Thomas Johnson (music producer)

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Thomas “TJ” Johnson (born November 27, 1957 in Thomasville, North Carolina) is an American audio engineer, producer, and musician. He is best known for his work with Porno for Pyros[1] and Rancid.[2]

Johnson has been an active professional in the industry since 1981, and trained at the Recording Workshop, an audio-engineering school in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Johnson's involvement with Porno for Pyros began during the recording of their second album, Good God's Urge, on which Johnson engineered, co-produced, and played.[1] Following the album's release, Johnson toured with Porno for Pyros from 1995 until the spring of 1997, providing samples, playing keyboards, and singing backing vocals. During that time, Johnson also recorded new tracks for what should have been Porno for Pyros's third album, which were instead released on Perry Farrell’s solo effort Song Yet to Be Sung and Jane's Addiction’s Kettle Whistle.[3]

Johnson has worked with an array of major and independent labels including Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records, Mercury Records, Virgin Records, Geffen, and RCA. He also did work for Epitaph Records, and its offshoot, Hellcat Records.

In the spring of 1997, Johnson started a long relationship with Rancid, resulting in his recording Life Won't Wait[4] and Rancid 2000[5] for the Bay Area punk band.

Although still active in the recording realm, Johnson now teaches in the Entertainment Technology Department at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).


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The Internationals Busted! Engineer


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Steve Lynch Network 23 Engineer


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Hellcat Records Presents: Give 'Em the Boot V (Hellcat) Engineer


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Hellcat Records Presents: Give 'Em the Boot III (Hellcat) Engineer
That Darn Punk Original Soundtrack Original Soundtrack (Kung Fu)Engineer


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Perry Farrell Song Yet To Be Sung (Virgin) Programming, Engineer
Various Artists Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 6 (Epitaph) Engineer/Mix


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Rancid Rancid 2000 (#5) (Epitaph) Engineer/Mix
The Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project (Forsaken Recordings) Engineer
Various Artists Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 5 (Epitaph) Engineer/Mix
Voodoo Glow Skulls Symbolic (Epitaph) Engineer
The Distillers The Distillers (Hellcat/Epitaph) Produced, Engineered, & Mixed


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Various Artists Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 4 (Epitaph) Engineer/Mix
Perry Farrell Rev (Warner Brothers) Produced, Engineered, Mixed, Performed
Tiger Army Tiger Army (Hellcat/Epitaph) Mixed
Hellcat Record Presents: Give 'Em the Boot II (Hellcat/Epitaph) Engineered, Mixed, Performed
F-Minus F-Minus (Hellcat/Epitaph) Engineered & Mixed
Dropkick Murphys The Gang's All Here (Hellcat/Epitaph) Mixed
Rancid Clash Tribute LP (Sony) Mixed


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Lisa Simpson & George Clinton The Simpsons' Yellow Album (Geffen) Engineered Single
Joe Strummer (It's a Rockin' World) Chef-Aid (Sony) Engineered
Rancid (Brad Logan Single) Chef-Aid (Sony) Engineered
Mike Watt Hempilation Vol. 2 (Capricorn) Engineered & Mixed
The Specials Guilty 'Til Proved Innocent! (Grilled Cheese) Engineered
Rancid Life Won't Wait (Epitaph) Engineered & Mixed
Dr. Israel Inna City Pressure (Epitaph) Engineered
F-Minus F-Minus (Hellcat/Epitaph) Engineered & Mixed


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Porno For Pyros Free Tibet EP Performed
Jane's Addiction Kettle Whistle (Warner Bros) Engineered & Performed
Banyan CyberOctave Engineered & Performed


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Porno For Pyros The Cable Guy Soundtrack (Sony) Engineered, Mixed, & Performed
Porno For Pyros Good God's Urge (Warner Bros.) Produced, Engineered, Mixed, & Performed
Yoko Ono & IMA Kurushii Remix (Capital) Engineered, Mixed, & Produced
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones B-sides (Mercury) Engineered & Mixed


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Maids of Gravity Maids of Gravity (Vernon Yard/Virgin) Engineered & Mixed
Edna Swap Edna Swap (East/West) Engineered & Mixed


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700 Miles Dirtbomb (RCA) Engineered & Mixed
April's Motel Room Black 14 (Immortal/Sony) Engineered & Mixed
April's Motel Room EP (Immortal/Sony) Engineered & Mixed
Porno For Pyros A Little Sadness (Warner Bros.) Engineered
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Detroit Rock City (Mercury) Engineered & Mixed
July Alley Debut LP (Columbia) Engineered & Mixed
Foley 7 Years Ago (Motown) Engineered & Mixed


  1. ^ a b "404". google books. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Welcome to Thomas Johnson's Website".
  3. ^ "Kettle Whistle: Jane's Addiction, Maceo Parker, Flea: Music". Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  4. ^ "Life Won't Wait – Rancid: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  5. ^ "Thomas Johnson". Discogs.