Tom Thumb Profile

Andrew Schmidt
14 Sep 2013

When it comes to hard, frantic 1960s R&B there are few superior New Zealand recordings than Tom Thumb's notorious ‘Got Love’ and their cover of the 13th Floor Elevators’ ‘You're Gonna Miss Me’.

Even better was their swelling, electric version of Tim Hardin’s ‘If I Were A Carpenter’, a big confident production from the talented Peter Dawkins.

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Witchi Tai To
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When the First Tear Shows
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Tom Thumb in the HMV studios recording Hey Bulldog, 1969
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Tom Thumb's second lineup: Bruce Sontgen, Mike Farrell, Tom Swainson and Rick White
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The second Tom Thumb lineup at The Place, Wellington, 1968- Mike Farrell, Tom Swainson, Bruce Sontgen and Rick White
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Tom Thumb c.1969: Mike Farrell, Rick White (rear), Bruce Sontgen (front), Mark Tretheway and Tom Swainson
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Tom Thumb, an early line-up: Graeme Thompson, Warren Willis, David Chappell, Sammy Shaw and Rick White
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Tom Thumb Mk.1 - Sammy Shaw, Warren Willis, Graeme Thompson and Rick White
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The 1970 concept EP Ludgate Hill, now fetching very large prices with collectors
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Rick White, Bruce Sontgen, Mike Farrell, Tom Swainson
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Tom Thumb in HMV studios, 1969: Tom Swainson, Bruce Sontgen and Rick White
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Ludgate Hill
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La Gloria

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Trivia:

Guitarist Mike Farrell played with Midge Marsden during the 1980s and wrote Midge's songs Carry My Blues Away and Burning Rain.

Drummer Tom Swainson joined Quincy Conserve in 1970.

Got Love, the B-side of Tom Thumb's third single I Need You, was banned by the NZBC for containing "unsuitable lyric content".

Jayrem Records issued a compilation of all the band's singles in 1992, plus several unreleased track from the La Gloria era.

'Got Love', 'You're Gonna Miss Me', 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It', and 'I Need You' were re-released in the late 1990s on 7-inch vinyl by Action! Records.

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Members:

Sammy Shaw - drums

Graeme Thompson - guitar, vocals

Warren Willis - organ, vocals

Paul Newton - bass

Dave Orams - bass

Dave Chappell - bass, vocals

Mark Trethaway - bass

Rick White - bass, guitar, vocals

Bruce Sontgen - vocals

Mike Farrell - guitar

Tom Swainson - drums

Paul Reid - bass

Noel Koskello - bass