Tommy Keene passed away unexpectedly in his sleep this week at the age of 59. The critically acclaimed power pop musician had recorded an album with Robert Pollard, and collaborated with The Goo Goo Dolls, Paul Westerberg, and recently with Matthew Sweet. While he’d never gained a mass following, his tuneful guitar pop gained him a loyal following.
While his mid-1980s work, like Songs From The Film and ‘Places That Are Gone’, is perhaps his best known, I’ve always been partial to the opening track from his 1998 album Isolation Party. ‘Long Time Missing’ is consummate power pop, with its jagged riff and pounding beat sweetened with pretty vocal harmonies.