|Born||December 24, 1956|
January 9, 2014 (aged 57)|
San Francisco, CA
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer, engineer|
|Instruments||drums, guitar, bass, keyboards|
Tom Mallon was a musician, producer and engineer in and around San Francisco for over 35 years. Mallon began his engineering career in 1976 in a one-bedroom apartment in the Haight with a four-track and over the years built two studios; the second of which closed in 1998. Mallon played drums in marching bands and in competing color guards on the east coast when he was younger and, after a long hiatus, for three years in American Music Club (1986-1989), bass in AMC for half a year (1989), drums in Toiling Midgets (1991-1997; 2007-2013), and bass in the reconstituted Negative Trend (2008-2010). Mallon also ran Grifter Records from 1984 through 1987, which released the first 4 American Music Club records.
Mallon passed away from brain cancer in 2014. Prior to his death, a tribute show was put together in honor of Mallon and to help raise money to cover his treatment costs and benefit the SF Brain Tumor Support Group. TomFest took place on March 3rd, 2013 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, featuring performances from Flying Color, Toiling Midgets, and members of American Music Club, The Muskrats, Frightwig, Blue Movie, Ugly Stick, Penelope Houston and the Honey Badgers, Peter Case, Chuck Prophet and more. The "AMC" part of the night featured Mallon (bass), Danny Pearson (guitar and vocals), Joe Goldring (guitar), Mike Simms (drums), Nancie Lualhati (backing vocals), Vudi (percussion) and Steve Lindstrom (backing vocals). The band performed "Clouds", "Electric Light", "Mom's TV" and "Bad Liquor".
Tom Mallon with American Music Club
Mallon first recorded American Music Club in an early incarnation in December of 1982 for an unreleased compilation, SF Acoustic New Wave. The lineup at the time included Eitzel (vocals and guitar), Scott Alexander (guitar), Brad Johnson (acoustic bass), Greg Bonnell (drums) and John Hricko (bass). In February and April of the following year, Mallon again recorded the band with a new lineup which added Nancy Kangas, Jeanie Szudy (bass), Mark Elliot (guitar), Mona Fisher, Kim Wilkins and Stephen Clarke. Mallon played drums with American Music Club from 1986 through 1989, before switching to bass in 1989. During this time, he also acted as the band's producer and engineer, while he Grifter Records label released these albums.
Discography with American Music Club
- The Restless Stranger (1985) - producer, engineer
- Engine (1987) - producer, engineer, guitar, backing vocals, percussion
- California (1988) - producer, engineer, drums
- United Kingdom (1989) - producer, bass