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Tom Rothrock


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Tom Rothrock is an American record producer, composer and musician. He produced (along with Rob Schnapf) Elliott Smith’s albums Either/Or, XO (on which he also created the drum loop for the song “Independence Day”) and Figure 8. In 1997, the duo’s recording of Smith’s tune ‘Miss Misery’ in Gus Van Sant’s film Good Will Hunting received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. The duo also produced the Toadies, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Fu Manchu and Richard Thompson.

Rothrock, along with Schnapf and partner Bradshaw Lambert started Bong Load Custom Records in the early 90’s, which is notable for releasing Beck’s Loser single. Rothrock first heard Beck when he saw him jump onstage to play inbetween bands during a show at Jabberjaw and approached him afterwards about recording his songs. Together Rothrock, Schnapf, Beck, and Karl Stephenson recorded what would become Loser, and subsequently, Mellow Gold, Beck’s critically acclaimed major label debut. Rothrock and Schnapf would continue to record with Beck, working on material for what was intended to be his follow-up to Mellow Gold, a somber acoustic affair meant to silence detractors that claimed he was a one hit wonder. Beck eventually went on to record his Grammy Award winning Odelay with The Dust Brothers, including one song from the Rothrock/Schnapf sessions, “Ramshackle”, as the album closer.


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