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Editors’ Notes

Forget the title; there's no film. This is all-killer no-filler power pop that runs the gamut from The Beatles to Big Star. Tommy Keene’s unheralded version of “Kill Your Sons” just about topples the Lou Reed original; there’s added poppy dimension and a punchiness that befits the song’s sentiments. Also here is one of the best (top five, easy) power pop songs ever: “Run Now.” Keene has a delicious pop voice that sounds perfect when it's graphed to power chords, harmonies, and semi-lullabies. He transports sadness handsomely on “The Story Ends,” “Listen to Me," and “They’re in Their Own World” while amping up the optimism on “Places That Are Gone,” “Call on Me,” and “We’re Two.” Midtempo numbers such as “Gold Town” and the lovely “Underworld” creep up and get you by the throat, mainly because there’s no reason not to trust the personal nostalgias Keene sings of. There’s an earnestness about this guy. This set collects an EP of songs Keene recorded with Don Dixon and T-Bone Burnett, as well as the original 1986 album helmed by Beatle engineer Geoff Emerick.

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Incredible guitar pop.

I originally obtained a cassette dub of this album in 1985, shortly after catching Tommy Keene at a "Catch A Rising Star" free concert at the Starry Night Club in Portland Oregon. The cathy melodies, the deft, original guitar licks and the depth of emotion expressed in the lyrics make this one of my favorite records of all time. BUY IT NOW!

Oringinal, Good tunes!

I remember seeing Tommy in Georgetown, DC in the late 80"s. Did a recent search on itunes, and i couldn't resist to by tunes all over again in 2008. Good times!

Great album.

I saw Tommy open up for the Mats in '89 at the boathouse in Norfolk, Va. Great show, great album. Talked a friend from California into going to the show then loaned him the tape and I had to threaten to break his legs to get it back


Born: June 30, 1958 in Bethesda, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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