The man behind pHoaming Edison is James Kavoussi, a musician/engineer who has also been a longtime member of the adventurous New York City group Fly Ashtray. Kavoussi, guitarist/singer/bassist John Beekman, guitarist Chris Thomas, bassist/guitarist Mike Anzalone, and drummer Eric Thomas formed Fly Ashtray at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY, during the late '80s. The group's first release, Nothing Left to Spill, was an eclectic, post-punk compilation of the group's early work. Kavoussi began releasing albums under the pHoaming Edison nom de plume in 1995, with the LP Sold to the Highest Grady (on Dark Beloved Cloud). The appropriately titled Sold to the Second Highest Grady, also on Dark Beloved Cloud, emerged in 1996. The new millennium saw the release of pHoaming Edison's most fully realized effort, Happy Nap Casino. The album ran the gamut from lo-fi to noise to psychedelia and featured a cover of "Theme From Casino Royale," as well as the George Harrison composition "Only a Northern Song" (from the Yellow Submarine album).