Tom Holliston

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Tom Holliston
Background information
Born (1960-04-21) April 21, 1960 (age 55)
Genres Punk, progressive rock, punk jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1978–present
Labels Alternative Tentacles, Wrong Records, Southern Records
Associated acts Pat Bay and the Malahats, Showbusiness Giants, The Hanson Brothers, NoMeansNo, Tom Holliston & His Opportunists
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul

Tom Holliston (born April 21, 1960) is a Canadian punk rock musician.[1] Primarily associated with the bands NoMeansNo and The Hanson Brothers, he also leads the side project Showbusiness Giants,[1] and has released four solo records since 2002.[2]

Showbusiness Giants, a rotating collective of guest musicians which included Scott Henderson,[3] John Wright,[1] Andy Kerr, Carolyn Mark,[1] Ken Kempster, Keith Rose[3] and Ford Pier[4] became best-known for the single "I've Got a Crush on Wendy Mesley", from the album Let's Have a Talk With the Dead, which was a hit on Canada's campus radio charts in 1995.[1]


with Showbusiness Giants[edit]

  • 1988 - Gold Love (cassette)
  • 1989 - The Benevolent Horn (cassette)
  • 1991 - I Thought It Was a Fig
  • 1991 - Maybe It's Just Me
  • 1995 - Let's Have a Talk With the Dead
  • 1997 - Will There Be Corn?
  • 2000 - Self-Aggrandizement Keeps Us Going


  • 2002 - Tom Holliston and His Opportunists
  • 2003 - I Want You To Twist With Me
  • 2005 - Boy in Tub; Rabbit
  • 2011 - Rotherhithe


  1. ^ a b c d e "Down time good time for Holliston solo tour". Calgary Herald, September 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "NoMeansNo guitarist on solo sojourn". Regina Leader-Post, September 12, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Show Business Giants at AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Musical chameleon stands out". The Province, July 20, 2009.

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