"In the annals of American power pop / independent music, Tommy Keene is
Zelig-esque figure of sorts. He's been name checked by DC punks and in
the pages of George Pelecanos novels alike. He won a Village Voice Pazz
& Jop Poll back when there was an actual category for EP's. He's
played guitar for Paul Westerberg's touring band and done the same for
Robert Pollard (with a subsequent collaboration album). He was on "120
Minutes" before Matt Pinfield hosted (but after Peter Zaremba), starred
in a major motion picture alongside Anthony Michael Hall and Siouxsie
Sioux, and holds the distinction of being one of the only artists who
can claim to have once been labelmates with Guns'n'Roses and
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (but not the only artist --- sorry, Pell Mell)
All of that dubious history stuff aside, Tommy's been one of the most
important pop songwriters of the last 30 years, and if his brush with
near-fame is very far in the rear view mirror, that's no reflection on
the quality and depth of his work over that time. This May, we're
thrilled to make his very first solo album, 'Strange Alliance' available
again on vinyl for the first time in many years. Originally issued by
Avenue Records in 1982, 'Strange Alliance' might sound like a rock album
from that era, but much like the rest of Keene's catalog, it begs the
question why it wasn't considered a classic at the time.
Our limited edition reissue was remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago
Mastering Service and includes two songs that never appeared on the
original Avenue LP, "Nothing Is Gray" and "Stuck On A Ship" - 12XU Records!!!!
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 23 October, 2013.