Les Thugs, formed in 1983 in France, played punk-pop built around
the vocals of Eric Sourice and the guitar of Thierry Meanard.
The album Radical Hystery (Closer, 1986), with
Never Get Older ;
the mini-album Electric Troubles (Vinyl Solution, 1987), with
with Chess and Crimes;
the EP Dirty White Race (Vinyl Solution, 1988), with
I Need You ;
the album Still Hungry (Vinyl Solution, 1990), with
Little Vera's Song and the album
I.A.B.F. (Vinyl Solution, 1991), with
I Love You So (possibly their masterpiece),
marked the progression from the amateurish beginnings
to a more mature power-pop sound.
The double album As Happy As Possible (Vinyl Solution, 1993), with
August and As Happy As , opened the major phase of the band,
that slumped with Strike (Roadrunner, 1996) and its lukewarm
Allez Les Filles , but quickly recovered with
Nineteen Something (Labels, 1997 - Subpop, 1998), with
Tout Doit Disparaitre (Labels, 1999) is their last album.
Les Thugs, unable to overtake the originals, never truly achieved punk grandeur.
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