Frodis Records Pop Archive Series, their first release.
For the first time on vinyl:
THE TOMS - Fake Christmas 7"
One weekend in 1979, New Jersey producer Tommy Marolda decided to challenge himself. A cancellation at his home recording studio had given him two free days to write and record as many songs as he could, as fast as he could. Over the course of the weekend, Marolda finished 40 tracks by himself, releasing his favorite twelve as a full-length album, titled simply The Toms.
35 years later, Marolda -- as a writer, producer, and arranger -- has worked with the likes of Imagine Dragons, the Killers, Rod Stewart, the Smithereens, Richie Sambora, Frank Stallone, Peter Noone, Elton John, Cher, and Harry Nilsson. His work on the soundtrack to the film Staying Alive even earned him a Grammy nomination. But Marolda never gave up the Toms moniker, using it to intermittently release handcrafted pop in the vein of his 1979 album, now a cult power pop classic.
"Fake Christmas," an A-plus pop song, originally appeared as a bonus track on Marolda's album of Beatlesque holiday tunes, Classic Christmas Songs With a Dash of Pepper. The B-Side is a 1985 re-recorded demo of "It's Needless," which originally turned up as a bonus track on Not Lame's 2-CD reissue of The Toms. Out of print for much of the last decade, both tracks have recently resurfaced on iTunes, but this is the first time either has seen life on wax.
COLLECTOR-SCUM VITAL STATS:
- Limited, numbered pressing of 500 copies
- Liner notes featuring a comprehensive Toms discography with new commentary by Tom himself