|Click on song titles for lyrics. For MP3 () clips, click on the icons next to some of the song titles. These are links to promotional 30-second clips that live on the Gadfly Records Web site. I myself haven't made any clips or copies of Tonio's music, mostly because I lack the server space for them. Finally, be warned that the lyrics to some of the earlier songs would definitely earn the album a parental guidance sticker.|
|Special thanks to Dan
Kennedy, who did much of the work.
(With the exception of the Gadfly releases, which are CD only, all these were also—presumably—released on cassette.)
Crickets—Remnants, Vertigo VEL-1020, 1973 LP.
Listed under his real name, Steve Krikorian, Tonio sings with some members of Buddy Holly's band.
Find Out What's Happening
|2. The Crickets—Long Way from
Lubbock, Mercury (UK) 6310 007, 1974 LP.
Tonio alludes to this album in the liner notes to Rodent Weekend '76–'96 (Approximately). It was released only in the United Kingdom. Tonio sings on the two songs he wrote, and plays harmonica. Information on this one comes to us courtesy of Francis Chirsner in France.
American Love Affair (S. Krikorian)
|3. Life in the Foodchain,
U.S. black vinyl LP: Full Moon/Epic JE 35545
U.S. green vinyl promo LP: Full Moon/Epic PE 35545
Canadian gold vinyl LP: Full Moon/Epic AL 35545
Japanese LP: Sony 25-3P-135
CD reissue (1995): Gadfly 208
Amerika (Cars, Guitars & Teenage Violence), Arista AB 4271, 1980
CD reissue (1997): Gadfly 226
|5. La Bomba, Capitol/EMI
MLP-15004, 1982 mini-LP.
|6. Romeo Unchained, 1986.
LP: What?/A&M WR 8340
(Also released as What? 7-01-682406-1)
CD: What? 7-01-684261-4
CD reissue (1996): Gadfly 217
|7. Notes from the Lost Civilization,
9-song LP: What? 7-01-686806-0
9-song CD: What? 7016868613
10-song LP: What?/A&M SP 763
10-song CD: What?/A&M CD 763
CD reissue (1996): Gadfly 218
|8. ¡Olé! Gadfly 233, 1997 CD.
¡Olé! was previously released in limited quantities by Tonio himself as a bootleg cassette [Pressman Cherry Music (no number), 1993]. Things get a little confusing here: All copies of the bootleg include one song ("Dream Girls") that is not on the Gadfly version, and omit "What a Way to Live." Some copies of the bootleg include an additional song entitled "Half a Man." Tonio wrote this song, but someone else does the vocals. Clear as mud?
Weekend '76–'96 (Approximately), 1998 CD.
U.S.: Gadfly 242
Europe: Hypertension Music 74321 61729 2
253, 1999 CD.
|11. 16 Tons of
Monkeys, Gadfly 279, 2001 CD.
|12. The Raik's Progress—Sewer
Rat Love Chant, Sundazed
LP: LP 5175.
CD: SC 6212.
Sewer Rat Love Chant
1. "Mars Needs Women" b/w "Fools
Talk." Capitol SRO 9871-9872, 1982.
2. "Romeo and Jane" b/w same. What?/A&M WR-17405, 1986.
3. "Perfect World" b/w same. What?/A&M WR-17430, 1986.
4. "Perfect World" b/w "True Confessions." What? 9016816151-DJ, 1986.
5. Tonio K. Radio Special. What? 9016816577-DJ, 1986.
6. "I'm Suppose [sic] to Have Sex with You" b/w same. Chrysalis VAS 2742, 1987.
7. "I'm Supposed to Have Sex with You" b/w "True Confessions." A&M SP 12252, 1987.
8. "Stay" b/w "Executioner's Song." What? 901-6610-57X, 1988.
9. "Without Love" b/w same. What?/A&M SP-17527, 1988.
10. "Without Love" 4-song EP. What?/A&M (UK) AMY 434, 1988.
11. "You Were There" b/w Notes on: Notes from the Lost Civilization (interview). What? 9016610154, 1988.
