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Sandi Thom

Neo-folk-rock singer/songwriter Sandi Thom generated publicity and controversy when she landed a major-label record contract on the strength of a three-week live webcast series beamed across the Internet from the basement of her flat. Born Alexandria Thom in Banff, Scotland, on August 11, 1981, she spent her teenage years in a cover band dubbed the Residents (not to be confused with the eyeball-masked avant rock eccentrics of the same name) before attending Aberdeen-based Robert Gordon's College. While attending the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts -- the so-called "Fame Academy" founded by Paul McCartney -- Thom performed with the gospel choir Love and Joy; upon graduating in 2003 she returned to Scotland, working as a session vocalist and singing on commercial jingles.

A Glasgow gig brought Thom to the attention of the fledgling indie label Viking Legacy, and she issued her debut single, "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)," in October 2005. The record earned airplay on BBC Radio 2 but the singer remained virtually unknown, maintaining a relentless tour schedule that included a stint supporting the Proclaimers on a brief U.K. tour. According to legend, Thom was returning from a gig in South Wales when her car broke down, sparking the idea to temporarily retire from the road and promote her music via more unconventional methods -- she purchased a webcam for £60 and began planning a series of 21 live gigs over as many consecutive nights, broadcast from the comforts of her Tooting flat and available free over her website, www.sandithom.com.

Launched on February 24, 2006, and streamed by professional hosting company Streaming Tank, the 21 Nights from Tooting series premiered to just 70 viewers -- a night later, however, the total jumped to 670, and by the middle of week two the tally counted 162,000, with viewers hailing from the U.S., Russia, and the Middle East. The attendant media frenzy prompted major-label execs to begin literally knocking on Thom's door, and in April she accepted an offer from Sony's RCA subsidiary, airing the actual signing of the deal via webcast as well. But Thom's seeming grassroots success brought with it a number of questions and controversies -- after all, she was no unknown, with a manager, a PR firm, and Viking Legacy all working on her behalf prior to the webcast series. Moreover, it was later revealed that Streaming Tank executives were friends of Thom's manager, Ian Brown, and agreed to cover the webcast production costs in their entirety. Some critics even charged that Sony orchestrated the event in its entirety, a charge the label denied.

RCA re-released "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker" that May, and on June 4, 2006, the single topped the U.K. pop charts, supplanting Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (not coincidentally the first song to reach number one purely on the strength of Internet downloads). Thom's debut LP, Smile...It Confuses People, arrived at retail a day after "Punk Rocker" went number one, and quickly assumed the top spot on the British albums charts as well. Her second album, The Pink and the Lily, was released in 2008. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Time EP

1. Hallelujah

2. Goodbye

3. Midnight Caller

4. Butterfly Wings

5. Seize The Day

6. Time

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Track List: The Covers Collection

1. Alone

2. Hurt

3. November Rain

4. I Can't Make You Love Me

5. Dream On

6. River

7. Times Like These

8. More Than Words

9. Black Velvet

10. Songbird

11. The Rain Song

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Track List: I Love You Like a Lunatic

1. I Love You Like a Lunatic

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Track List: Flesh And Blood (Single)

1. Flesh And Blood

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Track List: Live from London (2010)

1. Belly of the Blues (Live from London)

2. Maggie Mccall (Live from London)

3. Heart of Stone (Live from London)

4. Show No Concern (Live from London)

5. If Heartaches Were Nickels (Live from London)

6. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair) (Live from London)

7. What If I'm Right (Live from London)

8. Shape I'm In (Live from London)

9. I Need Your Love so Bad (Live from London)

10. Castles (Live from London)

11. Gold Dust (Live from London)

12. Please Accept My Love (Live from London)

13. This Ol' World (feat. Joe Bonamassa) (Live from London)

14. Runaway Train (feat. Marcus Bonfanti) (Live from London)

15. Ghost Town (Live from London)

16. When the Levee Breaks (Live from London)

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Track List: Flesh And Blood (Deluxe)

1. Help Me

2. I Owe You Zero

3. Flesh And Blood

4. The Sun Comes Crashing Down

5. In The Pines

6. The Big Ones Get Away (Feat. Buffy Sainte-Marie)

7. Stormy Weather

8. I See The Devil In You

9. Rise As One

10. I Love You Like A Lunatic

11. Save Some Mercy For Me

12. Lay Your Burden Down

14. You're Not My Man

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Track List: The Big Ones Get Away

