Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Gin Blossoms
Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Big Head Todd & The Monsters is a hard-rocking jam band that started out in Colorado in the mid-80s with Todd Park Mohr on guitar and vocals, Brian Nevin on drums, and Rob Squires on bass. The three began touring clubs in Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder and soon built up a loyal following. They toured extensively throughout the Mountain States and West Coast in their van dubbed 'The Colonel', which clocked over 400,000 miles.
The band's 1993 album Sister Sweetly went platinum in the United States and included the hits "Bittersweet," "Circle," and "Broken Hearted Savior". The group later expanded to a quartet with the addition of Jeremy Lawton on keyboards and pedal steel guitar. More touring and album releases followed and today Big Head Todd & the Monsters have proven to be one of the most enduring bands in their genre, still attracting fans to their live shows 30 years on.
Gin Blossoms' indelible jangle-pop sound earned them a huge following in the 90s. Their breakout record New Miserable Experience remained on the charts for almost three years and included the catchy singles “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.”
Those hits were followed up by “Til I Hear It From You” which rocketed to #1 and moved the Empire Records smash soundtrack to platinum status. Billboard described the song as “the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory.” Their next gem “Follow You Down” spent ten weeks in the top 10, and "As Long As It Matters" earned the band a Grammy nomination. In the early 2000s, the band gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the busiest touring acts in the world.
Today, Gin Blossoms remain a rare breed – rock ‘n’ roll lifers, destined to continue creating, crafting, and performing for audiences ever rapt by their glorious catalog of material.