T.S.O.L.

T.S.O.LJack Grisham – vocals

  • Ron Emory – guitar
  • Mike Roche – bass
  • Tiny Bubz – Drums
  • Greg Kuehn – piano, synthesizer

Formed in 1978 in Long Beach Ca, T.S.O.L. originated as a hard core punk band, developing from earlier bands Johnny Koathanger and the Abortions, and SS Cult. Later on Vicious Circle would form and T.S.O.L. would take a brief hiatus.

Featuring the lineup of vocalist Jack Grisham (who has been credited as Jack Greggors, Alex Morgan, Jack Ladoga, Jim Woo and James DeLauge), guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche, and drummer Todd Barnes, the band’s first release was a harshly political eponymous EP featuring tracks such as “Superficial Love,” “World War III” and “Abolish Government.”

After their debut 4 song T.S.O.L. in 1979 and 1980 they released Dance with Me. They later signed to independent label Alternative Tentacles, for which they released the Weathered Statues 7″ extended play and the Beneath the Shadows album which featured, for the first time, keyboard player Greg Kuehn.

The band became friends with Guns N’ Roses and T.S.O.L. t-shirts can be seen in the GNR video for “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, most notably on drummer Steven Adler. They followed up with an album in a similar style, titled Hit and Run. Before it was released, original guitarist Ron Emory quit the band, leaving Mike Roche as the sole original member.

T.S.O.L. were joined briefly by guitarist Scotty Phillips, who quit before the band started recording the follow-up to Hit and Run. They eventually hired former Dino’s Revenge guitar player and actor Marshall Rohner. They released a blues-metal album titled Strange Love in 1990. Mike Roche quit shortly before the album release, leaving no original member in the band. A compilation album entitled Hell and Back Together 1984–1990 was issued in 1992 with an emphasis on their metal era. Murphy Karges, later of Sugar Ray, briefly replaced Roche on bass as did Josh Also.

In 1996, most of the original members settled down and realized that they still had a passion for their music and that fans wanted them to reunite. In 1999, they fought with Wood for rights to the name and won before joining the Vans Warped Tour, playing for the first time in years under the name T.S.O.L.

They are an independent band under the Nitro Records banner, which was started by Offspring vocalist Dexter Holland, for whom T.S.O.L. is cited as an influence.