Tyrants Record Reviews


Meet the Tyrants in Therapy (emotional coathanger records)
By Julio Diaz

The Tyrants in Therapy combine dance music, samples, ‘80s new wave, and cabaret pop with an attitude that would have to live in a tent in the woods if it were any campier. The net result is a strange kind of audio performance art that’s not only aware of its pretentiousness, it’s soaking in it, making for a record that’s by turns sexy, funny, surreal, and endlessly amusing.

A perfect example of what I mean comes on the album’s second track, the lush and (almost over-) indulgent “Je T’aime (Moi Non Plus),” which goes right over the top with its male-female “cake” innuendoes and breathy moaning, building to the point where the Tyrants ask themselves “Why are we speaking French?” (The answer, naturally, is “I don’t know.”) Elsewhere, the extremely danceable “Boy” reminds me of Murray Head’s “One Night in Bangkok” and RuPaul’s “Supermodel,” easily equaling either for camp factor. “Sex Is Back” sounds like a magazine article about fashion trends, with the vocals conveying the image of a hipper-than-thou fashionista letting you know that anyone who’s anyone is having it (”Sex is back/And if the President can/That means every boy and every girl and even your old man can”). “In the Shadow of Hitler” shows off the duo’s cabaret side, with a Kurt Weill feel and lyrics nostalgically recalling the WWII-era with tongue firmly in cheek (”Ja, it was not a good time for everyone, but for those of us who were lucky enough to be born blonde, ooh la la,” a heavily German accented female voice intones). Other highlights include the driving ‘80s soundtrack rock of “Them Kinda Monkeys Can’t Swing,” the twisted early-’60s breakup song turned bizarre love triangle, “Anna (Go To Him),” and the sampledelic Dan Quayle bashing of “Yer No Jack Kennedy.”

As you can probably tell from the quoted lyrics, this record may not be for everyone (fundamentalists and Republicans are bound to find SOMETHING here to offend them), but those with the right kind of twisted sense of humor will eat it up — if you like the campy sexual innuendo of the Lords of Acid, for example, you’ll find it irresistible (though the musical vibe is completely different). Good, dirty fun that’s definitely NOT for the whole family (some of this is definitely for adults only!). If you’re not too uptight and let yourself go with the flow, you’ll be glad to Meet the Tyrants in Therapy.

Dance with The Tyrants

Dance with the Tyrants
Classic Dance Hits Vol. 1

emotional coathanger recs
By John Hrabar

Coming off a wildly successful mini 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.

Dance with the Tyrants is available for purchase at iTunes, cdbaby.com and amazon.com.

Enrique Hernandez, Mexico City



By Luis Enriquez Hernandez reporting from Mexico City

In 1983, Abigail Kanter and Michael Jaye and formed a band completely different from the others, The Tyrants in Therapy, who managed to bring to life several hits that are here to stay on the dance floor.

This year The Tyrants in Therapy back with a new production (available only in digital format) loaded with nostalgia and even better, full of dancing. This is a hits collection containing 12 tracks, some of which have never been available for download, this also turns in a gem for those assiduous collectors of rare tracks.

The journey through time begins with “Too Tuff To Cry”, the mega hit  for Tyrants in Therapy, one item at the time of the 80’s scored thousands of young people around the world and is now considered a classic of the Hi- NRG.

The Tyranny continues with “Crazy Dreams” that will turn you to hear his cheerful and catchy sound, but if you’re looking for something more rough, The Tyrants In Therapy have for you “Too Tuff House Rock” followed by “Paint It Pink,” whose mysterious touch will make your feet move to the rhythm of music.

“Dance with the Tyrants” also comes with several surprises as it includes themes of the various projects of the Tyrants in very interesting versions.

The Tyrant Michael electrify your blood and your mind with “Call of the Wild”, while “Sweet Magic” by Dreams Come True will leave you a romantic taste but full of energy. For her part, AbbeAbbe with his sweet and powerful voice will tell the story of a girl sweet and totally in love on the songs “PP-Power of Love” and “Matter of Time”.

The single” Sex Bomb” will take you directly to the 90’s. This collection also contains the unreleased track “Love Crazy” which is a collaboration between The Tyrants In Therapy and Pascal Languirand of Trans-X, creator of the legendary song “Living On Video.”

” Love Crazy” has a different sound to the Hi-NRG associated with TIT & Trans-X, but surely will make anyone dance!

The journey to the past ends with a track that was part of the very first Tyrants in Therapy, material, the song “Underground Girl of The World” in which AbbeAbbe shows a much wilder side but still very attractive.

“Dance with The Tyrants” will make you dance from start to finish and is now available on iTunes, cdbaby.com and amazon.com.

If you are “too tough for Bailar” I challenge you to listen to Dance with the Tyrants, Classic Dance Hits Vol 1!

Out Smart Reviews High Class Trash

Tyrants in Therapy
High Class Trash
If you like to buy in bulk, this CD is for you. With its 21 tracks, this LP heralds the return of the satirical punk cabaret duo after a 23-year absence. “My Dying Girlfriend” and the Lou Reed-ish “My Masculinity” are especially entertaining. Emotional Coathanger Records (tyrantsintherapy.com) —Review: N.F.


Emotional Coathanger Records
Review by: Christopher Thelen

Smarter than the average listener would expect. Lighter moments include the English language version of “Je T’aime (Moi Non Plus)” and the 16-second interlude “Doubt and Pain.” While tracks like “Boy, ” “Om Shanti Om” (enjoyable in both its mixes presented here) and “Sex Is Back” (delivered almost in a Madonna-becomes-newscaster style by Abbe Kanter) get you up and dancing. Titles like “In The Shadow Of Hitler” and “Yer No Jack Kennedy” might leave listeners thinking that Tyrants In Therapy are a novelty band – and while they do enjoy moments of levity, they mean business. Meet The Tyrants In Therapy proved to be a more pleasant introduction to this group than I had expected – and now I’m glad to say I know the band and their music. Chances are this disc will thrill you as well.

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