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#317 – Tribute to Tommy Keene Features Members of R.E.M., Fugazi and Interview Footage of the Late Artist

Tommy Keene was a gifted songwriter and guitarist who unexpectedly passed away in November of 2017 at the age of 59.  His melodic, hook-filled songs, made him a staple of college radio during the 1980’s, and influenced many musicians that came after.

Keene was a guest on the Icon Fetch podcast on five separate occasions.  These interviews reveal a musician who was dedicated to his art, but was also a passionate music fan himself (with a great sense of humor).

We’ve culled the best moments of these interviews, where Keene talks about the many twists and turns of his career, plus he reflects on many of his influences.

We’ve also recorded  new tributes to Tommy from R.E.M’s Peter Buck, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Ted Niceley (who played in Tommy’s early band), and Dwight Twilley.  Plus, we talked with Josh Grier, who signed Tommy to Dolphin Records in the early days, and Stephen Judge, where Tommy put out a string of fantastic albums during the last years of his life.

#276 – Doug MacMillan of The Connells – Stone Cold Yesterday

The Connells came out of the same Southern Pop scene that birthed R.E.M. and Let’s Active in the early Eighties.  They scored multiple hits on US college radio with songs like “Something to Say,” “Stone Cold Yesterday,” and “Fun & Games.”  The band was even bigger overseas, turning in the surprise European smash “’74, ’75” in 1993 (the song still makes “best of Nineties’ lists overseas).

The band’s 30-plus year career finally gets distilled on Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best of the Connells from the Bicycle Music Company.

From the band, we talk with singer Doug Macmillan, who talks about why their classic music was unavailable for so many years. Plus he tells us stories about working with producer Mitch Easter, meeting the Pogues, and playing in Italy for a crowd of over 100,000 people.