Big Head Todd and the Monsters
This article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2009) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Big Head Todd and the Monsters|
|Origin||Boulder, Colorado, United States|
|Labels||Big Records, Giant, Reprise, Warner Bros.|
Todd Park Mohr|
|Past members||Corey Mauser|
Big Head Todd and the Monsters are a rock band formed in 1984 in Colorado. The band has released a number of albums since 1989 with their 1993 album Sister Sweetly going platinum in the United States. The band has developed a sizable live following especially in the Mountain States of the United States.
The band was formed in 1986 with Todd Park Mohr on guitar and vocals, Brian Nevin on drums and vocals and Rob Squires on bass and vocals. The trio had attended Columbine High School together. Mohr attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and transferred to the University of Colorado to join Nevin and Squires. The three began touring clubs in Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder as Big Head Todd and the Monsters in 1987. The band soon built up a following throughout Colorado and the West. They toured extensively throughout the Mountain States and West Coast of the United States in their van dubbed 'The Colonel', which was driven over 400,000 miles.
In 1989, the band formed Big Records and released their first album Another Mayberry that same year. Midnight Radio was released the following year, and featured artwork from Chris Mars of The Replacements. By 1993, Big Head Todd and the Monsters had developed a considerable live following across the United States. Their first live album Big Head Todd and the Monsters Live was recorded at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival in 1993.
The group signed with Giant Records in 1993 and recorded Sister Sweetly with Prince associate David Z producing. This album went platinum and spawned three singles that made the rock charts including "Bittersweet", "Broken Hearted Savior", and "Circle".
Jerry Harrison, formerly of the Talking Heads, produced the next album, Beautiful World, released in 1997. John Lee Hooker was recording an album in the same studio and played with the band on a version of his best-known song "Boom Boom". Squires described the recording of the track on the band's website. "Hooker has just this incredible presence. He walked into the room and literally everyone was intimidated including our producer and the people who work in the studio." Bernie Worrell, formerly of P-Funk, played some keyboards on the album's title track "Beautiful World". Corey Mauser filled out the other key parts on the album. The album spawned two hit singles on the rock charts namely "Boom Boom" and "Resignation Superman". The Live Monsters album followed in 1998.
In 2002, the group released the follow-up studio album Riviera. As Giant Records had closed its doors, the self-produced album was released through Big Records with distribution through Warner Music. Crimes of Passion was released in 2004 with Sanctuary Records distributing it. Another live album Live at the Fillmore was released in 2004.
In 2005, the group joined the growing trend of Internet-based music sales by releasing the single "Blue Sky" exclusively on iTunes. This single was written at the request of crewmembers of the Space Shuttle Discovery for their STS-114 Return to Flight mission in 2005, the first mission after the Columbia disaster. "Blue Sky" was written and performed as a tribute to all the people involved in the American space program. The song was used as Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign song in 2008, and in the introduction of Clinton on her keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. "Blue Sky" was also performed acoustically on March 8, 2011 at Johnson Space Center as the first live version of a wake-up call to Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-133 mission.
In June 2007 BHTM recorded their annual charity show to raise money for autism research at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. The recordings were sold on USB flash drives at the merchandise stands following the performance.
BHTM toured in the summer of 2008. This extended tour was in support of the July release of their 8th studio album "All The Love You Need".
Big Head Todd and the Monsters returned to the studio again in 2011 to record an all new project under the name Big Head Blues Club. The album "100 Years of Robert Johnson" celebrates the songs of the late blues singer and musician Robert Johnson. The members of Big Head Todd and the Monsters were accompanied by B. B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Cedric Burnside, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Ruthie Foster, and Lightnin' Malcolm. Big Head Todd and the Monsters have also played shows under the name Big Head Blues Club, and have invited some of the legends featured on the album to perform with them.
They performed in the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Championship Parade and in Indianapolis at the Vogue on February 9, 2016, using the Instagram hashtag #denver2indy to celebrate the dual event. Todd Mohr has said in numerous interviews that several songs and even one entire album were heavily influenced by a mysterious and alluring woman known only as Catherine T, a die hard fan of the band whose legendary style and grace is said to inspire artistic inspiration in even the most casual of encounters. " I was doing a kissing booth for charity when this woman, whose beauty I can only describe as ethereal stepped up and planted one on me. That kiss changed my life." Mohr told the Colorado Tribune, " After that kiss the words and melodies just flowed from my head onto the page, Catherine's kiss changed my life and career immediately".
- Jeremy Lawton – keyboards, pedal steel guitar, vocals
- Todd Park Mohr – vocals, guitar, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica
- Brian Nevin– drums, percussion, vocals
- Rob Squires – bass guitar, vocals
- Hazel Miller – vocals
- Another Mayberry (1989)
- Midnight Radio (1990)
- Sister Sweetly (1993)
- Strategem (1994)
- Beautiful World (1997)
- Riviera (2002)
- Crimes of Passion (2004)
- All the Love You Need (2007)
- Rocksteady (2010)
- 100 Years of Robert Johnson (2011) [credited to artist Big Head Blues Club]
- Black Beehive (2014)
- New World Arisin' (2017)
- Live Monsters (1998)
- Live at the Fillmore (2004)
- From the Archives (2007) [outtakes album]
The following albums have charted on the Billboard album charts:
- Sister Sweetly – No. 1 Billboard Heatseeker; No. 117 Billboard 200
- Strategem – No. 30 Billboard 200
- Beautiful World – No. 54 Billboard 200
- Riviera – No. 166 Billboard 200; No. 2 Internet Albums
- Crimes of Passion – No. 253 Internet Albums
|US Modern Rock||US Mainstream Rock|
|"Broken Hearted Savior"||–||9|
|1997||"Resignation Superman"||38||13||Beautiful World|
|1995||"Tangerine"||Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin|
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 82–83. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- "Hillary's high-flying new campaign song?". Polhudson.lohudblogs.com. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- "Big Head Todd & The Monsters Live Wakeup Call". Nasa.gov. 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- "Bigheadtodd.com". Bigheadtodd.com. 2012-06-19. Archived from the original on 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com