The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Staring At The Sun With The Toms

Dec 14th, 2006 // 3 Comments

tomscover.jpgTime for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we blow the dust off of a forgotten favorite and give its lack of chart success a once-over.

Artist: The Toms
Song: “Sun,” 19??
What happened: The Toms is actually Tommy Marolda, a Las Vegas-based songwriter and producer (he was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Stayin’ Alive). In 1979, he released his one-man-band debut album, The Toms, a power-pop classic that was out of print for years until Not Lame finally reissued it last year. But we hadn’t heard of them until the chipper “Sun” popped up on the Yellow Pills: Prefil comp put out by the Numero Group (the liner notes don’t give the exact year of release).
Why it should have been a hit: The fluttering guitar line, the snapping snare drums, that vague-but-relatable chorus…”Sun” is just about perfect. We really don’t have much to add, except to say that this song could be 15 minutes long and still never get tiresome:

The Toms – Sun [MP3, link expired]
The Toms [MySpace]

  1. quincyhoist

    Awesome call… that’s my favorite track on that Numero comp. I feel so included.

  2. musicquizking

    Great one and definitely considered in power pop circles!

    But if you like this, you should really try and find “I Love You Tonight” by The Prix. You’ll thank me later!

  3. Calexxia

    Tommy also did a lot of work with Richie Sambora and with Bruce Foster, as well. Good stuff, if ya ask me (and I’m not just saying that cuz I know the guy!)

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