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.
In film, Rothrock produced the original songs for the About A Boy soundtrack and score with Badly Drawn Boy. He composed music for the film Collateral directed by Michael Mann and is credited on the song ‘Goofy Goober Rock’ on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie soundtrack. His recording of R.L. Burnside’s ‘It’s Bad You Know’ was included on The Sopranos original television soundtrack release.
In 2005, Rothrock produced, recorded and mixed James Blunt’s album “Back to Bedlam”.
In 2007, Tom Rothrock released his own instrumental solo debut titled, ‘Resonator’ on the re-launched Bong Load imprint.
Edited by surferb on 19 Jan 2007, 22:35
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