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Episode 16: Bill Lloyd

Bill Lloyd -- Photo by Steve BoyleCatchy, jangle harmonies, killer chord changes and tasty power pop licks ─ raised in Nashville but smitten by the sounds of Liverpool and beyond ─ that's the music of songwriter and primo guitarist, Bill Lloyd.

With more than twenty albums to his credit, Bill has composed countless songs on his own as well as collaborating with a bevy of acclaimed co-writers like Marshall Crenshaw, Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Amy Rigby, Graham Gouldman (10cc), Freedy Johnston, Rusty Young (Poco), Bill DeMain, Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League), Peter Case (The Plimsouls), Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Beth Nielsen Chapman, David Surface, and Radney Foster (Foster & Lloyd).

We've provided some Spotify links for you below.  You can purchase Bill Lloyd's songs digitally through iTunes and the like.  If you'd prefer physical product, many of Bill's albums are available on CD at BillLloydMusic.net and a few are available at SpyderPop.com.

Photo by Steve Boyle.  My thanks to Chipper Saam of Indie Pop Takeout for introducing me to Mr. Lloyd's music and suggesting him for the show.  Also, my thanks to Bill for his invaluable help with this page.

 

SOLO ALBUMS Album Artist Producer Song
Feeling the Elephant

(1986)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
This Very Second (Bill Lloyd)

Nothing Comes Close (Bill Lloyd)

Lisa Anne (Bill Lloyd)

Set To
Pop

(1994)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd

I Went Electric (Bill Lloyd)

S.W.A.T. Team of Love (Bill Lloyd)

Anything Less Than Love (Bill Lloyd)

A Beautiful Lie (Bill Lloyd, David Surface)

Confidence
Is High
Plus 4

(1995)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
When the Green Room Turns to Blue (Bill Lloyd, Marvin Etzioni) (YouTube audio)
Standing
On the
Shoulders
of Giants

(1999)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill Lloyd

Co-Produced by Scott Baggett & Others
Standing On the Shoulders of Giants (Bill Lloyd)

Cool and Gone (Bill Lloyd, David Surface)

Holding Back the Waterfall (Bill Lloyd, Marshall Crenshaw)

She Won't Be Back (Bill Lloyd)

Back to
Even

(2004)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill Lloyd

Co-Produced by Scott Baggett
Back to Even  (Bill Lloyd, Don Henry)

Dancing With the Past  (Bill Lloyd, Beth Nielsen Chapman)

I Got It Bad  (Bill Lloyd, Steve Allen)

The World is a Different Place Without You  (Bill Lloyd)

For the Longest Time (Bill Lloyd, Peter Case)

Oasis  (Bill Lloyd)

Boy King
of Tokyo

(2012)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
Boy King of Tokyo was conceived as a pure solo album, with Bill writing all the songs and playing all the instruments.

Boy King of Tokyo (Bill Lloyd)
An autobiographical story that's approximately 7% true.

Let It Slide (Bill Lloyd)

The Best Record Ever Made (Bill Lloyd)
Sweet jangle pop and a nah-nah refrain.

Indubitably (Bill Lloyd)

Chet's Right Hand, Man (Bill Lloyd)

Working
the Long
Game

(2018)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
Satellite (Bill Lloyd, Freedy Johnston)

What Time Won't Heal (Bill Lloyd, Graham Gouldman)

Wake Up Call  (Bill Lloyd, Jan Scarborough)

'Til the Day I Break Down (Bill Lloyd, David Surface)

The Day
After
Christmas
EP

()

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
The Day After Christmas (Bill Lloyd)

Out of Season (Bill Lloyd, Pat Buchanan)

COMPS, ETC. Album Title Artist Producer Description
Horizontal
Hold

(1989-1999)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
"Recorded 1989 - 1999 in Nashville TN.  ...Home studio recordings, session demos and even an out-take or two. ...The closest thing I’ll ever get to compiling a record that would fall in line with the music I’ve made in Nashville for “country.”  ...There’s still a good bit of rock & pop influences but this batch is definitely rootsier than any of my other solo stuff."
All In One Place

(2001)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
Originals mixed in with tribute covers that were released on separate albums, most of which are no longer available.  Includes tributes to The Raspberries, The Hollies, Bobby Fuller, Nilsson, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren,
Slide Show

(2005)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
A career overview of Bill Lloyd songs, released only in Japan.  “..,fifteen selected tracks from 1984 clear through 2004... stellar collection.”
-- Gary Pig Gold  Lost In the Grooves
Reset2014

(2014)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
The 20-year anniversary of Bill's album, "Set to Pop," with bonus tracks
Lloyd-ering

(2016)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
Bill's first CD for Texas-based Spyderpop Records was a collection of covers that includes songs by The Beatles, Byrds, Todd Rundgren, Lovin’ Spoonful and others.
It's Happening
Now

(2017)

Bill
Lloyd
Bill
Lloyd
An all-acoustic album that echoes classic acoustic pop and folk sounds like Bookends, Rubber Soul and Apple Venus

2GTRSBSDRMS

(2019)

Bill
Lloyd
&
The
Tallyman
Bill
Lloyd,
Jonathan
Bright
Captures Lloyd and his rocking’ combo running through a set of his songs at the world class Blackbird Studio in Nashville. Hi-fi pop rock
DUOS / GROUPS Album Title Artist Producer Description
Foster
&
Lloyd

(1987)

Foster
&
Lloyd
Foster
&
Lloyd
Country pop duo, Foster & Lloyd's debut album on RCA records reached #33 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and featured three top ten singles:

Crazy Over You (Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd) #4

What Do You Want From Me This Time? (Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd) #6

Sure Thing (Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd) #8

Faster
&
Llouder

(1989)

Foster
&
Lloyd
Foster
&
Lloyd,
Rick Will
Foster & Lloyd's 2nd RCA album features the top 5 hit, "Fair Shake."

