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Toxic Shame - 2002 Tender Loving Abuse

Deon Du Toit - vocals, guitars, bass
Jon Buckley - lead guitars, backing vocals, bass, keyboards

Melodic Rock only commands a tiny portion of the South African music market, so it was no surprise when Toxic Shame's classic first release 'Full Circle' met with luke warm response on the sales front and outright derision from the cynical South African music press two years ago. Enter 2002 and the follow up album is selling incredibly well with a new label and #1 smash single still on the radio. How did this turnaround happen? A moderate concession to modern tendencies fused with the familiar melodic rock elements we know and love. This is the end result.

The Songs
'Silent Movie' has been the biggest rock anthem in South Africa this year, having commanded the #1 position on the vote generated Hi 5 @ 5 (top 25) chart on national radio 5fm. Built around an infectious hook and menacingly delivered vocals/verse, the convincingly sung anthem chorus takes on majestic proportions, small wonder it's captured a nation. 'Circles' is a little more restrained in tempo and a lot closer to classic AOR/melodic rock with another harmonised chorus comparable to classic 1984 Dakota. The title track incorporates some modern/hi tech tendencies into an uptempo examination of relationship troubles, irresistible the more you listen to it. 'Me' is immediately reminiscent of the mid 80's smash 'Let's Go All The Way' by Sly Fox, plenty of hi tech ingredients are included to augment the catchy arrangement. 'Book Of Love' returns us to more deliberate AOR terrain similar to 'Circles', using graceful verses and a yearning chorus perfect for radio play. 'Shopping With A Shotgun' inhabits more ambient territory with an underlying menace to match the lyrics - dealing with the realities of living in a crime ridden country. Having said all that, there are hooks and melodies of the highest calibre on offer and it makes for a killer show opener! 'How Does It Feel' propels itself along at a stately midtempo, featuring the calibre of vocal harmonies that would make The Eagles and Venice envious. The sensationally arranged 'Still Small Voice' occupies the power ballad slot, while midtempo gems 'Free' and 'Love' round out a remarkable second (official) album.

In Summary
The irony is obvious - in a recent interview with us, these guys were frustrated at a relative lack of success after years of hard work, but the tide has finally turned and there seems to be no stopping them now. Since South African titles are sometimes hard to track down, we've sourced an online retailer for your convenience - this essential slice of South African rock is available now at


Track Listing:
01 Silent Movie
02 Devils Daughter
03 Sittin'
04 Circles
05 The Night Lives In Your Eyes
06 Time
07 Still Small Voice
08 Free
09 Book Of Love
10 Tender Loving Abuse

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#1 | swazi on February 21 2012 13:03:00
Well, the band seems to have gone the download route, with Rhythm Online. Sad And there is no artwork included, unfortunately. Sad Hmmm ..., paying R126 for a mp3 CD and no artwork ? I don't think so ..!
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