Musical palate cleanser, these are artists that are gone edition

Man, another great musician younger than I am passed.

New wave / power-pop musician Tommy Keene has passed away, aged 59.

A post on the cult singer-songwriter’s official website confirmed Keene had “passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday (November 22).”

Over his 40-year career, Keene released 12 full-length albums and signed deals with labels Geffen and Matador Records. In this time, he collaborated with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. His career began as a guitarist in Washington D.C. bands, including the Rage and the Razz, and after launching as a solo artist in 1982, he broke through with 1984 hit ‘Places That Are Gone’.

“Unexpected” is right.  Keene was touring as recently as August.  Sad to hear.  He was a terrific guitarist and a good songwriter.  This is probably his best known song.

Keene also collaborated with Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard on an album they put out under the name Keene Brothers.  I’ve always loved this song.

RIP, Tommy.


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3 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, these are artists that are gone edition

  1. budro

    Saw him open for the Replacements at Center Stage in 1989.


  2. garageflowers

    Wow. I was just going through a Tommy Keene phase a month or so ago. I had just seen GBV, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed the album he did with Pollard. Sad.


  3. Wilcodawg

    Astronomy is one of my favorite pop songs of all time.