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Episode 229: Interview – Tommy Keene, Part 1

Tommy Keene unexpectedly died on Nov. 22 at age 59. Just two months earlier, we had the great fortune to interview the power pop icon over drinks and dinner at Villain & Saint in Tommy’s hometown of Bethesda, Md. He was just off a tour opening for Matthew Sweet, and this may be Tommy Keene’s final interview.

In this first of three parts, Tommy talks about his early days in the Razz and other bands, before his solo career began.