A Dozen of Ted Leo's Most Intriguing Qualities

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Theodore Francis Leo just refuses to write bad songs. While it might be true that the infectious "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?" is better than some of the other rockist enticements he's come up with over the years, it's damned near impossible to find any clunkers from more than a decade's worth of work under the Ted Leo & the Pharmacists moniker. As for his earlier work, Puzzlehead haters can crawl back into their holes.

Now that the articulate punk vet (Chisel, Citizen's Arrest) is coming back to South Florida for a show at Churchill's on October 30 -- his first in the area since 2007 -- it's the ideal time to get into the many fascinating components of the Leo.

UPDATED: There are now a baker's dozen below.
12. He's a great interviewer. J. Mascis gives him absolutely nothing to work with, but Leo just keeps going. Even gets a dig in there against lazy journalists!

11. He wrote "Fuck Foghat" on this poster.

10. He recently performed a ten-year anniversary show in New York for 2001's full-length debut with the Pharmacists, The Tyranny of Distance. This gradual descent into batshit riffage is one of its finest moments -- and Leo at his muscular best.

9. He's funny on the Twitter.

Quick poll: how many ppl want my next record to sound like 1974 heavy riffage proto-punk glam + late '80s post-hXc + tender Irish baladry?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

8. Regarding the last point, he really does like "The Sick Bed of Cúchulaínn" by the Pogues, a lot.

7. He can throw down with a bottle and admitted to it while battling a norovirus during an interview I conducted with him a few years ago regarding a song about a situation like that.

If they put that bottle in your hand, would you be able to fight back?
I don't want to get myself in trouble here, but I would know how to use it.

Anyhow, this would've been handy during a run-in with Iggy Pop's road crew ten years ago, but Ted was wise enough to deflect such invitations for violence.

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