Thomas Roberts


Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts (* 4. November 1958; † 31. Januar 2006), war ein US-amerikanischer Gitarrist und Songwriter der Punkband Poison Idea.

Sein Spitzname war Pig Champion und er war eines der Gründungsmitglieder von Poison Idea. Poison Idea wurde 1980 von Jerry Lang gegründet und bestand aus Jerry A., Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts (Gitarre), Glen Estes (Bass), und Dean Johnson (Schlagzeug). 1993 verließ Roberts die Band. Der Gitarrist, der seinen Spitznamen angenommen hatte als er die Grenze von 204 Kilogramm auf der Waage erreicht hatte, starb im Alter von 47 Jahren in seinem Haus in Portland. Neben seinem starken Übergewicht wurden auch sein Jahrzehnte anhaltender Alkohol- und Drogenkonsum als Faktoren für sein frühes Ableben genannt. Als Motto hatte Roberts in einem Interview aus dem Jahr 1990 gesagt: "Live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse." (Lebe schnell, sterbe jung und hinterlasse eine gutaussehende Leiche). Das Zitat stammt aus dem Film noir „Knock on Any Door“ (dt: Vor verschlossenen Türen), wo es von John Derek in der Rolle des Gangsters Nick Romano gesprochen wird.

Diskografie

  • 1982: Darby Crash Rides Again demo tape (self released)
  • 1983: Pick Your King 7” EP (Fatal Erection)
  • 1984: Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes 12” EP (Fatal Erection)
  • 1986: Kings of Punk LP (Pusmort)
  • 1987: War All the Time LP (Alchemy)
  • 1988: Filthkick EP (Shitfool)
  • 1988: Getting the Fear 12” EP (Rockport)
  • 1989: Darby Crash Rides Again EP (American Leather) Reissue of demo tape
  • 1989: Fuck Ian MacKaye 12” (American Leather, 1989) Reissue: contains Filthkick and Getting the Fear
  • 1989: Picture disc 7” (American Leather)
  • 1990: Discontent 7” (American Leather)
  • 1990: Feel the Darkness LP (American Leather)
  • 1991: Punish Me 7” (American Leather)
  • 1991: Dutch Courage live LP (Bitzcore)
  • 1991: Live in Vienna 7” (American Leather)
  • 1991: Official Bootleg 2x7” (American Leather)
  • 1992: Pajama Party LP (Tim Kerr) All-cover album
  • 1992: Blank Blackout Vacant LP (Taang!)
  • 1993: We Must Burn LP (Tim Kerr, 1993)
  • 1994: Religion and Politics Part I & II 10” (Tim Kerr, 1994) Taken from same sessions as We Must Burn
  • 1994: The Early Years CD (Bitzcore)
  • 1998: Learning to Scream 7” EP (Taang!)
  • 2000: The Best of Poison Idea CD (Taang!) Reissue: contains Pick Your King, Record Collectors, and Kings of Punk

Compilations

  • 1983: Grievous Musical Harm tape (Xcentric Noise) “M.I.A.,” “All Right,” “Young Lord”
  • 1985: Drinking Is Great EP (Fatal Erection) “Laughing Boy”
  • 1985: Cleanse the Bacteria LP (Pusmort) “Typical,” “Die On Your Knees” (plus “I Gotta Right” on bonus 12” only)
  • 1991: Punk’s Not Dread LP (Sink Below) “New Rose”

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