Tim Livingston

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With over 35 years experience in the regional music scene the All Music Guide calls Tim Livingston "…a pioneering figure on the punk scene in New York State’s Hudson Valley” and The Times Union calls him an "Albany rock legend". He was the founding member of one of Albany’s first punk bands (the Morons 1979-1982) and he currently fronts the critically acclaimed rock band the Last Conspirators. In 2007 with the release of his album WARPARTY, "Hudson Valley punk rock pioneer", front man and songwriter, Tim Livingston, hit the boards once again with his new band The Last Conspirators. In 2010 the band released their sophomore effort “WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN” and their third album, A Celebration of Fury, in 2013 and the latest Hold That Thought Forever in 2016.

The Times Union named WARPARTY one of the BEST CDS OF 2007 saying; ‘The most potent politically charged disc of the year, walking the tightrope between punk passion and polished professionalism." The album release had been supported by a series of showcase live shows including; Tim’s return to LARKfest (the Capital Region’s largest festival) opening dates for roots-rockers the Blasters, UK legends New Model Army on their North American tour, ( including sold-out shows at the Mercury Lounge in NYC & Maxwells NJ) , Japanese girl group Shonen Knife, Alt-rock legend Mike Watt, opened the first-ever Hudson Music Festival at Club Helsinki and have showcased at other various club and concert dates. In 2010 The Last Conspirators released a 5 song EP “When It All Comes Down” on the Driving Rain Music label. Metroland Magazine named it one of the “Best Local Albums of the Year,” and the national music magazine the Big Takeover declared ”If you want to know where the real songwriters in punk are this day and age, look no further".

In 1979, at the age of eighteen, along with JB Homicide, he started his first band, the Morons. Under the alias of TL Stone he fronted the Morons for over two years, in the process co-writing over forty songs. The Albany, NY based punk rock group wreaked havoc across the Capital Region during their day. Notorious for their rambunctious stage show and satirical social commentary, the self-proclaimed “Only Band That NEVER Mattered”, offered up “Modern Music For A Not So Intelligent World” powered by a fast punk/pop beat. In a 1981 review, the Times Union called them “a snottier version of the New York Dolls”. Metroland Magazine hailed the first single saying: “it shows an affinity to the basic drive of British punk circa 1977.. ‘Suburbanite’ is a nifty little rocker, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics that set it apart from the pack.. the band’s playing is top-notch and the arrangement, which even features a Stones style sax break at the end, is marvelous”. Years later, the same magazine remembered them as “desperate and flashy”.

Starting as a party joke, the Morons began life “Chewing on Tin Foil”, and staked their claim with such songs as: “John T Law”, “I Got Television”, “Here Come The Cats with the Jetpacks!”, “BOY” and “Ballad of a Moron”. They started playing house parties, showcase gigs, and dives throughout the area from opening slots for the Cramps, the Stranglers, the Motels, Gary Myrick & the Figures, SVT, Blotto and others, at J.B. Scotts, to one night stands at early capital region scene clubs like 288 Lark, the Chateau Lounge, Hullabaloo, Blue Angel, Towne Tavern and Bogarts.

After the Morons’ demise, away from the live scene, Livingston continued to write and record demos. Some of these were re-recorded to become 1993’s Beneath The Apocalyptic Rain, an album released on compact disc under the band name GhostRunner. Comprised of a mix of storming rockers and empty-bottle ballads, the album had Buzz Magazine declaring Livingston was “back with a vengeance”. New York Roxx Magazine hailed it as one of their “favorite releases of the year... Pink Floyd B-sides played by the legendary punk band the Sex Pistols... destined to be a cult classic..” . Despite the critical acclaim, Livingston’s days as Ghostrunner were numbered and the band played only five gigs before vanishing with the only trace being one brilliant album .

Since forming the Last Conspirators TL has remained active by showcasing and recording the band. He is also the Director of Sales and Publicity and a product manager for reissue record label Sundazed Music since 1996.
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Vocals

