Tom Marshall (singer)

Last updated

Tom Marshall
Tom Marshall bio page (cropped).jpg
Tom Marshall in 2001
Background information
Origin Princeton, New Jersey
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • lyricist
  • podcast host
Instrument(s)
  • Keyboards
  • vocals
Years active1982–present
Member of Phish
Formerly of

Tom Marshall is an American lyricist, keyboardist and singer-songwriter best known for his association with Trey Anastasio and the rock band Phish. [1] He has been the primary external lyricist for Phish during their career (1983–2004, 2009–present), with songwriting credits for more than 95 originals. In addition to his songwriting work, Marshall also fronted the rock band Amfibian and hosts the Phish podcast Under the Scales. [2] Marshall is the co-founder of Osiris, a podcast network in partnership with Jambase.

Contents

Personal life

Marshall attended Princeton Day School in New Jersey with Anastasio. The duo began writing songs together as early as the eighth grade (the reggae tune "Makisupa Policeman" is often regarded as the duo's first collaboration and the very first Phish original song).[ citation needed ] Other early collaborations include Bivouac Jaun , a project recorded by Marshall, Anastasio, and their friend Marc Daubert (who occasionally played percussion with Phish in 1984 and wrote the lyrics to their classic "The Curtain With"). Many of the pieces recorded on Bivouac Jaun appeared on The White Tape . Marshall also was instrumental in influencing The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday , a Phish concept album and song cycle about the mystical land of Gamehendge written by Anastasio and used as his senior thesis at Goddard College in 1987.

Marshall, Anastasio, and friends would meet at The Rhombus, a giant piece of art located in a park next to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and embark on lengthy songwriting sessions. Many characters and locations mentioned in early Phish songs reference these songwriting sessions. In one instance, Marshall wrote the original lyrics to the Gamehendge song "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters" and nailed them to Anastasio's front door. By 1985, Anastasio and Marshall had parted ways as Anastasio became more involved with Phish at the University of Vermont.

Years later in 1989, Marshall apparently heard Phish's Junta album and thought to himself, "these guys really need lyrics." Marshall and Anastasio reunited and began a long songwriting partnership that resulted in over 100 songs over the next fifteen years. Anastasio's 2005 solo album Shine marks the first time since the pre-Junta years that he has not worked with Marshall.

In addition to working closely with Anastasio, Marshall fronts his own band, Amfibian, currently on hiatus.

In the fall of 2010, Marshall collaborated with CT jam band The McLovins to co-write "Cohesive", recorded with Marshall and Anthony Krizan (of Spin Doctors fame) at Krizan's Sonic Boom studios. In mid-November 2010, Marshall joined his longtime friend Trey Anastasio on stage at the historic Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall Princeton University bringing them back to their roots.

Marshall has a wife named Lea-Lea, a daughter named Anna and a son named Brodie.

List of songs

This is an incomplete list of titles whose lyrics Tom Marshall has written or co-written. [3]

