Marty Thau

Profile:
Marty Thau is an American rock 'n' roll entrepreneur and music producer. He is best known as the founder of Red Star Records in 1977, arguably America's first full - fledged post '60s indie punk - new wave label and for being the manager of the New York Dolls and co-producer of Suicide's classic self-titled debut album.

After spending the latter half of the '60s as an award winning record industry executive at Cameo-Parkway and Buddah Records, he joined an independent production/publishing/management company, Inherit Productions, as one of three partners. In Thau's 12 months at Inherit the company released two classic albums by Van Morrison, Astral Weeks and Moondance, Vintage Violence by ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale, the debut album by rock power-trio Glass Harp, an album by Cass Elliot.

He left Inherit in 1972 to become head of A&R for Paramount Records but resigned six months later to manage the renewal of rock 'n' roll in the form of the legendary New York Dolls.

The Dolls urban street attitude, gender parodying irreverence, and songs drawn from such disparate influences became the prototype for punk rock. After the Dolls disbanded in 1975, Thau entered New York's underground demimonde and was integral to the scene's development as a spawning ground of punk-new wave artists.

He is acknowledged as such in the Encyclopedia of Record Producers, a Billboard Magazine reference book that lists the 500 most important record producers in music history and behind the scenes heroes of popular music.

In addition to the Dolls, he worked with prominent punk and new wave artists such as The Ramones, Blondie, Brian Setzer, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Real Kids, The Fleshtones, Martin Rev and Walter Steding for his Red Star label.

In 1980, he released a New Wave compilation album through Red Star called Marty Thau Presents 2x5, which featured 2 songs each from New York City bands The Fleshtones, The Revelons, Bloodless Pharaohs (featuring Brian Setzer), Comateens, and Student Teachers.

In later years, Thau licensed Red Star recordings to other labels for release, sometimes under his own name, Martin Thau.

Marty Thau died on February 13, 2014 at the age of 75.
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Artist

Marty Thau Discography Tracks

Instruments & Performance

Blondie Blondie - Blondie (Album) Private Stock US 1976 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

The Ohio Express* Soul Struttin' The Ohio Express* - Beg, Borrow And Steal (Album) Cameo US 1967 Sell This Version
Jamie Lyons (2) Soul Struttin' (as M. Thau) Jamie Lyons (2) - Soul Struttin' / Flowers To Sunshine (Single) Laurie Records France 1967 Sell This Version
1910 Fruitgum Company Soul Struttin' (as M. Thau) 1910 Fruitgum Company - Simon Says (Album) Buddah Records US 1968 Sell This Version
NEPC 303 1910 Fruitgum Co.* Soul Struttin' (as M. Thau) 1910 Fruitgum Co.* - May I Take A Giant Step(7", EP) Pye Records NEPC 303 Singapore 1968 Sell This Version
1910 Fruitgum Co.* Soul Struttin' (as M. Thau) 1910 Fruitgum Co.* - The Train / Soul Struttin' Buddah Records Italy 1969 Sell This Version
Connie Z Connie Z - The Way To Become The Sensuous Woman By "J" Atlantic US 1971 Sell This Version
Various Soul Struttin' (as Thau) Various - Golden Hour Of Simon Says (Comp) Golden Hour UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones Soul Struttin' (as Thau) The Fleshtones - Blast Off! (Album, EP) ROIR (Reachout International Records) US 1982 Sell This Version
Human Touch Human Touch - Love Glove (Single) Active Records US 1992 Sell This Version
RES 2314 1910 Fruitgum Company Soul Struttin' 1910 Fruitgum Company - The Best Of 1910 Fruitgum Company(CD, Comp, Mono, RM) Repertoire Records RES 2314 Germany 2006 Sell This Version

Featuring & Presenting

Blondie Blondie - Blondie (Album) Private Stock US 1976 Sell This Version

Production

New York Dolls New York Dolls - New York Dolls (Album) Mercury US 1973 Sell This Version
Dirty Angels (2) Debris and 1 more… Dirty Angels (2) - Rock And Roll Love Letter/Debris (Single) Sire US 1975 Sell This Version
The Real Kids The Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls (Single) Red Star Records, Bronze UK 1977 Sell This Version
The Real Kids The Real Kids - The Real Kids (Album) Red Star Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Suicide Suicide - Suicide (Album) Red Star Records, Red Star Records US 1977 Sell This Version
Suicide Suicide - Cheree (Single) Bronze UK 1978 Sell This Version
none Suicide / The Real Kids Solid Gold and 1 more… Suicide / The Real Kids - Johnny / Solid Gold(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Red Star Records none UK 1978 Sell This Version
RSS-1 Fleshtones* Fleshtones* - American Beat(7", Single) Red Star Records RSS-1 US 1979 Sell This Version
New York Dolls New York Dolls - Lipstick Killers (Album) ROIR (Reachout International Records) US 1981 Sell This Version
Richard Hell And The Voidoids* Richard Hell And The Voidoids* - Destiny Street (Album) Red Star Records US 1982 Sell This Version
The Fleshtones The Fleshtones - Blast Off! (Album, EP) ROIR (Reachout International Records) US 1982 Sell This Version
Johnny Dynell And New York 88 Johnny Dynell And New York 88 - Jam Hot (Maxi, Single) Acme Music Corporation, Acme Music Corporation US 1983 Sell This Version
AMC 8303 Johnny Dynell And New York 88 Johnny Dynell And New York 88 - The Big Throwdown(12") Acme Music Corporation AMC 8303 US 1983 Sell This Version