TODD

TODD – “WITH LOVE…FROM ME TO YOU” (1977?)

I will only listen to singer/songwriters if they’re messed-up or dorky. Here’s a dorky one; highly charming.

I believe I got this from Zamboni Soundtracks — or maybe I didn’t. Can’t remember exactly. Swan Fungus sez:

This one is…it’s just awesome. Look at that cover and tell me you wouldn’t empty your wallet to hear what the hell was stored in the grooves of this record. Pure gold, viagra sale right? Albums like With Love…From Me To You are why I’ve so deeply fallen in love with “real people” records. The masterminds might not be the most masterful, help the songwriting might not be as sharp as well known artists, discount rx but I guess there is a place in my cold, black heart that loves listening to the gamut of emotions felt by my fellow humans.

The Acid Archives book writes of Todd’s record (last name is largely unknown, but one website seems to think it is Todd Warthen), “Very homemade, deep and heartfelt private press from a bunch of teenagers and Todd, mid-late ’70s (some websites call it ‘79). Like a perfect mix of Michael Angelo and Fame, housed in a cover that rivals and may ever surpass Rick Grossman.”

There is one blog called Zamboni which has added an interesting story to the Todd mythology. It sounds fictional, but the author writes: “And [Todd] did try to sell his albums at his senior prom, believe it or not: unsurprisingly a wallflower for most of his high school career, he decided to debut the album at the last formal school event and set up a booth somewhere near the buffet table so his classmates could finally see the real him. (The reception was frosty at first – you could probably determine anyone in Todd’s class’s social standing by how far away from him they were able to sit.) Sales were slow all night, but during the awards portion of the prom the prom king and captain of the football team took time out from receiving his own award to nominate Todd for “Most Likely to Be Selling His Album in 20 Years”. Then, in a moment out of one of John Hughes’ wet dreams, the entire class saw both Todd and the jock for what they truly were, flooded Todd’s sales booth, and bought out the entire run.”

Todd – “With Love…From Me To You” LP (ZIP file)

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155 Responses to TODD

  1. I got this off of zamboni or fungus, can’t remember which, last year and its amazing, thanks for sharing as i think my copy is on my old computer, such is the profound effect of this album that everytime, and it’s not often, i think about Dean Friedman, i immediately picture our Todd. That has improved my life no end.

  2. Ian Zamboni says:

    I read the story about him selling the album at school, probably on the WFMU blog or something. I don’t have any first hand knowledge of the Todd dude. Wish I knew more. Hope the dude knows we don’t love it ironically.

    We don’t, right?

  3. of course, irony has no place here!

  4. Todd (really, it is) says:

    Am I missing something? This has got to be the worst record I have heard in a really long time. What a piece of shit. From the crappy cover drawing to the overall sound of this record, it the pits.

  5. MrFab says:

    Jeezus, what’s up with “Before It’s Too Late”? Maybe Todd offed himself. Wonder what it was he was made to feel ashamed about …

  6. pinkpressthreat says:

    how do you do it?
    You’re very persuasive aren’t you? I simply HAVE to hear this now.

  7. pinkpressthreat says:

    Well now I’ve heard Todd’s message to the citizens of Planet Earth.
    I see what you mean about “Before It’s too late”….oh my..oh dear me,I need therapy myself after that.
    I wonder what our Todd would make of “Jesus was Way Cool” by King Missile? Not a piss-take,in fact a very heartfelt tribute to the J-Man,IMO.
    cheers geysers :)

  8. ToddTampa1 says:

    Believe it or not, I AM the Todd Dude! No, I didn’t off myself , but was definitely going through major teenage angst at the time of the writing of ‘Before it’s too late.” 16 yrs old at the time. In retrospect, most of the songs on the album are pretty dated, but I appreciate all those who enjoy the songs that were truly very personal and heartfelt. Who knew after 30 yrs + this album would find its way out of the small town in Indiana where it was created. For those of you who enjoy it, I’m appreciative and flattered…..for those of you who don’t, I understand and am not offended in the least. My signature ‘closing’ is now All My Best, Todd

  9. Ian Zamboni says:

    The elusive Todd is from Indiana? I’m from Bloomington and I put your LP on my blog a couple years back! It’s still in rotation!

    Where do you hail from?

  10. Dr Rotwang! says:

    Todd being from Indiana would explain why this cover looks familiar — I might’ve seen it down at Trax or Tom’s CDs & LPs back in the long ago. Or maybe on the shelves at WQAX.

    Which is to say, I am from B-ton, too. I’m there right now!

    Here!

    Here right now.