POLL Your Sons: Songs from the Film by Tommy Keene

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Poll Closing Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019 00:00 (in 2 hours)


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.

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

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 28 November 2019 21:52 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:01 (twenty-one hours 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 hours ago) link

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