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 isâ€¦itâ€™s just awesome. Look at that cover and tell me you wouldnâ€™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 Loveâ€¦From Me To You are why Iâ€™ve so deeply fallen in love with â€œreal peopleâ€ 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 Toddâ€™s record (last name is largely unknown, but one website seems to think it is Todd Warthen), â€œVery homemade, deep and heartfelt private press from a bunch of teenagers and Todd, mid-late â€™70s (some websites call it â€˜79). Like a perfect mix of Michael Angelo and Fame, housed in a cover that rivals and may ever surpass Rick Grossman.â€
There is one blog called Zamboni which has added an interesting story to the Todd mythology. It sounds fictional, but the author writes: â€œAnd [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 â€“ you could probably determine anyone in Toddâ€™s classâ€™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 â€œMost Likely to Be Selling His Album in 20 Yearsâ€. Then, in a moment out of one of John Hughesâ€™ wet dreams, the entire class saw both Todd and the jock for what they truly were, flooded Toddâ€™s sales booth, and bought out the entire run.â€