By Aaron Leitko
Apparently, Ted Leo is a finite commodity. And he's starting to run out. Yesterday the singer/songwriter and D.I.Y. stalwart hinted to Buzz Grinder that his days as a full-time musician might be winding down. "I'm going to be totally honest with you. By next year, there's no way I'm going to be able to be on tour like I have been these last few years," said Leo. "There's no way I'm going to be able to keep writing and recording and playing music."
Today Leo straightened things out on his blog, writing that, although he intends to keep making music for a long time to come, he just can't keep up the band's breakneck touring pace into his golden years. "It's true – there's no way we can continue forever as we have – but that doesn't mean we won't continue in some other way," wrote Leo.
But how is he going to pay the bills? Click Track put our heads together and came up with a few ideas:
-MTV Twitter Jockey: Ted Leo is the most Twitter-friendly guy in indie rock. He's on there practically 24/7 talking up shows, taking requests, and telling you what he had for dinner. He's on there more than Kevin Durant, even. That ought to put him in pretty good standing to be MTV's first ever Twitter Jockey, a position the network advertised for last month. It's only a one year contract, but at least the money's good.
-New Jersey Tourism Spokesperson: Prevailing opinion holds that New Jersey is a place to get away from, not to go to. But Ted Leo reps hard for the Garden State. "It's got cultural microclimates," Leo told the New York Times in a piece on New Jersey's music scene. "It's not this big monolith of Springsteen and guidos." That's the nicest thing anybody's said about the place since ... ever? The state tourism board should take advantage of his passion.
-Recurring Character on Children's Television Program: Even in these trying times, there's one thing that Ted Leo always has: enthusiasm. He's an energetic can-do guy. And one place that's perpetually in need of enthusiasm is children's television. Hey, it worked for Ringo Starr . Maybe there's space for Leo as a recurring character on "Yo Gabba Gabba." He could be a Crass-loving train conductor, maybe? John Reis, the guitarist from defunct San Diego rockers Rocket From the Crypt, is a regular guest. Is Ted Leo really much of a stretch?
-Life Coach: After he was through singing "Party Til You Puke," Andrew W.K. made a career switch. Now he's a motivational-guru, holding successful speaking engagements, rather than a face-smashing metal-guru. But his message is still pretty party-centric. But Ted Leo is genuinely passionate about noble and important things -- veganism, D.I.Y.-ethics, and progressive politics. He should have no trouble making a living on the lecture circuit or writing a self-help book along the lines of "12 Steps Toward Being a High Functioning Positive Punk."