Discography: Syd Straw

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This document is a discography of:

        Syd Straw, solo and otherwise.

Copyright © 1992-2017 by John Relph.


The latest revision of this discography can be found at:

Some information in this discography was found in the following databases:
        The John Zorn discography (Patrice Roussel)
        The Golden Palominos site (Andy Pasulka)
        The Music Central database (Microsoft)

Special thanks to: (in alphabetical order)

        Doug Ashford, Ulrich Bomnüter, Ralph Brandi, Patrick Cleasby,
        Stuart Crisman, Diane Denby, Chris Dow, Thomas Dunning,
        Kristi Eppright, Malcolm Humes, Mark E. Kehren, Steve Klein,
        Dan Kluza, Youwen Li, Benjamin Kline Lowengard, Tim McGinnis,
        Matt Merta, Vern Morrison, Robert Nedelkoff, Barbara L NL Novinger,
        Gregory Paye, David A. Pearlman, Jen Sansbury, Brian Stettin,
        Phil Zampino.

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News and Information

SYD. Actor. Singer. Writer. Rocker. Member of The Golden Palominos. To date, Syd has appeared on more than 50 albums with such artists as Rickie Lee Jones, Richard Thompson, Daniel Lanois, Wilco . . . and the list goes on.

The CD release party for Syd Straw's album Pink Velour was held at Vermont Arts Exchange, North Bennington, Vermont, on Saturday, November 17th, 2007.

Heartwreck 2006 was held at Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, New York, NY on Tuesday, February 14.

The Right Villanous John Hall recorded an original song entitled “Syd Straw” on their album 1:33 (CD 2007 Question-Behavior 837101346016).

Syd Straw makes a guest appearance in documentary called “As Smart As They Are”.

Syd Straw appears in Gigantic, a documentary about They Might Be Giants. Syd Straw toured briefly with They Might Be Giants during 1992 and appeared with them on The Tonight Show.

Syd Straw plays a math teacher on several episodes of the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, including “Space, Geeks, and Johnny Unitas”, “Valentine Day's Massacre”, “Hard Day's Pete”, and “X=Why?”. Syd Straw and Mark Mulcahy appeared together on the show. Mr. Mulcahy's song “Self Defeater” has long been a staple of Ms. Straw's live shows; it is possible that Ms. Straw also sings back-up vocals on album version (from Fathering), although it is not documented in the liner notes. Does anybody know for sure?

Syd Straw played Laurel in the PBS series Tales of the City.

Syd Straw sang in an advertisement for Budweiser beer in 1995, in a Busch ad, and did a Greyhound ad as well.

Syd Straw toured with Squeeze in 1989 and appeared on MTV Unplugged; they performed one song written by her, “Messed Around”.

Promotional videos were filmed for “Future 40's” and “Think Too Hard”.

Recent changes to this document are indicated by green type.

Abbreviations and Definitions

num.    numbered        ltd.    limited         ed.     edition
p/s     picture sleeve  std.    standard        s/s     stock sleeve
s/l     slimline        j/b     jewel box       promo   promotional
c/n     catalog number  g/f     gatefold        p/d     picture disc
b/i     back insert     p/b     paperboard      w/s     widescreen

Album:  full album release, in one or more of the formats below:
  LP    12" vinyl long-player (33 1/3 RPM)
  CD    Compact (digital) disc (std. j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CT    (Mini-) Cassette tape
  8T    8-track tape (obsolete)
  RT    Reel-to-reel tape
  DC    Digital Compact Cassette tape
  MD    MiniDisc (digital magneto-optical)
  CR    CD-R (CD Recordable or Read-Write)
  SA    Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD)
  DA    DVD Audio
  DR    DVD-R (DVD Recordable or Read-Write)
  DD    Digital Download (see Other Formats below)

Single: single or EP release, in one or more of the formats below:
  7"    45 RPM vinyl
  10"   45 RPM vinyl
  12"   45 RPM vinyl
  C3    CD-3, 3" (8 cm) CD single
  C5    5" (12 cm) CD single (s/l j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CS    (Mini-) Cassette single (p/b p/s unless otherwise indicated)
  EP    Extended play single or mini-album (vinyl, usually 33 1/3 RPM)
  F7    7" flexi-disc, flexible vinyl single (usually one-sided)

