the Throdgemorten Five
Tom - your page is unique... a pirate's cave overflowing with gems & jewels... "Pretty Little Hate Song" & "Phoney"are there to be treasured... T
Don't want to take up too much of your space here but wanted to point out that "Pretty Little Hate Song" may be one of the 'meanest nice compositions' I've ever heard and point out your fine keyboard playin' too …great work Tom!
Mr. Hedrick the fact alone I never know what to expect from you is only part of the thrill of hearing
any new material from you… "Pretty Little Hate Song" is another perfect example of that… a clever, well-crafted delight!
The Magneto Flobe
Happy Thanksgiving!!! from your good friends The Magneto Flobe!!! ya boi d
"I'm a musician who's completely out of original ideas, and so I thought I would ask for help from someone like you who shares my problem. Advice?"
— East Coast Paul,Endless String
"You music is a sonic pizza of joy. Please bake more."
— Foodie Lady,The Sensual Baker
"Hey Tom! How do you know there's a drummer at your door? How???? The knock SPEEDS UP! Hahahaha! Good one, huh?"
— Reid from somewhere in Missouri,Annoying Jokes Today
"I like listening to music on the Internet, and out of all the tunes I've heard, yours are some of them."
— Eric1900541,Bulletin Board Of No Consequence
“As I settle down with these headphones, smoking a White Owl cigar and drinking cheap brandy, I say... Delightful songs, Sir. And I must say that you look VERY MUCH like Barry Gibb. SWEET!"”
— Jim "Sparkleman" Twistee,Dilettante's Daily Blog
"Thank you for playing your guitar at a reasonable level tonight. Are you going to college?"
— Tom's Mother back in 1982,Handwritten Note On Kitchen Table
"Does anything really matter? Eventually the sun will become a red giant helium ball and engulf the earth. Though we are millennia away from this occurrence, I suggest we focus our thoughts there."
— Ernest Charlesworth,West Side Times Of The Thoughtful
“I remember one time in Vegas when he came out on stage. After all these years I thought Tommy would "weigh four bills and be on pills", but he really rocked it. He didn't even drink Scope in public."”
— Nevada Jack,Slot Machine Mechanic's Weekly
“I continually emailed Tom, asking him to write a song for me called "I Smoke And I Vote", and he never answered. Tom? Tom? Are you out there? I feel your presence in the wind.”
— Mr. Lobby,My Personal Diary of Loathing
"I can't tell you about this gentleman's music, but I found a bunch of his CDs at a garage sale, and they beautifully adorn the corkscrew willow in my front yard as year 'round dream catchers."
— Mrs. Helga Olson,Southwest City Times
“Pencil! Can not get enough of this song. Especially love the intro when it sounds so spooky and then turns to a fine pop mid tempo song. Wunderbar, Tom!”
— kappi,Kloudworks/Ships of Gold
“Tommy done did it again....dazzled us on that bass guitar of his, and then switched over the Les Paul and sang all those songs about sandwiches and beer. We raise our tankard to him.”
— Sheridan Cumberland,Music In Pubs
“Tom - you're all my favourite groups rolled into one.......
listening to your songs - I'm a kid tearing open presents at Christmas.....
full of excitement & joy........”
— Sir Throdge,The Throdgemorten Five
"Coffee And Cake" is genius on so many levels, it's intimidating... great delivery on vocals, harmony is perfect... you are a heck of a songwriter... like neil young, and sir paul.
— Ya Bway,The Magneto Flobe
“In reviewing Tom Hedrick's earlier album "As If", I touted his geek rock combination of unique lyrics and subjects with joyous rock rhythms. With "Red Giant", the geek rocker advances to head rocker with introspective lyric writing and cuts that are better termed "compositions" than tunes. "Fire In The Lab" for example, moves dramatically from moody orchestral passages to jazz ensemble to a searing lead guitar break. Then jump to "Song For Joe", with driving rock chords and vocal attitude reminiscent of the great Del Shannon. Very eclectic, electric and delightfully eccentric album!”
— Steve,Smith Radio
“Tom Hedrick is f*****g weird, but I like him. He's got a classic sense of pop craftsmanship, a multi-instrumentalist's palate, and a whimsically twisted vocabulary. Call it geek rock if you want, although it sounds nothing like the cartoonish lesser songs of Zappa and They Might Be Giants. This stuff is still pretty listenable, if not relentlessly quirky.”
— John,Shredding Paper
“The sound is tight and very, very studio. Hedrick crafted the graphic on the cover, and that same sort of sunny un-reality pervades his music. You might think I'm complaining, but the strange thing is that Hedrick's wonky, obsessive sound works simply because the guy is so damned earnest. He makes music this plastic-sounding because he likes it that way. And his enthusiasm rubbed off on me in a big way.”
— Unknown Reviewer,Aiding and Abetting
“Salads and Ballads: As if it hasn’t been six years since Tom Hedrick’s last release. As if his fans weren’t eagerly awaiting new material from this gifted singer/songwriter. Thankfully, Hedrick has returned with a brilliant follow up to his 2002 release, “As If”.”
— Karen,CD Baby Reviews
“For those familiar with Tom’s body of solo releases, this third solo effort, Red Giant, will no doubt raise a few eyebrows (and perhaps a few arm hairs as well!). Indeed, Red Giant confirms that, like prime Paul McCartney, Tom Hedrick is dynamic recording artist regarding structure, arrangement, and particularly lyric content.”