Song of the Day, March 17: Run Now by Tommy Keene

KeeneRunNowToday’s song is Run Now by Tommy Keene. A talented singer and guitarist with a knack for smart lyrics and a gift for great pop hooks, Keene was a man out of time. His crisp rock and glistening power pop sounds didn’t match what radio wanted in 1985 and the market hadn’t segmented enough yet to create the alt-rock audience that might have given him the success he deserved. Geffen Records quickly offered the public a couple of options, issuing his brilliant album Songs From the Film and quickly releasing an EP of tracks set aside from that project.

The title track of that project, Run Now is a shining gem of pop-rock. With edgy but chiming guitars, crisp drums, and one of Keene’s finest vocals, it’s a solid song of independence tinged with regret. Bob Clearmountain’s production (the rest of the EP tracks were produced by T Bone Burnett and Don Dixon) is crisper than the work on Keene’s great album, making better use of his studio smarts.

Enjoy this magnificent song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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