The Tyranny of Distance (album)

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The Tyranny of Distance
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Tyranny of Distance cover.jpg
Studio album by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Released June 19, 2001
Genre Indie rock
Length 48:51
Label Lookout!
Producer Brendan Canty
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists chronology
tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists
The Tyranny of Distance
Hearts of Oak
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 8.5/10[2]

The Tyranny of Distance is the second album by American rock band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, released in 2001 by Lookout! Records. It was the group's first album as a full band, as their previous album tej leo(?), Rx / pharmacists had been a solo effort by singer/guitarist Ted Leo. The album's title comes from a lyric in the Split Enz song "Six Months in a Leaky Boat", which the band later covered twice: first as a Leo solo on the EP Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead in 2003, and again as a full band on 2005's Sharkbite Sessions.


Online music magazine Pitchfork Media placed The Tyranny of Distance at number 120 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Biomusicology" – 4:18
  2. "Parallel or Together?" – 4:56
  3. "Under the Hedge" – 3:20
  4. "Dial Up" – 4:04
  5. "Timorous Me" – 4:34
  6. "Stove by a Whale" – 7:59
  7. "The Great Communicator" – 3:16
  8. "Squeaky Fingers" – 3:37
  9. "M¥ Vien iLin" – 2:43
  10. "The Gold Finch and the Red Oak Tree" – 1:54
  11. "St. John the Divine" – 6:39
  12. "You Could Die (Or This Might End)" – 1:30


  1. ^ Cavalieri, Nate. "The Tyranny of Distance – Ted Leo". AllMusic. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Rockermann, Kristin Sage; Chanko, Chip (May 31, 2001). "Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: The Tyranny of Distance". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009.