Saturday, July 17, 2010

Back Again (Try..)

Tommy Keene's second 1984 ep (after Places That Are Gone) was the four track, Back Again (Try..), which had two original TK songs produced by T-Bone Burnett and Don Dixon at Reflection Studios in NC, the same place where Dixon and Mitch Easter co-produced the first two R.E.M. albums.

The other two songs on the EP are live covers of Roxy Music's "All I Want Is You" and the Stones' "When The Whip Comes Down" recorded in July 1984 at the Rat in Boston. Tommy Keene's band, with bassist Ted Nicely and drummer Doug Tull, were gaining a live rep along the East coast in the early 80s (whenever Tommy Keene comes up on the internet, someone will mention seeing him open for some Flock of Haircuts flavor of the month at some club in DC in nineteen-eighty-whatever) so it's nice to hear some of his live work, but Tommy's such a distinctive singer and writer that cover songs aren't really his thing. More on that later.

Anyhow, here's a youtube of both original tracks from the EP -- fast forward through the first 30 seconds in for the good stuff!

1 comment:

Tim Walters said...

I did, in fact, see Keene open for Graham Parker at the Wax Museum in D.C. in 1984 or 1985. The beginning of my fandom.