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Big Head Todd & the Monsters Biography

Birth Place: Denver, Colorado, United States
Years Active: 1986-present
Genres: Rock

Big Head Todd & the Monsters are a rock band formed in 1986 in Boulder, Colorado by Todd Park Mohr on guitar and vocals, Brian Nevin on drums and vocals and Rob Squires on bass and vocals. The trio had attended Columbine High School together. Mohr attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and transferred to the University of Colorado to join Nevin and Squires. The three began touring clubs in Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder as Big Head Todd and the Monsters in 1987. The band soon built up a following throughout Colorado and the West.

In 1989, the band formed their own record label, Big Records, and released their debut album, “Another Mayberry” that same year. Their second album, “Midnight Radio,” followed in 1990 and featured artwork from Chris Mars of The Replacements. By 1993, Big Head Todd and the Monsters had developed a considerable live following across the U.S. Their first live album, “Big Head Todd and the Monsters Live,” was recorded at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival in 1993.

The group signed with Giant Records later in 1993 and recorded, “Sister Sweetly,” with Prince associate David Z. producing. The album went platinum, reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, and spawned three singles that entered the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts including, “Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Circle.”

Mohr tried his hand at producing for the band's next album, “Strategem,” which arrived in 1994 and peaked at #30 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Jerry Harrison, formerly of the Talking Heads, produced the band's next album, 1997’s “Beautiful Worlds,” which featured John Lee Hooker on the track “Boom Boom.”

A live album, “Live Monsters,” followed in 1998. In 2002 they issued their sixth studio album, “Riviera.” In 2004 they released two albums, the studio cut “Crimes of Passion,” and the live set, “Live at the Fillmore.”

Written at the request of crewmembers of the Space Shuttle Discovery for their STS-114 return to flight mission in 2005, (the first mission after the Columbia disaster), the band recorded and released the single, “Blue Sky.” The song was used as Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign song in 2008, and in the introduction of Clinton on her keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Their eight studio album, “All The Love You Need,” was released in 2007, which was followed by a supporting tour. In 2010 they returned to the studio to record their next album,“Rocksteady.” “100 Years of Robert Johnson,” which celebrated the music of blues singer and musician Robert Johnson, was issued in 2011. Guest musicians included B. B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Cedric Burnside, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Ruthie Foster and Lightnin' Malcolm.