lead singer for The Cult

Ian Robert Astbury is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member and lead vocalist for the rock band the Cult.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jack Grisham, Ron Emory, Mike Roche, and Todd Barnes, except where noted.

Side A
1."Peace Thru' Power" (from Posh Hits Vol. 1, 1983)1:55
2."Property Is Theft" (from T.S.O.L. , 1981)1:27
3."Word Is" (from Weathered Statues , 1982)2:35
4."Abolish Government / Silent Majority" (from T.S.O.L., 1981)1:59
5."Weathered Statues" (from Weathered Statues, 1982)3:12
Side B
1."Thoughts of Yesterday" (from Weathered Statues, 1982)2:37
2."Superficial Love" (from T.S.O.L., 1981)1:20
3."Man and Machine" (from Weathered Statues, 1982)1:39
4."No Way Out" (from T.S.O.L., 1981)1:12
5."World War III" (from T.S.O.L., 1981)1:52
Total length:19:48



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