Tokyo Police Club - Champ
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2010 Ratings: #352 / 875
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2010 Ratings: #124
June 8, 2010 / Release Date
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Mom + Pop / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Newmarket, Ontario's Tokyo Police Club released their debut EP A Lesson In Crime in 2006. For a band who made their name through minute-and-a-half songs and music blog buzz, that's an awfully long time ago.


In Internet years, Tokyo Police Club are just about ready for retirement. As a group of underage buddies from the Toronto suburbs, their antsy take on post-Strokes rock was an easy upload for music blogs upon the 2006 release of their snappy A Lesson in Crime EP. Back then, their chances of living beyond the next Hype Machine cycle was anyone's guess, and any notions of longevity seemed moot for a band that preferred to wrap things up around the two-minute mark. But as other 2006 indie upstarts like Annuals, Be Your Own Pet, and Voxtrot have blown up or faded away, Tokyo Police Club endure. This is not a coincidence.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Toronto’s Tokyo Police Club were one of the earlier pioneers of blog buzz, forming in 2005 and grabbing mentions on vapid reality shows like The Hills only a couple of years later; thus their commercial appeal. TPC’s high-energy, anthemic guitar pop may not be overly complicated, nor are their shows unpredictable, but their music is kind of like that old boyfriend you keep going back to: they’re dependable, but not challenging. TPC’s records often fall on the safe side — that is to say, catchy and appropriate for a beer-buzzed summertime BBQ, but that’s about it.

Listened to this so much growing up- still slaps
Favorite tracks:
Favourite Food, Wait Up (Boots of Danger), Bambi (10)

Rated on: March 18, 2020
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Track List

  1. Favourite Food 
  2. Favourite Colour 
  3. Breakneck Speed 
  4. Wait Up (Boots of Danger)
  5. Bambi 
  6. End of a Spark 
  7. Hands Reversed
  8. Gone 
  9. Big Difference
  10. Not Sick
  11. Frankenstein
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