Episode 229: Interview – Tommy Keene, Part 1




November 29, 2017


  • The Razz “You Can Run (But You Can’t Hide)” You Can Run (O’Rourke Records, Limp Records) 1979
  • The Razz “Love is Love” Air Time (O’Rourke Records, Limp Records) 1979
  • Suzanne Fellini “Love On The Phone” Suzanne Fellini (Casablanca) 1980
  • Tommy Keene “All The Way Around” Strange Alliance (Avenue Records) 1982


On November 22, 2017, power pop icon Tommy Keene passed away unexpectedly at his home, in Los Angeles, California, at only 59 years of age. Before Tommy’s untimely passing, Jim and Patrick had the incredible opportunity to sit down and chat with him, two months ago, at the restaurant Villain & Saint (located in Tommy’s hometown of Bethesda, Maryland).

For the first out of three parts of our interview, Tommy talks about his time as a band player before becoming a solo artist. This interview is likely to be Tommy’s last. Rest in power.

FUN FACT: Tommy caught the attention of many with his EP Places That Are Gone. The album received critical acclaim from magazines such as Rolling Stone and the Village Voice.

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One Reply to “Episode 229: Interview – Tommy Keene, Part 1”

  1. Tim F

    Tommy Keene was a favorite of mine back in the mid 80s. He was one of the first alt rock people I ever heard (WHTG 106.3). I Don’t Feel Right At All was the first thing I heard by him. I was immediately hooked. His music really grabbed me. I’ve listened to him on and off over the decades since and his music never gets old.

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