SongArtistAlbumYear
The Squirming CoilPhish Lawn Boy 1990
Lawn BoyPhish Lawn Boy 1990
Bouncing Around the RoomPhish Lawn Boy 1990
CavernPhish A Picture of Nectar 1992
StashPhish A Picture of Nectar 1992
Guelah PapyrusPhish A Picture of Nectar 1992
GlidePhish A Picture of Nectar 1992
Chalk Dust Torture Phish A Picture of Nectar 1992
RiftPhish Rift 1993
Fast Enough for You Phish Rift 1993
MazePhish Rift 1993
SparklePhish Rift 1993
HornPhish Rift 1993
The Wedge Phish Rift 1993
My Friend, My FriendPhish Rift 1993
It's IcePhish Rift 1993
The HorsePhish Rift 1993
Silent in the MorningPhish Rift 1993
Julius Phish Hoist 1994
Down with Disease Phish Hoist 1994
Axilla (Part II)Phish Hoist 1994
LifeboyPhish Hoist 1994
Sample in a Jar Phish Hoist 1994
Wolfman's BrotherPhish Hoist 1994
Dog Faced BoyPhish Hoist 1994
DemandPhish Hoist 1994
WilsonPhish A Live One 1995
FreePhish Billy Breathes 1996
Character ZeroPhish Billy Breathes 1996
WastePhish Billy Breathes 1996
TastePhish Billy Breathes 1996
TalkPhish Billy Breathes 1996
Theme from the BottomPhish Billy Breathes 1996
Swept AwayPhish Billy Breathes 1996
SteepPhish Billy Breathes 1996
Prince CaspianPhish Billy Breathes 1996
Ghost Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Birds of a Feather Phish The Story of the Ghost 1998
MeatPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
GuyutePhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
FikusPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
ShaftyPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Frankie SaysPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Brian and RobertPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Water in the SkyPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
RoggaePhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
Wading in the Velvet SeaPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
The Moma DancePhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
End of SessionPhish The Story of the Ghost 1998
NICUPhish Hampton Comes Alive 1999
Dogs Stole ThingsPhish Hampton Comes Alive 1999
Axilla IPhish Hampton Comes Alive 1999
FarmhousePhish Farmhouse 2000
TwistPhish Farmhouse 2000
BugPhish Farmhouse 2000
Back on the TrainPhish Farmhouse 2000
Heavy ThingsPhish Farmhouse 2000
DirtPhish Farmhouse 2000
PiperPhish Farmhouse 2000
SleepPhish Farmhouse 2000
SandPhish Farmhouse 2000
Makisupa PolicemanPhish Live Phish Volume 1 2001
Buffalo BillPhish Live Phish Volume 6 2001
I Am HydrogenPhish Live Phish Volume 6 2001
VulturesPhish Live Phish Volume 6 2001
Strange DesignPhish Live Phish Volume 12 2002
Sleeping MonkeyPhish Live Phish Volume 12 2002
Pebbles and MarblesPhish Round Room 2002
Anything But MePhish Round Room 2002
Mexican CousinPhish Round Room 2002
FridayPhish Round Room 2002
Seven BelowPhish Round Room 2002
46 DaysPhish Round Room 2002
All of These DreamsPhish Round Room 2002
Walls of the CavePhish Round Room 2002
ThunderheadPhish Round Room 2002
WavesPhish Round Room 2002
Scents and Subtle Sounds (Intro)Phish Undermind 2004
UndermindPhish Undermind 2004
The ConnectionPhish Undermind 2004
A Song I Heard the Ocean SingPhish Undermind 2004
Crowd ControlPhish Undermind 2004
NothingPhish Undermind 2004
Two Versions of MePhish Undermind 2004
Scents and Subtle SoundsPhish Undermind 2004
Secret SmilePhish Undermind 2004
GrindPhish Undermind 2004
McGrupp and the Watchful HosemastersPhish Colorado '88 2006
Backwards Down the Number LinePhish Joy 2009
Stealing Time from the Faulty PlanPhish Joy 2009
JoyPhish Joy 2009
OcelotPhish Joy 2009
Kill Devil FallsPhish Joy 2009
LightPhish Joy 2009
Twenty Years LaterPhish Joy 2009
Devotion to a DreamPhish Fuego 2014
WinterqueenPhish Fuego 2014
Sing MonicaPhish Fuego 2014
Blaze OnPhish Big Boat 2016
Running Out of TimePhish Big Boat 2016
No Men in No Man's LandPhish Big Boat 2016
SteamPhish Sigma Oasis 2020
MercuryPhish Sigma Oasis 2020

Discography

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Phish</span> American rock band

Phish is an American rock band formed in Burlington, Vermont, in 1983. The band consists of guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, drummer Jon Fishman, and keyboardist Page McConnell, all of whom perform vocals, with Anastasio being the lead vocalist. The band are known for their musical improvisation and jams during their concert performances, and for their devoted fan following.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Trey Anastasio</span> American guitarist

Ernest Joseph "Trey" Anastasio III is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Phish, which he co-founded in 1983. He is credited by name as composer of 152 Phish original songs, 141 of them as a solo credit, in addition to 41 credits attributed to the band as a whole.

<i>Billy Breathes</i> 1996 studio album by Phish

Billy Breathes is the sixth studio album by American rock band Phish, released by Elektra Records on October 15, 1996. The album was credited with connecting the band, known for its jam band concerts and devoted cult following, with a more mainstream audience. The first single, "Free", was the band's most successful song on two Billboard rock charts, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart and at #24 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart. The album itself became the band's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200, where it peaked at number seven.

<i>Undermind</i> (album) 2004 studio album by Phish

Undermind is the eleventh studio album by American rock band Phish, released on June 15, 2004 by Elektra Records. The album was the group's last release before they disbanded in August 2004. It is also their final studio release for Elektra Records ; When the band reunited in 2009, their subsequent albums would be released through their own JEMP Records label which had launched in December 2005 for live releases.

<i>Rift</i> (album) 1993 studio album by Phish

Rift is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Phish, released on February 2, 1993, by Elektra Records. It is a concept album, detailing the experience of a man dreaming about the rift in his relationship with his girlfriend. Rift was recorded in September and October 1992 and produced by Barry Beckett. Rift was certified gold by the RIAA on October 15, 1997.

<i>The Story of the Ghost</i> 1998 studio album by Phish

The Story of the Ghost is the seventh studio album by American rock band Phish, released by Elektra Records on October 27, 1998. The album features an emphasis on the jazz-funk influenced "cow-funk" style, which the group had been experimenting with in concert throughout 1997 and 1998. The album's first single was "Birds of a Feather", which was a Top 20 hit on Billboard magazine's Adult Alternative Songs chart. The album's cover was painted by visual artist George Condo.

<i>Round Room</i> 2002 studio album by Phish

Round Room is the tenth studio album by the American rock band Phish released on December 10, 2002, by Elektra Records.

<i>The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday</i> 1987 studio album (bootleg) by Phish

The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday is a 1987 concept album written by Trey Anastasio, the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band Phish, as his senior thesis while attending Goddard College. Composed in 1987, the thesis included an essay piece and collection of songs relating an epic tale from the band's fictional land of Gamehendge.