1. "Why Did You Rob Us,
Tank?" b/w "Sewer Rat Love Chant" (with The Raik's Progress).
Liberty 55930, 1967.
2. "Better Late Than Never" b/w same. Full Moon 8-50681, 1978 (promo). One side is mono; the other side is stereo.
3. "Better Late Than Never" b/w "Willie and the Pigman." Epic 50681, 1978.
4. "The Funky Western Civilization" b/w "American Love Affair." Epic 7310, 1978 (Holland). In pic sleeve.
5. "The Funky Western Civilization" b/w same. Epic 7310, 1978 (Germany).
6. "Cinderella's Baby" b/w same. Arista AS 0521, 1980 (promo). One side is mono; the other side is stereo.
7. "Perfect World" b/w "You Will Go Free." What?/A&M HZ-2881, 1986.
8. "Perfect World" b/w same. What?/A&M HZ-2881, 1986.
9. "Stay" b/w "The Executioner's Song." What? 1206, 1988. (OK, I'm doubting the existence of this one. There is a 12" with these two songs, but I don't think there's a 45. Seeing as how I've listed the same reference number twice [see next entry], I think I made a mistake here. If this exists and you own it, e-mail me and let me know.)
10. "Stay" b/w same. What? 1206, 1988 (promo). The two sides are different mixes.
11. "Without Love" b/w "I Can't Stop." What? AM 434, 1988 (UK).
|1. "Stay." What?/A&M CD 17546/DX 3151,
"Stay." A&M S10Y 3020 (3" CD), 1988 (Japan).
3. We'll Let the Music Speak for Itself. A&M
17525 (3" CD).
4. "Without Love." Gadfly CD (no number),
1. "Notes on: Notes from the Lost Civilization."
What? (no number), 1988. Interview with portions of songs.
K.—Test Pressing." No label, 1981. Matrix number YM001.
1. Untitled (4-band sampler). Epic AS 537,
1978 12" picture disc.
|2. Dal Rock al
Rock. CBS 88470, 1979 LP (Italy).
It appears our Italian friends can't get enough of Tonio K.
3. This may well be the most obscure, hard-to-obtain Tonio K. song of them all: A ditty entitled "The Tuff Do What?"—credited to Tonio K.—was used in the film Real Genius. You'll tear your hair out when I tell you that apparently, no soundtrack album for this film was ever released.
A clip from the song appears early in the film, just after the "President's Freshman Tea" scene. As Mitch (Gabe Jarret) enters the student union, Tonio K.'s voice can be clearly heard singing: "In case you hadn't noticed/It's the dog eating dog eating dog eating dog eating/In case you hadn't noticed/It's the cat and mouse." (Remind you of "Life in the Foodchain"?) Then the volume drops sharply, and the song continues underneath the dialogue for a couple more minutes. I hope you can impress your relatives with this worthless bit of information.
4. Dance Electric. BBC Radioplay TAIR 85005, UK LP (early 1980s?). Here's a radio-only sampler LP featuring two cuts each from Paul Delph, Holly Knight, and Brock Walsh as well as Tonio K. Notably, it contains "Baby Don't Do It," which wasn't released commercially until it showed up much later on Rodent Weekend '76–'96 (Approximately).
|5. Take 'Em With You 3 (Word,
1986, 901-6786-295) & 4 (Word, 1986, 901-6218-297).
Promo sampler cassettes. Anyone still got one of these? They were part of
a promotional campaign for Word Records. You got one of these cheap if you
bought an album, and you could also enter a drawing for a free Walkman.
There were about five or six different tapes; Tonio's
"Impressed" was on tape #3, and "Perfect World"
appeared on tape #4.
6. Summer School (film soundtrack, 1987).
|7. Audio Buffet. Chrysalis, 1987. This is a promo-only CD compilation with songs from Art of Noise, Dweezil Zappa, Huey Lewis and the News, and our hero, Tonio K.|
|8. Hard Attack, Vol. 1. June 1987. Radio sampler.|
|9. The Album
Network: Top 40 CD Tuneup No. 3 and CD Tuneup No. 16. 1988.
