T is for Tah (Palo Alto Rock a A to Z): Tommy Jordan, Paly ’81

He let us change lanes

I just left Tommy Jordan a long voice mail, to inform him he is Mr. T, in the context of Palo Alto rock history. (Actually, although I probably said forty things and made five jokes, before the machine cut me off, I did not think of that mohawk dude; interestingly, to somebody, although my brother Rick and I are ot as close as the twins Tommy and Amy, I want to mention that my brother Rick Weiss, the engineer — HP, Fusion I-O, SanDisk, Western Digital, Mitsubishi I think, some San Diego think that resembled Tracy Kidder — Tracy with a “T” mind you — Soul of A New Machine — hey, that’s very Geggy Tah’esque line — wrote his one and onliest paper while at UCSD and incidentally I think he overlapped there with the great Palo Altan music executive from Paly ’79 or ’80 Marc Geiger – -whose father was sort of like my brother an engineer, I think, at CPI — on Mr. T. He was an EECS major at Warren College — while Geiger was likely at Revelle –I’ll have to get this clarified somedy — they probably have a dorm named for him by now — and took five years to graduate — we are still on my brother Rick and digressing from Tommy Jordan — and only took one course apparently that required knowledge of the human language or writtin language, and he wrote something in sociology of a world with humans and machines about a tv show. Anyways, if i get a minute I will try to recreate my voice message to Tommy, minus a few personal bits.

Tommy probably hates this but after Geggy Tah put ot two cds, his partner Greg Kurstin went on to produce, just this century, since 2001 In the Oh, 134 sessions as producer — or got that many production credits, according to All Music dot com. Greg Kurstin also has won Grammy Producer of the Year non-classical twice in a row and counting — the first person to do that since Babyface back in 1997.

As a rabid and zealous Palo-centric, I’m going to go out and bang a gong to say that Tommy Jordan made Greg Kurstin.
Also: Noise pop co-founder and Death Cab discoverer — the way that 250 years ago Portola discovered Palo Alto, or El Palo Alto — Jordan Kurland said that Geggy Tah was his favorite local band in college at Claremont.
Also also: Tommy plays drums on or steel drums on Jack Johnson.

oh, yeah, I counted and on the breakthrough Sacred Cow, Tommy plays 14 instruments and drives the car whereas Geggy plays 11 and rides shotgong.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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1 Response to T is for Tah (Palo Alto Rock a A to Z): Tommy Jordan, Paly ’81

  1. Marc Geiger says:

    Mark, thanks for the kind words….Can you send me Tommy’s email???

    Oh, hey, that is a former Paly baseball player, maybe one of the four or five greatest Jewish prep Palo Altans of all time – -with Joc Pedersen, Marc Geiger’s son who hit .400, and Kenny Switzer of Gunn, plus Ari Smolar a rising sophomore who was all-SCVAL frosh soph for the Vikes — who went on to become head of music for William Morris Endeavor until that became his end in a corporate coup of some sort that is too rich for my grade of play dough here in Plasticlandia….hit me, Sparky, and I will conjure up Mister Tah! (Although I forget exactly why that last line is a baseball reference, something about the Reds manager going to the bullpen too soon, or ahead of his time…)..And as I write this I wonder if, watching the Giants, does Kyle Hendricks on the mound in Chicago know that Jason Heyward in right they are both Dartmouth guys? Heyward’s parents are both alums…and one of the RSVPs for Steve Poltz is a fiddle player who plays with Tim Flannery a former Giants coach, I think….If Leone has an at bat they should play the theme from “Good The Bad The Ugly”

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