Toby Dammit

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Toby Dammit (born Lawrence Edward Crooke, December 13, 1966, Knoxville, Tennessee), is an American producer, composer and percussionist. He has often been credited as Larry Mullins, his adopted name.[1] He is currently performing live as drummer with Iggy and The Stooges.


In 1990 he appeared as Larry Mullins on his first professionally released album with the band The Ringling Sisters, produced by Lou Adler (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cheech & Chong, Mamas & Papas). Dammit is best known as Larry Mullins for his 1990–1999 collaboration with Iggy Pop as his drummer. During this time, he recorded three albums with Iggy Pop: (American Caesar, Naughty Little Doggie and Avenue B) and made several soundtrack appearances: (Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare, Fast Track to Nowhere, The Crow: City of Angels, Coffee and Cigarettes, Monster Men - Space Goofs). His percussion work appeared throughout the entire score for Johnny Depp's film The Brave starring Marlon Brando. During this period, Dammit also toured extensively with Iggy Pop and performed at more than 700 concerts worldwide together. Their legendary live concert at the original Paris Olympia in 1991 was released as the DVD Kiss My Blood and serves as a genuine document of their energetic work together.

He joined the New York City-based Swans in 1995, again as Larry Mullins and continued to work with front man Michael Gira after he disbanded Swans and formed The Angels of Light. In all Dammit collaborated on ten releases with Gira.

For years, rumors have circulated regarding his musical collaborations with The Residents, although he has denied any details of involvement, often preferring to refer interviewers to The Cryptic Corporation. Toby Dammit is credited on numerous releases by The Residents as a "sound contributor" but his actual contributions to these releases remain unclear.

He has worked on many other feature films as both a composer or musician, including: School of Rock, Premium Rush, End of Watch, Capitalism: A Love Story, Apple Jack, Monsieur N., Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, Eierdiebe, Dead Dogs Lie and most recently Dead Man Down.

In 2000, Toby Dammit started a Hamburg-based record company with The Residents European label impresario Guido Randzio called Hit Thing Records specializing in rare re-issues by Yello, Die Haut & Nick Cave, Liaisons Dangereuses and Georges Montalba as well as his own collaborations with Thomas Wydler of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Luther Hawkins.

In 2011, he was invited to join Iggy and the Stooges onstage in England and has remained their live drummer for 60 concerts worldwide to date.

Throughout his career, he has worked with a number of international artists, notably in France, including: Bertrand Burgalat, Keren Ann, A.S Dragon, Paul Personne, Marie Modiano, ZAZ, MeLL, Raphael, Chloe Mons, Fred Avril, Rosemary Standley, Brisa Roché, Ndidi Onukwulu. Outside of France, he has worked with: Ely Guerra from Mexico City, - Stephan Eicher from Bern, Switzerland, - Rufus Wainwright from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, - Jessie Evans (singer) as well as Mark Eitzel from San Francisco, California, - Cano Caoli as well as Masatoshi Nagase from Tokyo, Japan, - Peter von Poehl from Malmö, Sweden, - Depedro from Madrid, Spain, - Arno from Brussels, Belgium, - Jesse Malin from Queens, New York, - Bee and Flower from New York City, - Dave Sardy from Brooklyn, New York, - April March as well as Chuck E. Weiss from Los Angeles, California, - Mount Sims from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, - Anna Clementi from Rome, Italy, - N'Dea Davenport from Atlanta, Georgia, - Alex Maas as well as Okkervil River from Austin, Texas, - Frank Black from Boston, Massachusetts, - The Living Things from St.Louis, Missouri, - Both Ben Becker and his sister Meret Becker as well as Katharina Franck from Berlin, Deutschland - Lydia Lunch from Rochester, New York, - Gemma Ray from Basildon, England, - MSTRKRFT from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, - Serena-Maneesh, Turbonegro, The Last Hurrah, Eirin Kinn, Kjartan Kristiansen, and Sivert Høyem from Oslo, Norway, - Sharon Corr from Dundalk, Ireland, - Miguel Bosé from Panama City, Panama, and most recently Edyta Bartosiewicz from Warszawa, Poland.

An extensive chronological discography and tour date history can be found on the official Toby Dammit website.[2]



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