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Todd's musical comings and goings and goings...

 

1950's

My mother tells me I wore out the Trixie and Dixie 7 inch record on my tiny late 50's era phonograph.


1960's

...but the biggest inspiration for me was seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan as a 6 year-old. I thought that was so cool. My sisters, briefly my definers of cool, confirmed the Beatlic coolness. I was then determined to grow my hair long and have a band. Initially this consisted of stealing my sisters' wigs and posing with a tennis raquet in front of the bedroom mirror strumming and wailing.

The Thornets
My first band, the Thornets, was purely mythical, except for the lyrics of the Thornet's theme song. Said lyrics, highly derivative of the Monkees theme song ("Here we are, thorneting down the road..."), were discovered by said evil sisters who used the discovery as fodder for their revenge over aforementioned wig theft. Humiliation was doled out as only a pair of big sisters can dole it.


1970's

A few piano lessons and a Christmas snare drum later, a friend and I were fooling around with papa's old western style guitar when we accidentally stumbled upon the very same fret/string combinations used by Eric Clapton in Sunshine of Your Love!!! This was it. I was hooked.

Pure Garbage
I put together a series of Godawful pretentious progressive bands with song titles like "Catharsis" and "Transcendance" (sic) and tortured my family with relentless reitterative renditions of badly performed, ill-conceived pompous compositions that had no business wasting note resources in the musical universe in the first place.

Duracha
In the mid seventies, I had the opportunity to gain a semblance of cool credibility at my predominantly black high school when the school's resident funk band asked me to play keys. Duracha (Swahili for Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill) played the absolute coolest mid 70's funk music, including Skin Tight, the wonderful Jungle Boogie and many tunes by EWF, James Brown and Funkadelic. We even played a couple of original tunes of mine, which were only beginning to wean away from the pompous schlock mentioned above. We played in lots of local clubs, not due entirely to the fact that my paucity of melanine made us an integrated band, very trendy in those days. We practiced in the projects and played all around central NC. It was very cool and an enlightening experience, which ultimately ended when college and the vagaries of my musical equipment's whereabouts began to drive me nuts. To this day, I believe 70's funk to be one of the coolest forms of music ever.


1980's

X-teens
Featuring Kitty Moses on bass and lead vocals, Ned Robie on drums, Robert Bittle on guitars and lead vocals and me on lead vocals and keys. Information on our combo can sporadically be found at the Trouser Press web site.

The 'teens were the pinacle of my commercial success, garnering national attention and local notariety. Back in the day, we would sell out the Cat's Cradle for an entire weekend and performed in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago and other happening joints.

We released several records, including:

The Love and Politics record charted nationally on the success of "Hostage of my Heart" and the MTV rotation video "Change Gotta Come." The band was enjoying strong success, which of course went to our heads so we fought like rabid weasels and split up to form bands which would never quite reach the same level of commercial success as the 'teens. The licensing rights of this record were originally owned by Record Bar, who after many mergers is now owned by Blockbuster entertainment, the video rental giants. Any chances of getting reissue rights should be considered absolutely remote.

4 Who Dared
Featuring Olly Roberts on bass and backing vocals, Ned Robie on drums, Ray Foote on guitars and vocals and me on vocals and keys. We released an LP, "Kids with Dynamite" through Saphire Falls records, which featured songs like "Urine Trouble" and "Too Much of a Good Thing." It was distributed rather crudely and cannot be found anywhere on planet earth. The title track and Urine Trouble are played by my latest combo, Nucular.


1990's

Sensitive Eels
Featuring Olly Roberts on bass and backing vocals, Ned Robie on drums, Robert Bittle on guitars and vocals, and me on vocals and keys. A pretty perky band, but ultimately too diverse in its members. Essentially the X-teens sans Kitty.

Platypus Jukebox
Featuring Olly Roberts on bass and backing vocals, Jason Jones on drums and backing vocals, Ben Palmer on guitars and me on vocals, keys and li'l guitar. No one understood the name and we struggled to find a niche somewhere between novelty band and 80's holdovers.


2000's

Nucular (ne Todd Jones & Thing)
a power quartet, led by me which featured tunes I'd written over the years. Featuring Olly Roberts on bass and backing vocals, Dan Davis on drums and backing vocals, Emma Davis on vocals and me on vocals, keys and guitar. We play around the triangle area to the amusement of a select few. Our music has been compared to XTC, Elvis Costello and Frank Zappa, comparisons I must admit are quite flattering, though inaccurate.




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