Stu Thomas

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Stu Thomas
Birth nameStuart David Thomas
GenresRock n Roll, pop
Occupation(s)Rock singer, musician, songwriter, soundtrack composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, film-maker
InstrumentsBass guitar, baritone guitar, guitar, trumpet, vocals
Years active1979-current
LabelsBar Hum Bug, BANG!, audrey
Associated actsThe Stu Thomas Paradox, Stu & The Celestials, Dave Graney, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Kim Salmon and The Business, dave graney and the mistLY, The Lurid Yellow Mist, The Scientists, SALMON, The Royal Dave Graney Show, The Brass Bed, Organism, Bloodline, Crumpet, Billy Miller, Luxedo, Jane Dust, Barb Waters, Dan Brodie, The Dames, Julitha Ryan, Penny Ikinger, Mick Harvey, Mikelangelo, Go Go Sapien, The Spoils, Hope Addicts.
Websitethestuthomasparadox.bandcamp.com

Stu David Thomas is an Australian musician, b.1967 in Canberra, raised in Perth, and currently based in Melbourne.

He is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, singer, composer, arranger, producer, bass player, guitarist and trumpet player, and holds a Diploma of Music.

Stu performs solo or with his band as The Stu Thomas Paradox,[1] performing mainly in Australia, with appearances in Europe and New Zealand. He has released two solo albums to date: "Devil and Daughter"[2] (2004 Audrey Records,[3] Australia, and 2007 Bang! Records, Spain)[4] and "Escape From Algebra"[5] (2010 Bar Hum Bug Records, Australia), and one EP "Resonance" (2001 Audrey Records). In 2014, he self-released the "Stu plays Lee" EP,[6] following very successful shows in Melbourne playing the music of Lee Hazlewood. An abridged version, renamed "Stu Thomas plays Lee Hazlewood", was released in 2015 as a limited edition 8-inch clear vinyl EP on Stu's own Bar Hum Bug label, with performances in Darwin and Adelaide.

Stu is well known for his work as a bass player, he has played in a large variety of bands since 1979, and came to wider public attention in late 1995 when he joined Kim Salmon & The Surrealists.[7] He also played with Kim Salmon in The Business, and SALMON, as well as in Salmon's solo band, and Kim Salmon Plays The Scientists. Stu found further acclaim when he joined The Royal Dave Graney[8] Show, who metamorphosised into Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist[9] in 2004, who later metamorphosised into Dave Graney & The mistLY. Stu has also been part of Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, playing bass since their re-formation in 2015. He has played across the world many times (including Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Cocos Islands), and appeared on many recorded releases (see Discography).

Stu also founded The Brass Bed in 1997, a trash-noir band consisting of brass & rhythm sections, with a notable lack of guitar. The lineup was flexible but in its largest form included 2 trombones, trumpet, clarinet, bass and drums. In its smallest form: trombone, bass and drums. They released the "low key" EP in 1997, the "No Single" 7 inch white vinyl in 1998, "Resonances: Live Film Music" CD in 2000, "Save Your Breath" CD 2001, and "The Super8 Video LP" DVD in 2007.

He has played with, and continues to play with other artistes of note including: Dave Graney, Clare Moore, Kim Salmon, Mick Harvey, Julitha Ryan, Penny Ikinger, The Dames, Billy Miller, Little John, Barb Waters, Dan Brodie, Hope Addicts, Red Lantern, The Spoils (band), Spencer P. Jones, Luxedo.

Stu is a famed proponent of the baritone guitar. He plays a Barracuda[10] by Burns London.

Discography[edit]

2019

ZIPPA DEEDOO WHAT IS/WAS THAT/THIS? album by DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY (Cockaigne)

Harmony & Destiny album by MALCOLM HILL & LIVE FLESH (Independent)

Baby, I Wish Been A Better Pop Star single by DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY (Cockaigne)

Ultrakeef single by DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY (Cockaigne)

2018

Cosmic Love single by MALCOLM HILL & LIVE FLESH (Independent)

I Was Watching The Whole Time album by EDUARDO MILLER (Independent)

Song Of Life single by DAVE GRANEY & CLARE MOORE (Cockaigne)

2017

Let's Get Tight album by DAVE GRANEY & CLARE MOORE (Cockaigne)

The Winter's Journey album by JULITHA RYAN (Independent)

2016

Matey, From On High single by DAVE GRANEY (Cockaigne)

Drifting Donna Reed single by DAVE GRANEY (Cockaigne)

2015

Stu Thomas plays Lee Hazlewood Vinyl EP by STU THOMAS (Bar Hum Bug)

Australia album by BILLY MILLER (Independent)

Play mistLY For Me album by DAVE GRANEY & The mistLY (Cockaigne)

2014

City Of Dreams album by MIKELANGELO (Independent)

Stu plays Lee CDEP by STU THOMAS (Bar Hum Bug)

The Man Is Back: A Tribute Johnny Cash by VARIOUS ARTISTS (Beast Records)

2012

You've Been in My Mind album by DAVE GRANEY & The mistLY (Cockaigne/Fuse)

Space Odyssey – Part I album by JANE DUST (Independent)[11]

Hope Addicts album by HOPE ADDICTS (Independent)

2011

Rock N Roll Is Where I Hide album by DAVE GRANEY & THE LURID YELLOW MIST (Liberation)

2010

Put Your Hands On Me album by LITTLE JOHN (Independent)

Penelope album by PENNY IKINGER (Citadel)

Predate single by KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS (Low Transit Industries/BANG!)

