Tom Rothrock

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Tom Rothrock
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Rothrock, on June 21, 2012, FuzzyLand, performing Los Angeles County
Background information
GenresRock, EDM
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, electric guitar, piano
Years active1987–present
LabelsBong Load Records, Various
Associated actsAthlete, Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Elbow, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters, James Blunt, Gwen Stefani, Moby, Motörhead, Poison, Richard Thompson, R.L. Burnside, Sloan, Stevie Nicks, Yonder Mountain String Band

Tom Rothrock is an American musician, composer, record producer and owner of Bong Load Records. Tom Rothrock has worked with James Blunt, Foo Fighters, Moby, Beck, Badly Drawn Boy, R. L. Burnside, Athlete, Sloan, Gwen Stefani, Motörhead, Elbow, Stevie Nicks, Poison, Elliott Smith, Richard Thompson, Yonder Mountain String Band. Rothrock has also composed or contributed to soundtracks for notable motion pictures such as About A Boy, Good Will Hunting, Collateral and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

James Blunt's debut, Back to Bedlam, has been noted as the "decades best selling album" (2000's);[1] the album also entered the Guinness Book of World Records, with most albums sold in a year in the UK, when it sold 2,368,000 copies in 2005.[2]

Rothrock started Bong Load Custom Records in the early 1990s enlisting former Record Plant Recording Studios co-workers, Bradshaw Lambert and Rob Schnapf. Bong Load Records is notable for developing and releasing Beck's "Loser" single which became the first number one, non-major label single since FM radio became mainstream. Together Rothrock, Schnapf, Beck, and Karl Stephenson recorded Mellow Gold, Beck's major label debut.

In film, Rothrock produced the original songs for the About A Boy soundtrack and score with Badly Drawn Boy, he composed music for the film Collateral directed by Michael Mann and is credited on the song "Goofy Goober Rock" on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack. His recording of R. L. Burnside's "It's Bad You Know" was included on The Sopranos original television soundtrack release.

During 2013, Rothrock returned to collaborate with James Blunt on the album Moon Landing. Working primarily at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California the resulting release was generally well received among music critics and considered a comeback for Blunt.[3]

In 2016 Rothrock marked Bong Load Records' 25th anniversary by re-launching the label's vinyl record division, he also relocated the Los Angeles company to the arts district of Las Vegas, Nevada. [4]

Selected discography[edit]


  • 2014: Brightest Starr Single – Tom Rothrock Featuring Marie´ Digby
  • 2010: All Right Now Ep – Tom Rothrock
  • 2010: FuzzFace Ep – Tom Rothrock
  • 2010: Magneto Ep – Tom Rothrock
  • 2010: Eivissa Ep – Tom Rothrock
  • 2007: Resonator Lp – Tom Rothrock

Produced and/or mixed[edit]

Selected film composition, film music production and placement[edit]


  1. ^ Michaels, Sean; Blunt, James (2009-12-30). "Guardian". The Guardian. London.
  2. ^ "Entertainment | Madonna breaks earnings record". BBC News. 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  3. ^ David Smyth (2013-11-29). "Comeback of the year: James Blunt interview – Music – Going Out – London Evening Standard". Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  4. ^ Spencer Patterson (2016-07-29). "Bong Load Records Relocates to Las Vegas, Reissues Beck, Elliott Smith and More on Vinyl – Noise – Las Vegas Weekly". Retrieved 2016-07-29.

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