|Birth name||Tod Ashley|
|Born||November 30, 1965|
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, bass guitar|
|Formerly of||Cop Shoot Cop|
Tod Ashley (born November 30, 1965), better known by the stage name Tod A, is an American singer, songwriter, and bass guitarist. He founded the rock music groups Cop Shoot Cop and Firewater.
Ashley also spent time while in art school in a band called Shithäuswith Jon Spencer, later of The Blues Explosion.
Ashley was living in Bushwick, Brooklyn when he decided that he wanted to travel the world.In 2005, putting his musical career on hiatus, Tod spent most of the year traveling the Far East, including Calcutta, India and Bangkok, Thailand. He has published a written account of his travels in a blog, which he calls Postcards From the Other Side of the World. He lived in Bali for three years until 2010.
In 2019, Ashley published his first novel, Banging the Monkeybased on his experiences abroad.
|1993||Ask Questions Later|
|1996||Get Off the Cross, We Need the Wood for the Fire|
|1998||The Ponzi Scheme|
|2003||The Man on the Burning Tightrope|
|2004||Songs We Should Have Written|
|2008||The Golden Hour|
|1985||Crush: Live Crush 84–85||Shithaus|
|1994||Forces You Don't Understand||Lubricated Goat|
|1997||Red Expendables||Red Expendables|
|2010||Combat Disco Casbah||Figli di Madre Ignota|
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