1. The Big Ones Get Away (feat. Buffy Sainte-Marie)

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Track List: Flesh And Blood

1. Help Me

2. I Owe You Zero

3. Flesh And Blood

4. Sun Comes Crashing Down

5. In The Pines

6. Big Ones Get Away (Feat. Buffy Sainte-Marie)

7. Stormy Weather

8. I See The Devil In You

9. Rise As One

10. I Love You Like A Lunatic

11. Save Some Mercy For Me

12. Lay Your Burden Down

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Track List: Merchants And Thieves (Deluxe Edition)

1. Maggie Mccall

2. Runaway Train

3. Gold Dust

4. Let It Stay

5. Merchants And Thieves

6. Show No Concern

7. This Ol' World

8. The Sadness

9. Heart Of Stone

10. Ghost Town

11. Belly Of The Blues

12. This Ol' World (Sunset Marquis Version)

13. If Heartaches Were Nickels

14. I Need Your Love So Bad

15. House Of The Rising Sun

16. Belly Of The Blues (Live)

17. Gold Dust (Live)

18. Heart Of Stone (Live)

19. Runaway Train (Live)

20. Show No Concern (Live)

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Track List: House Of The Rising Sun

1. House Of The Rising Sun

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Track List: Merchants And Thieves

1. Maggie McCall

2. Runaway Train

3. Gold Dust

4. Let It Stay

5. Merchants And Thieves

6. Show No Concern

7. This Ol' World (Feat. Joe Bonamassa)

8. The Sadness

9. Heart Of Stone

10. Ghost Town

11. Belly Of The Blues

12. This Ol' World

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Track List: The Pink and the Lily (Deluxe Edition)

1. The Devil's Beat

2. Shape I'm In

3. Wounded Hearts

4. Saturday Night

5. Beatbox

6. Remote Control Me

7. Success' Ladder

8. Mirrors

9. Music in My Soul

10. The Pink and the Lily

11. I'm a Human Being

12. The Last Picturehouse

13. My Ungrateful Heart

14. Days of Summer

15. Speed of Life

16. The Monsters Called the Band

17. The Ghost of Stevie Ray

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Track List: The Pink and the Lily

1. The Devil's Beat

2. Shape I'm In

3. Wounded Hearts

4. Saturday Night

5. Beatbox

6. Remote Control Me

7. Success' Ladder

8. Mirrors

9. Music in My Soul

10. The Pink and the Lily

11. I'm a Human Being

12. The Last Picturehouse

13. My Ungrateful Heart

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Track List: The Devil's Beat

1. The Devil's Beat

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Track List: Lonely Girl

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Track List: What If I'm Right

1. What If I'm Right

2. Cinderella In Reverse

3. Don't Think Twice

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Track List: Smile...It Confuses People (Deluxe Edition)

1. When Horsepower Meant What It Said

2. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)

3. Lonely Girl

4. Sunset Borderline

5. Little Remedy

6. Castles

7. What If I'm Right

8. Superman

9. Human Jukebox

10. Time

11. Under the Sun

12. 3 Miles High

13. Soul Mining

14. When Horsepower Meant What It Said (Live from the Basement)

15. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair) (Live from the Basement)

16. Lonely Girl (Live from the Basement)

17. Little Remedy (Live from the Basement)

18. Castles (Live from the Basement)

19. What If I'm Right (Live from the Basement)

20. Living for the City (Live from the Basement)

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Track List: I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)

1. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with Flowers in My Hair)

2. A Light as Bright as Yours

3. May You Never

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Track List: Smile... It Confuses People

1. When Horsepower Meant What It Said

2. I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)

3. Lonely Girl

4. Sunset Borderline

5. Little Remedy

6. Castles

7. What If I'm Right

8. Superman

9. The Human Jukebox

10. Time

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bar.b2mal.ib u
I wish I were still a punk rocker with flowers in my hair and letters were the only means of communicatio n . hate emails and text.
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uvgotmaggs
"I wish I was a punk rocker" makes me smile! Wish I could hear it more.
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Sandi likes Joe Bonamassa so I had to listen to her music and I like the sound. Thumbs UP to Sandi
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Find a more up to date bio for Sandi Thom at www.sanditho m . c o m
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She's annoying, too much of a Melissa Etheridge vibe going on who is even more annoying
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Love her!

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