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Toiling Midgets


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San Francisco, United States (1979 – present)

San Francisco’s The Toiling Midgets formed in late 1979 as an instrumental band with Craig Gray and Paul Hood on guitars, Tim Mooney on drums and Jonathan Henrickson on bass. In 1981 the late Ricky Williams joined the band to record ‘Sea of Unrest’ (Instant ) and lasted with the initial lineup through a brief West Coast tour. By 1983 they’d reformed with bass player Aaron Gregory and 3rd guitarist Annie Unger (Gun Club)

Over the years they’ve soldiered on with new members including bassists Joe Goldring (Wade, Swans,Enablers), and Seattle transplant Erich Werner (The Blackouts). They went through two other vocalists recording with American Music Club’s Mark Eitzel from 1990-1991 and using touring vocalist David Ripley). After an ill fated attempt to reunite with 1st vocalist Ricky Williams, quashed by his post concert death from a heroin overdose in 1992, they resumed as a strictly instrumental act in the mid 1990’s with longtime producer Tom Mallon on drums. They went on hiatus circa 1997, but after the turn of millennium, the group resumed gigging around San Francisco with a show at The Fillmore commemorating the life of the late punk club promoter Dirk Dirksen in 2007.


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  • Hafwit78

    This is brilliant music. Nothing like it.

    11 Jan 2014 Reply
  • cojoseph

    Buy a less than $20 copy of Sea of Unrest on vinyl off of GEMM or Ebay before the world realizes it's fucking perfect and there were too few to go around.

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • andukaru

    amazing, totally underrated like sleepers

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • dpdd

    got to delve into this

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Wurgf

    Holy mother of god these guys are massively underrated. I heavily suggest that anyone who finds this page seek out Sea of Unrest.

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • pshmidget

    heck ya - this is an oddball rock group, heavy, but tres' quirky...

    29 Jul 2008 Reply

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