POLL Your Sons: Songs from the Film by Tommy Keene

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Tommy Keene passed away the day before US Thanksgiving two years ago, and ever since then, I've found myself listening to a lot of his stuff this time of year. There is no dedicated Tommy Keene thread, so here's a poll of his 1986 major label debut and, arguably, his masterpiece.

Poll Results

Places That Are Gone 3
Underworld 1
My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe 1
Kill Your Sons 1
Astronomy 0
As Life Goes By 0
Call on Me 0
Gold Town 0
Paper Words and Lies 0
Listen to Me 0
In Our Lives 0
The Story Ends 0

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 28 November 2019 21:52 (eight months ago) link

There are very few wrong answers here--I think the album peters out a little bit on the last two tracks, and I only gradually warmed to the Lou Reed cover--but "Underworld" is very likely one of my five or so favourite songs of all time. Tommy had said in later interviews that he was encouraged by his label not to come out (he didn't publicly do so until the mid 2000s), but I hear him hinting, however opaquely, at something queer in that song.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 28 November 2019 21:58 (eight months ago) link

Isn't the single version of "Places That Are Gone" superior to this LP take? It's the one found on the "Real Underground" comp.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 29 November 2019 00:08 (eight months ago) link

Are you referring to this one?


Its definitely rawer, plus it has that intro. I think I prefer the LP version, but I've known it way longer.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 29 November 2019 00:19 (eight months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

Haven't unpacked my albums yet, but I'll give this another listen when I do. I know it's considered a great lost power-pop album. It didn't make a lasting impression on me when I bought it, but that was years ago, so I don't know.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:30 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

I clearly overestimated Keeneā€™s fan base among our ranks. Probably shoulda figured as much, given that this is the first ever thread devoted to him here.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:19 (seven months ago) link

I love Tommy Keene but have only listened to certain albums over the years

Evan, Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:27 (seven months ago) link

I suppose he's never had that moment that would give him a wider profile amongst indie types beyond 'venerable power-pop guy'. Unless this and 'Places' counts? He's played with people of a much higher profile than his but I suppose he's a little taken for granted?

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:50 (seven months ago) link

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