Toby Toman

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Toby Toman
Also known as Toby, Toby Tomanov
Origin Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock, new wave, post-punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970's – present
Associated acts Primal Scream
John Cooper Clarke
The Nosebleeds
The Durutti Column
The Invisible Girls
Blue Orchids

Toby Toman,[1] is a drummer who played with various British bands including The Nosebleeds, Ludus, The Durutti Column, Blue Orchids, and Primal Scream,[2] working often with German singer Nico, known for her role with The Velvet Underground, while she was living in Manchester, England through the 1980s.


Toby comes from Wythenshawe, Manchester. There he attended school with Ed Garrity and Pete Crooks, with whom he shared musical interests. These three formed Wild Ram,[3] which evolved into Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds, shortly after guitarist Vini Reilly joined. Although known in the Manchester area, they only released one single "Ain't Bin To No Music School", in 1977. After the release of the single, Garrity and Reilly left the band, being replaced by Morrissey (later The Smiths singer and successful solo artist) and Billy Duffy (later of The Cult). The new band split up shortly afterward.

After The Nosebleeds dissolved, Toby joined Ludus, led by singer and design artist Linder Sterling. By 1980, Toby was working again with his former Nosebleeds bandmates, Pete Crooks and Vini Reilly in The Durutti Column, a band led by Reilly, releasing their debut album, The Return of the Durutti Column. Shortly thereafter, Toby left The Durutti Column and Ludus, worked briefly with The Invisible Girls, then worked in the backing bands for John Cooper Clarke, Pauline Murray and Nico, playing drums on the song "Procession" from the eponymous single, performed by the band alongside Nico.[4] He worked for more than five years in the subsequent Nico discs, including the discs which the latter made with Blue Orchids as backing band; Toby joined that group by the time.

During the late eighties and early nineties, Toby played with Primal Scream notably on their most successful albums, Screamadelica and Give Out But Don't Give Up


  1. ^ Strong M. C. The great rock discography. P. 222. Giunti, 1998. ISBN 88-09-21522-2, ISBN 978-88-09-21522-1
  2. ^ Toby Toman discography at Discogs
  3. ^ Interview in Punk 77
  4. ^ Nico & The Invisible Girls – Procession