T. Tex Edwards

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T. Tex Edwards
Born Dallas, TX, US
Genres Alternative country, outlaw country, cowpunk, garage punk, garage rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, performer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1973–present
Labels Sympathy for the Record Industry, New Rose, Honey Records, Saustex, Get Hip
Associated acts The Idiots, The Nervebreakers, Tex & The Saddletramps, Out on Parole, The Loafin' Hyenas, The Swingin' Cornflake Killers, Tex & The Toetags, The Affordable Caskets, Purple Stickpin
Website [1]

Thom "Tex" Edwards (born in Dallas, Texas), is an American country and punk rock vocalist and songwriter. Allmusic Guide calls him "a pioneering, under-appreciated, and often neglected chronicler of the offbeat and eccentric traditions of country rock & roll."

Punk years[edit]

T. Tex Edwards came to prominence as the lead vocalist of Dallas area punk band The Nervebreakers. They had a minor hit with the single "My Girlfriend is a Rock," and opened for bands like The Ramones in 1977, Sex Pistols on their 1978 US Tour and The Clash in 1980.

Country rock[edit]

After The Nerverbreakers, influenced by The Cramps and Gun Club T. Tex turned to rockabilly with Tex & The Saddletramps. Their song "Move It!" was later covered by LeRoi Brothers, but the band soon disbanded. Other acts followed, like Out on Parole in 1984, Loafin' Hyenas in 1987, followed by a succession of other bands named tongue firmly in the cheek: The Swingin' Cornflake Killers (1991–1996), Tex & The Toetags (1998–2000), The Affordable Caskets (2000–2003) and Purple Stickpin (2010–current).

Both Out on Parole and Loafin' Hyenas released LPs in the late 1980s and early 1990s followed by a succession of 7" singles on various independent labels and under numerous names. "Up Against the Floor," backed by The Swingin' Cornflake Killers, came out in 1996 and a retrospective compilation of odds and ends "Intexicated!" came out in 2012.

Partial discography[edit]

Title Label Year
The Nervebreakers

Politics 7"

Wild Child 1978
The Nervebreakers

Hijack the Radio 7"

Wild Child 1979
The Nervebreakers

I'd Much Rather Be With the Boys 7"

Wild Child 1981
T. Tex Edwards & Out on Parole

Smitty 7"

Sympathy For the Record Industry 1989
Loafin' Hyenas

Scatter 7"

Sympathy For the Record Industry 1989
Loafin' Hyenas

Forbidden See 7"

Sympathy For the Record Industry 1989
T. Tex Edwards & Out on Parole

Pardon Me, I've Got Someone To Kill

Sympathy For the Record Industry 1989
T. Tex Edwards & The Sickoids

Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine 7"

Sympathy For the Record Industry 1990
Loafin' Hyenas

The Loafin' Hyenas

New Rose 1991
T. Tex Edwards & Lithium X-Mas

Strange Movies 7"

Sympathy For the Record Industry 1991
T. Tex Edwards & The Swingin' Cornflake Killers

Jekyll & Hyde 7"

Honey 1993
T. Tex Edwards & The Swingin' Cornflake Killers

Jekyll & Hyde 7"

Honey 1993
Nervebreakers

Hijack the Radio

Honey 1994
Nervebreakers

We Want Everything

Honey 1994
T. Tex Edwards & The Swingin' Cornflake Killers

Up Against the Floor

Honey 1996
T. Tex Edwards

Intexicated!

Saustex 2012
T. Tex Edwards & Homer Henderson

Strychnine Wine 7"

Kritterhex Records 2013

References[edit]

  1. AllMusic Biography
  2. Saustex Records Interview
  3. PunkGlobe article on Nervebreakers
  4. Official Nervebreakers Website

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