Who remembers this lost '80s artist and 'Places That Are Gone?'
While the Replacements were known for their loud playing, they also had a fondness for power pop. Over the years, Paul Westerberg became friends with power pop legends like Alex Chilton (whom they immortalized in song) but also with contemporaries like today's featured artist Tommy Keene.
Hailing from our nation's capital, Tommy Keene made waves in 1984 when his EP Places That Are Gone was the top ranked EP of the year by Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Awards. In 1986, he released a full length album Songs From The Film that included a re-recording of Places That Are Gone that had an accompanying video to promote as a single.
While the song did not chart, the video is still visually interesting and helped Keene make his only appearance on the Top 200 Album Chart in his career. After the Replacements broke up, Keene joined Westerberg as his touring guitarist during his solo career. Still with a loyal following, Keene has released a dozen albums including 2015's Laugh In The Dark.