Jane Dust album by JANE DUST (Vitamin)

Bird's Journey single by JANE DUST (Vitamin)

Grand Unifying Theory by KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS (Low Transit Industries/BANG!)

Escape From Algebra by THE STU THOMAS PARADOX (Bar Hum Bug)

2009

Shake Your Derrière / Lost In Space single by THE STU THOMAS PARADOX (Bar Hum Bug)

Live In Hell by DAVE GRANEY & THE LURID YELLOW MIST (digital only release)

Knock Yourself Out album by DAVE GRANEY (Cockaigne/Fuse)

2008

We Wuz Curious album by THE LURID YELLOW MIST feat. DAVE GRANEY & CLARE MOORE (Illustrious Artists/Fuse)

2007

Devil and Daughter (Extra track) album by STU THOMAS (BANG! Records re-issue on digipack & 12" vinyl)[12]

The Super8 Video LP DVD by THE BRASS BED (2007, Bar Hum Bug)

2006

Eat More Baby album by SWEDISH MAGAZINES (Stealth Blonde)

Keepin' It Unreal album by DAVE GRANEY & CLARE MOORE feat. STU D. (Cockaigne/Reverberation)

2005

Hashish & Liquor album by DAVE GRANEY & CLARE MOORE (Cockaigne/Reverberation)

These Beautiful Ghosts album by MARK GARDENER (Sonic Cathedral Records)

Swampbuck Sessions Live (PBSFM)

2004

Free Kicks album by EVEN (El Reno)

Devil and Daughter album by STU THOMAS (Audrey)

2003

In The Valley album by WAYFARING STRANGERS (Independent)

Rosa Duet album by BARB WATERS (Laughing Outlaw)

Resonance EP by STU THOMAS (Audrey)

2002

Take A Bullet single by DAN BRODIE & THE BROKEN ARROWS (EMI)

Jesus Try and Save Me single by DAN BRODIE & THE BROKEN ARROWS (EMI)

2001

You Make Me Wanna Kill single by DAN BRODIE & THE BROKEN ARROWS (EMI)

Empty Arms, Broken Heart album by DAN BRODIE & THE BROKEN ARROWS (EMI)

Hurtsville by album THE SPOILS (Corduroy)

Save Your Breath album by THE BRASS BED (Corduroy)

Triple J: Live And Unleashed album (ABC Music)

2000

Mr Accident SOUNDTRACK album (Serious Entertainment/Festival)

Combination / Love Transfusion split single Picture Disc by THE BRASS BED & LUXEDO (Independent)

I'll Be Around singles by KIM SALMON & THE BUSINESS (Half A Cow)

Disconnected single by KIM SALMON & THE BUSINESS (Half A Cow)

Record album by KIM SALMON & THE BUSINESS (Half A Cow)

Comatosa single by LUXEDO (Corduroy)

City Lights and Road kill album by LUXEDO (Corduroy)

You Really Suck EP by LUXEDO (Corduroy)

Resonances: Live Film Music album by THE BRASS BED (Bar Hum Bug)

1999

Saving Me From Me single by KIM SALMON & THE BUSINESS (Half A Cow)

1998

To Hal & Bacharach – Various Artists album. Australian tribute to Burt Bacharach & Hal David (WEA)

Strange Waters, Small Mercies album by CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL (Mushroom)

You're Such A Freak EP by KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS (Half A Cow)

The NO Single single by THE BRASS BED (Bar Hum Bug)

1997

Ya Gotta Let Me Do My Thing album by KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS (Half A Cow)

I Won't Tell / World Of Love single by KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS (Guilt Free)

Fix Me Up single by KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS (Guilt Free)

low key EP by THE BRASS BED (Blah Blah Blah)

The Gold Record EP by THE BRASS BED (Bar Hum Bug)

1991

Nu Music Sampler featuring : Seven Year Itch single by ORGANISM (Studio 52)

Organism EP cassette by ORGANISM (Independent)

References[edit]

http://www.messandnoise.com/releases/2000640 review of the stu thomas album "escape from algebra" from the online site MESS AND NOISE

http://www.beat.com.au/content/stu-thomas-paradox article from BEAT magazine about Stu Thomas

http://owmagazine.com/2011/03/20/the-stu-thomas-paradox article (including discography) from OUTSIDERS WINDOW magazine in regard to STU THOMAS

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Kim+Salmon+And+The+Surrealists discography for Kim Salmon and the Surrealists (including albums featuring Stu Thomas)

http://www.grunnenrocks.nl/bands/k/kimsalmonandthesurrealists.htm Dutch site with story and discography for kim salmon and the surrealists

http://themusic.com.au/reviews/album/2012/11/20/jane-dust-and-the-giant-hoopoes-space-odyssey-part-1-tony-mcmahon/ article – review of Jane dust and the giant hoopoes 2012 album

External links[edit]

site for Stu Thomas' previous band THE BRASS BED