Damon Edge

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Damon Edge
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Background information
Birth nameThomas Wisse
Born(1949-11-12)November 12, 1949
Los Angeles, California
DiedAugust 11, 1995(1995-08-11) (aged 45)
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, percussions
Years active1976–95
Associated actsChrome

Damon Edge was the stage name of American musician Thomas Wisse. He was a founding member of the band Chrome, and he also recorded as a solo artist.[1]


Damon Edge was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He graduated from Inglewood High School in 1967 before attending the California Institute of the Arts. He earned a bachelor's degree in environmental arts in 1970.[1][2] He started the band Chrome in 1976,[1] taking inspiration from some of his teachers at Cal Arts and from a trip to Europe, where he heard Arabic music for the first time.[1] He produced a lot of the early Chrome cover artwork.

He began working at MGM and jamming with other musicians to create soundtracks for film. After recording the first Chrome album he set up Siren Records to release his own recordings. He moved to San Francisco in the mid 1970s and began recording further Chrome material. In the 1980s he moved to France after marrying Fabienne Shine.[1] They both returned to America in 1988, living in the Hollywood Hills, but split up in 1990.[1]


In August 1995[3] Edge was found dead in his Redondo Beach apartment in California. He had been lying undiscovered for about a month until a neighbour alerted the police.[4] After the breakup with his wife he had begun to drink and smoke heavily.[4] He had recently finished a new solo album in Germany.[4]

Discography (solo albums)[edit]

  • Alliance (1985)
  • I'm a Gentleman (7") (1985)
  • The Wind Is Talking (1985)
  • Grand Visions (1986)
  • The Surreal Rock (1987)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Damon Edge Website – Press", accessed April 24, 2010
  2. ^ "Official Chrome Website – The Chronichles", accessed April 24, 2010
  3. ^ "Damon Edge at allmusic", accessed April 24, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Melody Maker 11/11/95

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