Andy Paley is an American record producer and musician, who has been active since the late 1960s. His work includes stints as a producer for Madonna, the Ramones, Jonathan Richman, Debbie Harry and Brian Wilson.
Paley began performing in his early teens as a drummer and singer for local Albany NY area bands. He was a founding member of and the drummer for the Boston, Massachusetts band, Catfish Black, which also included future Modern Lovers members Jerry Harrison and Ernie Brooks. The band was renamed the Sidewinders and was later joined by Billy Squier. The band performed around Boston and in NYC at venues like Max's Kansas City. They released an album, produced by Lenny Kaye, which featured songs written and sung by Paley. The Sidewinders broke up in the mid-1970s. Paley then played on Elliott Murphy's album Night Lights, and performed with Jonathan Richman after the break-up of the original Modern Lovers.
Andy went on to form The Paley Brothers with his brother Jonathan - a guitar player and singer who also was part of the early Boston punk scene, and had played with Boston and NYC bands like The Nervous Eaters and Mong. The Paley Brothers toured extensively and released a self-titled album in 1978, produced by Sire Records founder, Seymour Stein. One track on the album: "Baby, Let's Stick Together" was produced by Phil Spector. The album is referred to as "power pop" by some, with the punk and straight rock roots of the brothers mixed in. The Paley Brothers also recorded a single with the Ramones (another of Stein's Sire groups): "Come On Let's Go" that was included on the Ramones' Rock and Roll High School soundtrack.
After signing with Sire—also home to Madonna, The Dead Boys and The Talking Heads—The Paley Brothers opened for Shaun Cassidy at arenas including Madison Square Garden. They also achieved an underground cult following prior to disbanding in the early ‘80s, when Andy focused on songwriting, session work and record production and worked with Madonna, k.d. lang, Brian Wilson, Mandy Barnett, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Brenda Lee, Little Richard and many others.
In 1979, Paley played guitar on Jonathan Richman's album Back in Your Life, and continued to perform on and off with Richman and later incarnations of the Modern Lovers, and produce many of their recordings, through the 1980s.
Paley has worked extensively and co-written with Brian Wilson. In 1988 he also produced Brian Wilson's comeback solo album, and continued to work with Wilson on unreleased material in the 1990s. He co-wrote numerous tracks on Brian's 2004 Album "Gettin' In Over My Head".
He produced the soundtracks for Dick Tracy (1990) and A Walk on the Moon (1999) and wrote the original music for Traveller (1997, starring Bill Paxton). In 2009 he contributed to the soundtrack of World's Greatest Dad, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and starring Robin Williams. He also wrote the musical score for Season One of Showtime's The L Word.
Palely continues to write and produce the music for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. Currently, he also leads the three-piece Andy Paley Orchestra, which provides the music for The Thrilling Adventure & Supernatural Suspense Hour, a theater group in Los Angeles which performs original stage productions in the style of old radio melodramas.
Paley, and his brother Jonathan released a compilation album: The Paley Brothers: The Complete Recordings in the fall of '13. The album is a compilation that includes 11 tracks of previously unreleased songs, along with all of the tracks from the '78 Paley Brothers album.