Tommy Keene

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Tommy Keene
Born (1958-06-30) June 30, 1958 (age 58)
Origin Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Genres Power pop, new wave, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1979–present
Labels Avenue, Dolphin, Geffen, Matador, Alias, Parasol, spinART, Not Lame, Eleven Thirty
Associated acts Robert Pollard, Paul Westerberg, Goo Goo Dolls, Velvet Crush, (The) Razz, Richard X. Heyman
Website Official site

Tommy Keene (born June 30, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for releasing critically acclaimed new wave/power pop songs in the 1980s. He has a longtime cult following among fans of the musical genre of power pop.[1] Originally hailing from Washington D.C., he first received critical acclaim with his pioneering pop band The Razz, who released several local independent singles. His 1984 EP Places That Are Gone became one of the year's top selling independent releases.[2] The EP garnered a four-star review in Rolling Stone, and was voted the #1 EP in the following year's Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll. Keene has since recorded and released numerous albums on such labels as Dolphin, Geffen and Matador Records. He has worked with producers T-Bone Burnett, Don Dixon, and R. Walt Vincent. He continues to record and tour and recently released an album with Robert Pollard, formerly of Guided by Voices, as 'The Keene Brothers.' Tommy's three favorite bands are The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who. Keene also played guitar on the Goo Goo Dolls' hit song, "Broadway", on their 1998 album, Dizzy Up The Girl.

Keene released his ninth original studio album, Behind The Parade, with Second Motion Records in 2011. This is the fourth release with members of the label as founder Stephen Judge also signed and released Keene's two disc retrospective Tommy Keene: You Hear Me in 2010 and his previous release, Crashing The Ether, in 2006 on his Eleven Thirty Records, while serving as A&R Director and General Manager at Redeye Distribution.


Keene attended the University of Maryland.[3] Keene graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda Maryland (class of 1976),[4] which was also the Alma Mater of fellow famed musician Nils Lofgren, who went on to play and record with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Tommy played drums in one version of Nils's early bands.[5]



Compilations and live albums[edit]


  • Places That Are Gone (1984, Dolphin)
  • Back Again (Try...) (1984, Dolphin)
  • Run Now (1986, Geffen)
  • Sleeping on a Roller Coaster (1992, Matador)


  1. ^ "Tommy Keene". Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  2. ^ Jack Leaver. "Places That Are Gone - Tommy Keene | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  3. ^ MTV bio
  5. ^ Walter Johnson High School
  6. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Billboard. 1986-07-19. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 

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