Radio samplers for DJs. "Stay" appeared on both of these.
|10. The Best of La Bamba. Rhino 70617, 1988
CD/LP/cassette. This is a song Ritchie Valens stole from some mariachi
band. Here's Tonio (and a host of others, including the Rice University
Marching Band) stealing it back.
|11. Les Aventures (Continued). A&M 8358482, 1988.
A "various artists" promo sampler printed in West Germany, with
two tracks each from artists such as Toni Childs, the Brothers Johnson,
and Tonio K.
|12. KLBJ Local Licks Live. 1992. This compilation of live recordings from bands in Austin, Texas, produced by a local radio station, contains the recorded debut of Tonio's band 16 Tons of Monkeys.|
|13. OK, how's this for hard to find? Tonio's "Sixteen Tons" was used in Seth Winston's 1993 Showtime cable film Session Man, which, despite winning an Academy Award for best live-action short, is not even available on video. If you know where I can get a copy of this film, tell me.|
|14. Just Can't Get Enough: New
Wave Hits of the '80s, Vol 2. Rhino 71695, 1994 CD. (Note: This title
is also available on cassette, but the song we're interested in appears
only as a CD bonus track.)
|15. Strong Hand of Love: A
Tribute to Mark Heard. Fingerprint/Myrrh, 1994.
Pre-release cassette: ACC701-6979
|16. Beyond the Calico Wall. Voxx 2051,
1993 CD. This collection of mega-obscure '60s psychedelia includes Tonio's
first band, The Raik's Progress, with "Sewer Rat Love Chant,"
the B-side of their only single.
|17. Into the Anxious 80's: New
Wave Hits of the 80's. Risky Business 67306, 1995 CD.
Orphans of God. Fingerprint 9601 FCD, 1996 double CD. This is another Mark Heard
tribute collection from the fine folks at Fingerprint.
|19. Family Album. Gadfly
240, 1998 CD. A collection of songs by Gadfly artists about family
relationships. Some of the proceeds benefit U.S. child advocacy groups.
|20. Gadfly Pie. Gadfly 245,
1998 CD. Gadfly's first-ever promotional sampler includes Tonio's
"Monster Movie," a non-album tune available only here.
|21. Clay Pigeons (film
soundtrack). UNI/Universal, 1998 CD. Pat Boone, Tonio K., and Lyle Lovett
all on the same soundtrack—who'da thunk it?
|22. U-Spaces: Psychedelic
Archaeology, Volume 1. Delerium Records (no number), 1999. This
is a for-trade-only CD-R compilation put together by members of U-Spaces,
an Internet discussion group devoted to '60s psychedelia. Believe it or
not, this disc includes "Why Did You Rob Us Tank?"—the A-side
of the single Tonio released in 1967 with The Raik's Progress.
Truth is always
stranger than fiction. Always. Can you think of a less likely place for a
Tonio K. song than in a film featuring those multimillionaire
teen queens of direct-to-video, Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen? Well, it's true—reportedly there's a scene in their
London where a disco club full of Brits are groovin' to Tonio's
"The Funky Western Civilization." You'd think the Olsen girls
would have the sense to also include the song on the film's soundtrack
CD, but they didn't. Guess their hipness only goes so far.
City Presents Bands We Like, Vol. 1. Combat Zone Records, 2003 CD.
Punk sampler released by Boston's Fat City
magazine. Available free with purchase of Issue #6 of said magazine.
1. "Without Love," 1988. Never saw this
on MTV myself, but they did play it.
2. "City Life," 1988. This was filmed at Tonio's downtown L.A. apartment—appropriate, since the view from that apartment inspired him to write the song. Apparently this one got a little airplay too.
3. Austin Music Network, Tex Mix #62: Love Gone Sour. This is a cable TV show that airs on Channel 15 in Austin, Texas, and covers the local music scene. This episode features Tonio and several other artists. I'm not sure what song he sings on it. Check out the nifty Austin Music Network homepage for more information.
4. "We Walk On," 1997. Released by Gadfly to support the ¡Olé! album. Hit those request lines!
Here's a list of songs Tonio has written and/or performed but never released.