Gamehendge is the fictional setting for a number of songs by the rock band Phish. Most of the songs can be traced back to The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, the senior project of guitarist and primary vocalist Trey Anastasio, written while he attended Goddard College in 1987. The recording of TMWSIY has been heavily circulated among fans and is considered by some to be an unreleased Phish album. Outside of the songs from TMWSIY, there are numerous other songs set in the fictional universe of Gamehendge.

Amfibian is an American musical project led by Phish lyricist Tom Marshall.

<i>Phish: New Years Eve 1995 – Live at Madison Square Garden</i> 2005 live album by Phish

New Year's Eve 1995 - Live at Madison Square Garden is a live concert album by American rock band Phish that was released in 2005. The album comprises the band's December 31, 1995 show at Madison Square Garden, named by Rolling Stone as one of the "Greatest Concerts of the '90s".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Birds of a Feather (Phish song)</span> 1998 single by Phish

"Birds of a Feather" is a 1998 song by the American band Phish. It is the second track from their 1998 album The Story of the Ghost and was released as their twelfth promotional single by Elektra Records. The song is a funk rock song written by the entire band and lyricist Tom Marshall, and was influenced by Talking Heads.

Marc Daubert is an American musician. He collaborated with Phish for a brief time in their early history.

Bivouac Jaun is a project recorded in the Autumn of 1983 featuring Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Phish lyricist Tom Marshall, and one-time Phish percussionist Marc Daubert. It also features appearances from Dave Abrahams, drummer Pete Cottone, and guitarist Roger Holloway. Anastasio plays a variety of instruments on the album, with "Run Like an Antelope," and "Letter to Jimmy Page" featuring Anastasio on all instruments. Marshall plays keyboards on all tracks and Daubert handles percussion and additional guitar.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Down with Disease</span> 1994 single by Phish

"Down with Disease" is a 1994 song by American band Phish. It is the second track from their 1994 album Hoist and was released as their fifth promotional single by Elektra Records. The song is a funk rock song written by Phish guitarist and lead vocalist Trey Anastasio and lyricist Tom Marshall. The song's lyrics were based on a bout with infectious mononucleosis suffered by Marshall.

<i>Amfibian Tales</i> 2000 studio album by Tom Marshall and Co.

Amfibian Tales is an album by Phish lyricist Tom Marshall, who also handles lead vocals and keyboards on the album. Officially billed under "Tom Marshall and Co.," the disc includes a number of special guests, including Matt Kohut, Scott Metzger, old friend Pete Cottone, and New Jersey duo The Sarahs, who sing lead vocals on "Nothing," a track written by Marshall and Trey Anastasio that eventually found its way onto Phish's eleventh studio album, Undermind.

McLovins are an American rock band formed in 2009. The band's lineup consists of lyricist and drummer Jake Huffman, bass guitarist Jason Ott, guitarist Justin Berger and keyboardist Atticus Kelly. Inspired by an eclectic mix of influences like The Meters, The Band and The Flaming Lips, McLovins combine their songwriting skills with extended improvisations and instrumental ingenuity. Taking a page from their jam band forefathers, McLovins always try to keep their audiences guessing at what's to come. Their eclectic setlists and individual musical personas define the band's live shows. Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, McLovins have appeared at Gathering of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, The Peach Festival and the legendary Nateva Music Festival, as well as many acclaimed venues across the country. They have also performed with some of the most influential artists on the scene, including Buddy Guy, George Porter, Jr. and Oteil Burbridge.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chalk Dust Torture</span> 1992 single by Phish

"Chalk Dust Torture" is a 1992 song by the American band Phish. It is the thirteenth track from their 1992 album A Picture of Nectar and was also released as their first promotional single by Elektra Records. The song is a riff-based, fast-paced rock song written by Phish guitarist and lead vocalist Trey Anastasio and lyricist Tom Marshall. The studio recording features a lowered pitch effect on Anastasio's lead vocal.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Julius (song)</span> 1994 single by Phish

"Julius" is a 1994 song by the American band Phish. It is the first track from their 1994 album Hoist and was released as their seventh promotional single by Elektra Records. The song is a blues rock song written by Phish guitarist and lead vocalist Trey Anastasio and lyricist Tom Marshall. The song features backing vocals by Rose Stone, Jean McClain and the Rickey Grundy Chorale and horn instruments by the Tower of Power Horn Section.

<i>Sigma Oasis</i> 2020 studio album by Phish

Sigma Oasis is the fifteenth studio album by the American rock band Phish, released on the band's JEMP Records label on April 2, 2020. The album was recorded at their studio The Barn and was produced by the band and Vance Powell.

References

  1. Thompson, Dave (2015). Go Phish. St. Martin's Press. p. 17. ISBN   9781250094971 . Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  2. "Under the Scales | All Episodes". Under the Scales. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  3. Higgins, John. "The Official Bernie Taupin Lyric Collection". berniejtaupin.com. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2013.