Video:  video release, in one or more of the formats below:
  VHS   VHS-format video tape
  Beta  Beta-format video tape
  BRD   Blu-ray Disc
  UMD   Universal Media Disc (Sony PlayStation Portable)
  HVD   High-Definition Versatile Disc (HD DVD)
  DVD   Digital Versatile (Video) Disc (including DVD-ROM)
  VCD   Video CD, popular in Asia (MPEG1)
  CLV   Video disc in Constant Linear Velocity format (8" or 12")
  CAV   Video disc in Constant Angular Velocity format (8" or 12")
  LDS   Laser Disc single (Japan)
  VHD   Video High Density, obsolete laser disc format (Japan)
  NTSC  Video format for U.S.A. and Japan
  PAL   Video format for the E.C. (except France), Scandinavia, Australia
  SECAM Video format for France

Other Formats:
  ROM   CD-ROM, computer-readable disc
  MP3   Layer 3 MPEG encoded audio
  WMA   Windows Media Audio
  PZD   PocketZip floppy disk storage system
  Pub   A publication: a book, songbook, pamphlet, magazine, etc.

  Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4   Calendar quarters: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
  Radio Show    A release specially recorded for radio airplay.
  Interview     An interview transcription disc.
  Collection    A collection of tracks by this artist, usually previously
                released on various albums and singles.
  Compilation   A compilation of tracks by various artists.
  Soundtrack    Soundtrack to a film or play released in Album format.
  Box Set       Box set of previously released and/or unreleased material.
  Songbook      Book of words and music.
  Bootleg       Unauthorized release of previously unreleased material
                consisting of concert recordings, studio outtakes, and
                radio or television broadcasts.
  Pirate        Unauthorized release of previously released material
                without attempting to make the album look like an original.
  Counterfeit   Unauthorized copy of an officially released album.

Country codes are InterNIC domain names, except for the following:
        AA  Australasia         AS  Asia                BX  BeNeLux
        EU  Europe (EC/EEC/EU)  SC  Scandinavia         SO  South America
        WG  West Germany (prior to August 1990)         WW  Worldwide

The Fine Print

Please do not ask me where to find rare recordings, bootlegs, videos, or other releases listed in this discography.  Please do not ask me where you can get scans of artwork for these releases.  This discography is a list of releases that have been made available over time, not a list of my personal collection.  Just because any given release is listed in this discography does not mean that I own that release, nor does it indicate that I am willing to trade, sell, or make tape copies of that or any other release.  If you are looking for such recordings, try attending record shows, reading collector magazines, and hunting in used record shoppes.

While the existence of unauthorized recordings may be documented herein, I cannot advise on the legality of such recordings, nor can I advise where such recordings can be obtained.

All singles and EPs have a picture sleeve (p/s) unless otherwise noted.  Unless otherwise noted, CDs come in a standard jewel-box and CD-singles come in a slim-line jewel-box.  An “obi” is the paper strip (literally, the “sash”) that comes wrapped around most Japanese LPs and CDs.

Song authorship is denoted by names enclosed in braces, e.g., “{Blegvad/Moore}”.  Where possible, the name of the lyricist appears first.

Information flagged with a question mark has not been verified (a guess, a rumour).  If you have further information about these or other related releases or if you can supply missing artwork, please write me.

Many CD track times were found using my compact disc player and the time indicated on your CD player may vary slightly (± 1-3 seconds), due to the way different machines calculate track times.

Address all correspondence to:
       John Relph <John.Relph at alumni dot usc dot edu>

This list was compiled and formatted by John Relph.

While information about particular releases is not copyright and may be used without permission, the compilation of this information in this discography in this format is copyright and may not be published in any form whatsoever without the permission of the author.  Just ask.

This discography may be distributed electronically and otherwise if and only if the entire copyright notice and attributions are included.

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