Listen: Tragedy / Thomas Wayne
Tragedy / Thomas Wayne
Both sides are a childhood memory record. And I had all but forgotten this one until there it was – in Tony King’s 7′s. Certainly not representative of the general sound I ultimately went for until years later. It may have been the first record I had someone buy me, it was certainly one of the first. Possibly ‘Tragedy’ is what planted that seed toward favoring violent death and horror records like those by Jimmy Cross, Twinkle, The Shangri-Las, Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages even The Gun Club. Thomas himself died in a car crash.
Listen: Saturday Date / Thomas Wayne
Saturday Date / Thomas Wayne
Like Side A, the flip, ‘Saturday Date’ was produced by Scotty Moore, one time Elvis Presley guitarist. Why it wasn’t included in the AMERICAN GRAFFITI soundtrack is beyond me. Lyrically, you can’t capture the era better. Speaking of guitarists, Thomas Wayne was indeed the brother of Luther Perkins, who played lead for Johnny Cash.