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The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
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2004 self-released

Reviewed by: Patrick Kindlon   //   Published: 1/30/2005

In high school, I knew a dude who would land the hottest girlfriends and then, invariably, lose them by doing some bonehead thing that really could've been avoided. He was self-sabotaging in a serious way. I haven't seen him in a couple of years, but I feel like I should call him to see if he's playing in The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.

Everything about this band screams "DAUGHTERS-STYLE JOKE BAND"- from the "clever" album title, the names of songs, to the actual zany band name. So imagine my surprise when the music contained therein is hard-as nails-metal hardcore.

I'm going to avoid the metalcore tag for this on because I think that word conjures all the wrong images. This is heavy and well-paced. Like the real Tony Danza, his followers are aggressive and relentless. And like Tony, TTDTE has the sense not to take themselves too seriously.

The songs rarely give you time to breathe and there is little filler, but there is plenty of lighter (in the non-literal meaning of the word, trust me, it's all heavy) sides to this album. Guitar parts seemingly lifted from a Rockwell B-side, stop-start sections that don't seem to know what happens next, general chaos. Vocally there is little variation, but there is also no "funny stuff." It seems like every time I get a record from a supposedly genre-bending or irreverent band, their idea of innovation is having a "kooky" singer. With a name like Tony Danza... I kept waiting for the RISD-student-type "cleverness" to emerge. What I got was a seriously pissed individual that can't keep his hands off my throat.

This is one instance where I'll say the lack of originality passes my nose without an offending smell. It's just good. Not smart and not pushing the boundaries of anything (save the public's tolerance for shitty band names), but worth listening to, nonetheless. However, this album needs lyrics. None were included, which I suppose is good if the words are bad enough to warrant hiding. But as this band does everything else right, I'd like to hope the lyrics are as worthwhile as the music.

Bottom Line: Fun and heavy. Not much more to say about it other than I would've taken this band a lot more seriously had they had a non-goofy name. Like "The Tony Danza Lapdance Extravaganza" or "LFO."

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