Tommy Keene

Real Name:
Thomas Clay Keene
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Tommy Keene (born June 30, 1958, Bethesda, Maryland, USA – died November 22, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and percussionist.
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none Strange Alliance — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Strange Alliance (Album) Avenue Records none US 1982 Sell This Version
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M5 24090 Songs From The Film — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Songs From The Film (Album) Geffen Records M5 24090 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
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XGHS 24221 Based On Happy Times — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Based On Happy Times (Album) Geffen Records XGHS 24221 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
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OLE 177 Ten Years After — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Ten Years After (Album) Matador OLE 177 US 1995 Sell This Version
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APCY 8428 Isolation Party — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Isolation Party (Album) Matador APCY 8428 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
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none Showtunes The Live Tommy Keene Album — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Showtunes The Live Tommy Keene Album(CD, Album) Not On Label (Tommy Keene Self-released) none US 2001 Sell This Version
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SPART 105 The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (Album) SpinART Records SPART 105 US 2002 Sell This Version
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ELV-7010 Crashing The Ether — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Crashing The Ether (Album) Eleven Thirty Records ELV-7010 US 2006 Sell This Version
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CD-SMR-008 In The Late Bright — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene In The Late Bright (Album) Second Motion Records CD-SMR-008 US 2009 Sell This Version
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none Burnett / Dixon Demos — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Burnett / Dixon Demos(CDr, Album) Kool Kat Musik none US 2009 Sell This Version
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LP-SMR-035 Behind The Parade — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Behind The Parade (Album) Second Motion Records LP-SMR-035 US 2011 Sell This Version
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SMR-038 Excitement At Your Feet: The Tommy Keene Covers Album — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Excitement At Your Feet: The Tommy Keene Covers Album (Album) Second Motion Records SMR-038 US 2013 Sell This Version
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SDMR-039 Laugh In The Dark — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Laugh In The Dark (Album) Second Motion Records SDMR-039 US 2015 Sell This Version
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none Showtunes II — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Showtunes II(CD, Album) Not On Label (Tommy Keene Self-released) none US 2016 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

AVE 002 Back To Zero Now/Mr. Roland — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Back To Zero Now/Mr. Roland (Single) Avenue Records AVE 002 US 1982 Sell This Version
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DLP 2003 Places That Are Gone — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Places That Are Gone (EP, Album) Dolphin Records (4) DLP 2003 US 1984 Sell This Version
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DPRO 52953 Back Again (Try...) — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Back Again (Try...)(12") Dolphin Records (4) DPRO 52953 US 1984 Sell This Version
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92 86787 Listen To Me/Faith In Love — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Listen To Me/Faith In Love (Single) Geffen Records 92 86787 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
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9 28678-7 Listen To Me / Kill Your Sons — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Listen To Me / Kill Your Sons (Single) Geffen Records 9 28678-7 US 1986 Sell This Version
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92 87527 Places That Are Gone — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Places That Are Gone (Single) Geffen Records 92 87527 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
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M5G 24128 Run Now — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Run Now (EP) Geffen Records M5G 24128 US 1986 Sell This Version
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PRO-A-3414-1 Based On Happy Times — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Based On Happy Times Geffen Records PRO-A-3414-1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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PRO-CD-3414 Our Car Club — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Our Car Club(CD, Single, Promo) Geffen Records PRO-CD-3414 US 1989 Sell This Version
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OLE 039-2 Sleeping On A Roller Coaster — Tommy Keene Tommy Keene Sleeping On A Roller Coaster(CD, EP) Matador OLE 039-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
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NW4019 Songs For Slim — Tommy Keene Lucinda Williams / Tommy Keene With R. Walt Vincent Lucinda Williams / Tommy Keene With R. Walt Vincent - Songs For Slim (Single) New West Records NW4019 US 2013 Sell This Version

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RollingStone1989

RollingStone1989

October 23, 2022
a true power pop gem. and so unknown outside the US, typically.
dizasta98

dizasta98

November 25, 2020
Great musician, almost a year now that he's been gone. Had the fortune of catching him a half-dozen times between 2015-19, which was a testament to his dedication to life on the road. RIP.
BankofVinyl

BankofVinyl

March 8, 2012
Hailing from Bethesda, Maryland, Tommy Keene is a guitarist and singer/songwriter who plays and writes melodic guitar-based pop/rock. As a child, Keene played classical piano before picking up guitar and drums. He spent his teenage years drumming in a rock trio called Blue Steel, whose original guitar player, Mike Lofgren, was the younger brother of Nils Lofgren. Consequently, Keene's first notable gig was when Blue Steel opened for Lofgren's band Grin. In 1977, while attending the University of Maryland, Keene switched to guitar and formed the short-lived band the Rage with songwriter Richard X. Heyman. During this period, Keene left the Rage to join a popular Washington, D.C. rock band called the Razz, who opened for such notable acts as the Ramones, Devo, and Patti Smith. It was in the Razz that Keene met bass player Ted Nicely, who would work with him throughout the '80s.

After the Razz, Keene embarked on a European tour as a sideman for new wave singer Suzanne Fellini, before co-founding a band called Pieces in New York. Unhappy with the music, Keene decided to form his own group with Nicely and drummer Doug Tull (also from the Razz), plus a guitar player named Michael Colburn, who was soon replaced by Billy Connelly. Using Keene's name, they released Strange Alliance on their own Avenue label in 1982, before being picked up by the Dolphin label out of North Carolina. Keene recorded two EPs there before being signed to Geffen, which released two full albums, Songs from the Film and Based on Happy Times, as well as Run Now, a six-song EP of previously recorded material, before dropping Keene from its roster.

With a new backup band that included bassist/vocalist Brad Quinn and drummer John Richardson, Keene inked a deal with Matador in the early '90s, recording the EP Sleeping on a Roller Coaster and a full-length album entitled Ten Years After in 1996. In 1993, Alias released The Real Underground, a retrospective of Keene's career that included a wealth of unreleased tracks and out of print material from the '80s. In addition to recording and touring behind his records, Tommy Keene spent some of the '90s as a guitarist for hire, on the road with both Velvet Crush and Paul Westerberg. In 1998, Keene released a new studio album, Isolation Party. Four years later, Keene hooked up with his longtime rhythm section of John Richardson and Brad Quinn, Wilco's Jay Bennett, singer/songwriter Adam Schmitt, and ex-Gin Blossoms frontman Robin Wilson to issue The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down in June. In 2004, he switched lineups and released Drowning, and two years later, his tenth solo record, Crashing the Ether, came out on Eleven Thirty Records. In the Late Bright followed in 2009 on Second Motion. The following year saw the release of the double-disc, career-spanning compilation Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009. In 2011, Keene returned with the studio album Behind the

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