Tommy Keene

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Tommy Keene
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Background information
Birth name Thomas Clay Keene
Born (1958-06-30)June 30, 1958
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Origin Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Died November 22, 2017(2017-11-22) (aged 59)
Genres Power pop, jangle pop, rock & roll, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1979–2017
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 www.tommykeene.com

Tommy Keene (born Thomas Clay Keene; June 30, 1958 – November 22, 2017)[1] was an American singer-songwriter, best known for releasing critically acclaimed rock & roll/power pop songs in the 1980s. He has a longtime cult following among fans of the musical genre of power pop.[2]

Education[edit]

Evanston, Illinois-born Keene was raised in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated in 1976 from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, which was also the alma mater of fellow musician Nils Lofgren, who went on to play and record with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Keene played drums in one version of Lofgren's early bands.[citation needed] Keene then attended the University of Maryland.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Keene 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.[4] The EP garnered a four-star review in Rolling Stone, and was voted the No. 1 EP in the following year's Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll. Keene recorded and released numerous albums on such labels as Dolphin, Geffen and Matador Records. He worked with producers T-Bone Burnett, Don Dixon, and R. Walt Vincent. He continued to record and tour and released an album with Robert Pollard, formerly of Guided by Voices, as 'The Keene Brothers.' Keene also played guitar on the Goo Goo Dolls' hit song, "Broadway", on their 1998 album, Dizzy Up The Girl.

In 2011, Keene released his ninth original studio album, Behind The Parade, with Second Motion Records. This was the fourth release working with Second Motion's founder Stephen Judge. Judge had released Keene's 2010 two disc retrospective Tommy Keene: You Hear Me and his previous release, Crashing The Ether. Keene's 2006 release Eleven Thirty Records was released while Judge was A&R Director and General Manager at Redeye Distribution.

Death[edit]

Keene died of natural causes in his sleep on November 22, 2017. He was 59 years old.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilations and live albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salam, Maya (November 24, 2017). "Tommy Keene, power-pop songwriter and star of '80s D.C. music scene, dies at 59". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Tommy Keene". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Music – Music News, New Songs, Videos, Music Shows and Playlists from MTV". Mtv.com. 
  4. ^ Jack Leaver. "Places That Are Gone - Tommy Keene | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Tommy Keene 6/30/58 – 11/22/17 – Tommy Keene". Tommykeene.com. 
  6. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Billboard. 1986-07-19. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 

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