THE THROBS The language of thieves and vagabonds 1991 Geffen 32o kbps
Underground / Come down sister / It's not the end of the world / Dreamin' / Honeychild / Rip it up / Ocean of love / Only way out / Sweet addiction / Ecstasy* / Strange behaviour .
Produced by Bob Ezrin & Dick Wagner .
The Throbs : Sweetheart : vocals / Roger Ericson : guitar & baglama / Danny Nordahl : bass / Ronnie Magri : drums + Little Richard : piano*.
The late 80's/early 90's produced quite a few bands which didn't gain the success they deserved and whose albums are considered to be lost classics. Signed to Geffen, they were considered to be the next Guns N'Roses, but stardom never struck and a band-life full of decadence led to the group's early demise.
Listening to "The Language Of Thieves And Vagabonds" now, you won't be surprised that this band just couldn't last long. These 11 tracks (two of which are previously unreleased demos) are sleazy rock songs which are heavily influenced by drugs, living on the streets and of course the Rolling Stones. Just listen to The Throbs "Honey Child", which sounds like an unofficial follow-up to the Stones "Wild Horses" or the rocking "Ecstasy" and you'll get the idea.
Much like other bands back then such as The Quireboys or The Dogs D'Amour, these guys didn't want to get a piece of the pie of the hair metal pie, their goal was to make a timeless Rock'n'Roll classic. And what can I say now, 17 years later? Well, yep, they managed to achieve that! " The Language Of Thieves And Vagabonds" still sounds fresh, gritty, and most of all, honest. And while in my eyes this album still is over-hyped, it sums up what true Rock'n'Roll is all about. Now what about that second unreleased album?