LB-001 Tim Livingston - Suburbanite / Changing Days album art The Morons (2) The Morons (2) - Suburbanite / Changing Days(7", Single) Lark Beat LB-001 US 1981 Sell This Version
MCE12330417 Tim Livingston - Hudson Rock album art Various Gimme Various - Hudson Rock(LP, Comp) MCE Records MCE12330417 US 1982 Sell This Version
OR 1092 Tim Livingston - Beneath The Apocalyptic Rain album art Ghost Runner Ghost Town and 9 more… Ghost Runner - Beneath The Apocalyptic Rain(CD, Album) Overwellum Records OR 1092 US 1993 Sell This Version
DRM 420 Tim Livingston - Warparty album art The Last Conspirators Tribulation Blues and 9 more… The Last Conspirators - Warparty(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 420 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Tim Livingston - Drop The Bomb #4 -  Rare & Unknown US Punk 1977-'83 album art Various Suburbanite Various - Drop The Bomb #4 - Rare & Unknown US Punk 1977-'83(CDr, Comp, Unofficial) Big One Records (2) none US 2010 Sell This Version
DRM 421 Tim Livingston - When It All Comes Down album art The Last Conspirators Who Wants A Revolution Anyway and 4 more… The Last Conspirators - When It All Comes Down(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 421 US 2010 Sell This Version
DRM 422 Tim Livingston - A Celebration Of Fury album art The Last Conspirators No Time For Egos and 6 more… The Last Conspirators - A Celebration Of Fury(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 422 US 2013 Sell This Version
DRM 423 Tim Livingston - Hold That Thought Forever album art The Last Conspirators Tracks and 10 more… The Last Conspirators - Hold That Thought Forever(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 423 US 2016 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

LB-001 Tim Livingston - Suburbanite / Changing Days album art The Morons (2) The Morons (2) - Suburbanite / Changing Days(7", Single) Lark Beat LB-001 US 1981 Sell This Version
OR 1092 Tim Livingston - Beneath The Apocalyptic Rain album art Ghost Runner Ghost Town and 9 more… Ghost Runner - Beneath The Apocalyptic Rain(CD, Album) Overwellum Records OR 1092 US 1993 Sell This Version
DRM 420 Tim Livingston - Warparty album art The Last Conspirators Tribulation Blues and 9 more… The Last Conspirators - Warparty(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 420 US 2007 Sell This Version
DRM 421 Tim Livingston - When It All Comes Down album art The Last Conspirators Who Wants A Revolution Anyway and 4 more… The Last Conspirators - When It All Comes Down(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 421 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Tim Livingston - Drop The Bomb #4 -  Rare & Unknown US Punk 1977-'83 album art Various Suburbanite Various - Drop The Bomb #4 - Rare & Unknown US Punk 1977-'83(CDr, Comp, Unofficial) Big One Records (2) none US 2010 Sell This Version
DRM 422 Tim Livingston - A Celebration Of Fury album art The Last Conspirators No Time For Egos and 6 more… The Last Conspirators - A Celebration Of Fury(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 422 US 2013 Sell This Version
DRM 423 Tim Livingston - Hold That Thought Forever album art The Last Conspirators Tracks and 10 more… The Last Conspirators - Hold That Thought Forever(CD, Album) Driving Rain Music DRM 423 US 2016 Sell This Version

Production

OR 1092 Tim Livingston - Beneath The Apocalyptic Rain album art Ghost Runner Ghost Runner - Beneath The Apocalyptic Rain(CD, Album) Overwellum Records OR 1092 US 1993 Sell This Version
SC 6166 Tim Livingston - Music Emporium album art Music Emporium Music Emporium - Music Emporium (Album) Sundazed Music SC 6166 US 2001 Sell This Version
SC 6208 Tim Livingston - Good Taste Is Timeless album art The Holy Modal Rounders The Holy Modal Rounders - Good Taste Is Timeless (Album) Sundazed Music SC 6208 US 2003 Sell This Version
LP 5478 Tim Livingston - Mercury Singles (1966-1968) album art The Blues Magoos* The Blues Magoos* - Mercury Singles (1966-1968)(LP, Album, Comp, Mono, 180) Sundazed Music LP 5478 US 2016 Sell This Version

Visual

LP 5036 Tim Livingston - Volume One album art West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band* West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band* - Volume One(2xLP, Mono, RE, RM, Gat) Sundazed Music LP 5036 US 1997 Sell This Version
SC 6146 Tim Livingston - The Meters album art The Meters The Meters - The Meters (Album) Sundazed Music SC 6146 US 1999 Sell This Version
LP 5067, P 32695 Tim Livingston - Now Or Anywhere album art Spirit (8) Spirit (8) - Now Or Anywhere(LP, Comp, RM, 180) Sundazed Music, Sony Music Special Products LP 5067, P 32695 US 2000 Sell This Version
VSCD-1827(I), Euphoria 189 Tim Livingston - Moten Swing! album art Kenny Burrell Kenny Burrell - Moten Swing!(CD, Comp, Ltd) Vivid Sound, Euphoria (2) VSCD-1827(I), Euphoria 189 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
SC 6041 Tim Livingston - Too Many Spaces album art The Stillroven The Stillroven - Too Many Spaces(CD, Album) Sundazed Music SC 6041 US 2003 Sell This Version
SC 11148 Tim Livingston - Beautiful ! Live In San Francisco, 1971 album art The Youngbloods The Youngbloods - Beautiful ! Live In San Francisco, 1971(CD, Album) Sundazed Music SC 11148 US 2005 Sell This Version