Fair Shake (Foster & Lloyd, Guy Clark)

Version
of the
Truth

(1990)

Foster
&
Lloyd
Foster
&
Lloyd,
Rick Will,
Josh Leo
F&L's 3rd album for RCA includes the Grammy nominated instrumental, "Whoa!," which features an all-star lineup of Duane Eddy, Felix Cavilliere, Garry Tallent, Albert Lee, Rusty Young and R.S. Field alongside Foster & Lloyd.

Whoa! (Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd)

It's
Already
Tomorrow

(2011)

Foster
&
Lloyd
Foster
&
Lloyd,
_______
In 2011, Bill Lloyd and Radney Foster recorded this reunion album on their own "Effin' El" label.

It's Already Tomorrow (YouTube video)

From Out
of the
Blue

(2000)

The
Sky
Kings
The Sky Kings with Rob Feaster

The Sky Kings was a country supergroup consisting of Bill Lloyd, Pat Simmons (The Doobie Brothers), Rusty Young (Poco) and John Cowan (New Grass Revival).  Their second album was recorded for Warner Brothers Nashville in 1996-7, but went unreleased until Rhino Handmade made it available in 2000.

Paparazzi

(2004)

Jamie Hoover
Bill Lloyd
Jamie Hoover, Bill Lloyd A Bill Lloyd collaboration with Jamie Hoover & Dennis Diken with "...plenty of Big Star jangles and Beatlesque vocal harmonies on display."
-- Fred Mills Magnet #62 Feb. 2004
1992

(2014)

The
Sky
Kings
Josh Leo
with Larry Michael Lee and The Sky Kings

Recorded for RCA in 1992 but unreleased at the time, The Sky Kings' first album was finally offered for digital sale in 2014 by Sony Music Entertainment

Project:
Ghost
Outfit

(2019)

Project:
Ghost
Outfit
Project:
Ghost Outfit
with Steve
Marcantonio
"Project: Ghost Outfit is a collection of friends having some fun writing songs together, recording them, and,,, eventually... letting everyone else in on the music they made."  Featuring Bill Lloyd, Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Adam Shoenfeld (Sun Kat, with Katie Cook), and Keith Brogdon (Bare Jr., Foster & Lloyd).
N/A The
Long
Players
N/A The Long Players is a tribute band with  rotating musicians and singers, led by founder BIll Lloyd, which periodically performs classic albums, in sequence, live.  They also play music theme nights.  Watch their videos.

(Title / Artist / Album)

OPENING MEDLEY
Standing On the Shoulders of Giants / Bill Lloyd / Standing On the Shoulders of Giants
Trampoline / Bill Lloyd / Set to Pop
Holding Back the Waterfall / Bill Lloyd / Standing On the Shoulders of Giants
Working the Long Game / Bill Lloyd / Working the Long Game
I Got It Bad / Bill Lloyd / Back to Even

Since I Found You / Sweethearts of the Rodeo / Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Turn Around / Foster & Lloyd / Foster & Lloyd
Crazy Over You / Foster & Lloyd / Foster & Lloyd
Happiness / Bill Lloyd / It's Happening Now
Sure Thing / Foster & Lloyd / Foster & Lloyd
This Very Second / Bill Lloyd / Feeling the Elephant
Lisa Anne / Bill Lloyd / Feeling the Elephant
She Knows What She Wants / Foster & Lloyd / Faster & Llouder
Version of the Truth / Foster & Lloyd / Version of the Truth
It's Over / Foster & Lloyd / Version of the Truth
I Went Electric / Bill Lloyd / Set to Pop
The Man Who Knew Too Much / Bill Lloyd / Set to Pop
The S.W.A.T. Team of Love / Bill Lloyd / Set to Pop
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants / Bill Lloyd / Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Cool and Gone / Bill Lloyd / Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Cool and Gone / Jeffrey Foskett / Stars in the Sand
 Back to Even / Bill Lloyd / Back to Even
The World's a Different Place Without You / Bill Lloyd / Back to Even
Oasis / Bill Lloyd / Back to Even
Boy King of Tokyo / Bill Lloyd / Boy King of Tokyo
Chet's Right Hand, Man / Bill Lloyd / Boy King of Tokyo
Working the Long Game / Bill Lloyd / Working The Long Game
Satellite / Bill Lloyd / Working the Long Game
What Time Won't Heal / Bill Lloyd / Working the Long Game
Untouchable / Glenn Tilbrook / Transatlantic Ping Pong
Shopping Around / Amy RIgby / Til The Wheels Fall Off
Stop Showing Up In My Dreams / Amy Rigby / The Sugar Tree
Lightnin' Strikes / Lou Christie / Lightnin' Strikes: The Very Best of the MGM Recordings
The Best Record Ever Made / Bill Lloyd / Boy King of Tokyo

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