Ted Leo performing at the 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
|Birth name||Theodore Francis Leo|
September 11, 1970 |
South Bend, Indiana
|Genres||Punk rock, hardcore punk, power pop, indie rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, guitarist|
|Associated acts||Citizens Arrest, Chisel, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Both|
Ted Leo is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman and lead guitarist of punk rock group Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and in 2013, he and Aimee Mann formed the indie rock duo The Both.
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists was formed in 1999 in Washington, D.C. The group recorded six studio albums between 1999 and 2010. Leo has also maintained a consistent presence as a solo performer since the 1990s.
In early 2013, Leo and Aimee Mann formed a duo called The Both, after Leo had toured with Mann for several months as her supporting act. He and Mann began writing songs together, and in March 2013, the duo performed their first show together as The Both (originally formatted as the hashtag #BOTH). Their self-titled debut album, The Both, was released in April 2014.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Leo grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where his family was from, and spent many formative years in the hardcore punk scene of New York City during the 1980s and early 1990s. He graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange in 1988 and the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 1993 with a degree in English.
Leo is a vegan, and has served as a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He makes frequent radio appearances as a contributor to programs on WFMU, most notably to Tom Scharpling's The Best Show on WFMU.
- Puzzlehead 7" (1991)
With Animal Crackers
- Split 7" with Whipped (1991)
- Self Titled 4 Song 7" on Thrashing Mad Records
With Citizens Arrest
- A Light In The Distance 88–90 (1995)
- Soaked in Others Blood (2011)
- Nothing New (April 1995; Gern Blandsten)
- 8 A.M. All Day (January 1996; Gern Blandsten)
- Set You Free (April 1997; Gern Blandsten)
With Hell No
- Reformer 7" (1991)
- Skin Job Lp (1992)
- "Hell No" (1992)
With Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
- tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists (September 1999; Gern Blandsten)
- Treble in Trouble (September 2000; Ace Fu Records)
- The Tyranny of Distance (June 2001; Lookout! Records)
- Hearts of Oak (February 2003; Lookout! Records)
- Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead (October 2003; Lookout! Records)
- Shake the Sheets (October 2004; Lookout! Records)
- Living with the Living (March 2007; Touch & Go Records)
- Rapid Response (September 2008; Touch & Go Records)
- The Brutalist Bricks (March 2010; Matador Records) U.S. #114
With The Both
- The Both (April 2014; SuperEgo Records)
- This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul (October 2005; Razor & Tie)
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- Lomax, John Nova (April 16, 2007). "Gang of New Jersey: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists mingle rampant Europhilia with American Girl". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
Bloomfield, Leo's hometown, is just west of New York City and just north of Newark.
- Almond, Steve (March 29, 2007). "Ted Leo". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
It's virtually impossible to figure out how Ted Leo became, you know, Ted Leo. Born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Leo graduated from Seton Hall Prep and received a degree in English from Notre Dame. He is now a strict vegan and plays socially conscious punk music.
- Boylan, J. Gabriel (April 2, 2007). "Never Mind the Politics, Here’s Ted Leo!". New York Observer. Archived from the original on 2014-04-11.
- PETA2. "Ted Leo's Living With The Living". Archived from the original on 2015-11-06.
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