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Songs From Academia Vol 1: Songs with Singing, 1981​-​2009

by Tom Dyer

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    “Songs from Academia… is an intriguing listen, to say the least, the collection providing an intimate look at Dyer’s free-wheeling, at times deeply experimental muse.” Fred Mills – Blurt

    “Opening with the Gong-like “The Prize,” the album flits between the afore-mentioned dates, taking in the synth-pop of “Little Sally Walker,” the quirky electro-pop of “(Half The World Is Made Of) Women” with its grin-inducing lyrics, and the even quirkier “The Question Asked,” which – dated 2007 – is an indication of how much this musician’s style has changed since the early ‘eighties; great production on this track. “I See Pictures” has a strong UK post-punk vibe to it, while “She’s Winning The War For Daddy” is half show-tune, half brash pop-tune. “The Stars” and “The Sky” are very recent, the former a thumping rocker, the latter a bizarre electro-stomper, while the concluding track, also recent, also showcases Dyer’s skill at putting together poptastic riffola. Great stuff – proper singing and playing, and another volume to come.” Terrascope

    “Songs is a personal diary of one man’s journey towards creating sounds which simply suited him, as most of these have not been heard by anyone but his closest friends. Some of them have not been heard by anyone but by its creator, so consider it a lucky chance to listen to the talent of someone who’s goal is to simply create for the sake of being creative. “John Book

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The Prize 03:54
Saturday 03:46
The Stars 04:08
The Sky 03:48
Relativity 06:29


Green Monkey is rather pleased to present Tom Dyer – Songs from Academia Vol. 1: Songs with Singing, 1981 - 2009. The 14 song (plus top secret bonus track) album is Dyer’s first official release since 1984. Music aficionados may purchase the Deluxe Edition online, which includes Four Panel Printed Eco-sleeve, Printed Insert & Full-Color CDR duplicated using MFQA® (Master Full Quality Audio).

The album cuts a wide swath stylistically, ranging from “mad-bull in a China shop” real-band-rock, to experimental studio pop where Dyer plays anything required, from saxophone to Theremin. Dyer reflects, “I am excited to finish this project exactly at its scheduled time. When I set the goal of October, 2009 those 28 years ago, it seemed like a stretch. I really think this project shows how an artist can develop if they set their mind to it and have a good calendar.”

SECRET BONUS TRACK - I’m Your Man (1991). Recorded by B.L.O.G. (Bunch of Lame Old Guys) Mach 1, a one-off studio band, at the Art Institute of Seattle during a “faculty meeting.” Some of our finest songs were made up on the spot, this one I wrote in advance. If I had to guess, I would say Roy Scimeca, Keith Livingston and Dave Wheeler play on this, but I can’t guarantee it. B.L.O.G. previously had a Secret Bonus Track, "Heavin’ Tiny Sandwiches," on the Art Institute CD, The Young and The Restless.


released October 6, 2009

All songs composed, arranged, etc. by Tom Dyer © ½ the World Publishing

Produced and mastered by Tom Dyer at TDS Productions
Little Sally Walker mixed by Keith Livingston
I See Pictures recorded at Triangle by Pat Hewitt
The Prize, Saturday, Must Have Lost My Mind for a Minute recorded at AiS by Phil Ek

Cover Design by Carlton Lonergan IV

Tom Dyer – Singing, Guitar, Bass, E-Bow, Sax, Keys, Theremin, Drum Machine, Loops, Sequencing, whatever
Peter Barnes – Drums, Tympani, I See Pictures
Laura Bell – Bass, The Prize, Saturday, Must Have Lost My Mind
Al Bloch – Bass, I See Pictures
Kelle Boyd -Backing Vocal, Must Have Lost My Mind, The Stars, In the Big Time
Merle Broyles- Lead Guitar, In the Big Time
Ben Dyer – Bass, Relativity; Guitar, The Question Asked
Jeff Kelly – Piano, Saturday; Bass,Guitar Solo, The Stars
Dave Lefkowitz – Programming assistance, The Sky
Keith Livingston – Guitar Solo, Backing Vocal, She’s Winning the War
Scott McAllister – Guitar, The Prize, Saturday, Must Have Lost My Mind
Sue Orfield –Sax, The Prize, Saturday, Must Have Lost My Mind
Sheila Power - Backing Vocal, Must Have Lost My Mind
Glen Slater – Keyboards, The Prize, Must Have Lost My Mind
Anthony Zapata – Drums, The Prize, Saturday, Must Have Lost My Mind

and THE ICONS on Little Sally Walker
Tim Nelson -Drums
Steve Trettevik – Keyboards, Backing Vocal
Rick Yust – Bass, Backing Vocal


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