On Monday, the Weekly reported on the passing of legendary producer and engineer Thom Wilson. As outlets like ours posted the tragic news (which wasn't announced until a month after he died on Feb. 8), his production on The Offspring's seminal 1994 album Smash was the slice of his career that made headlines. Of course, that's because millions of copies later, it's an album everyone in the world knows (though we're sure there were plenty of fans who had no clue Wilson produced it).
Courtesy of Epitaph Records Thom Wlson
But enough about Smash already. As many of you know, Wilson's recording credits--despite carrying big names like Ringo, Seals and Crofts, Barbara Streisand and Perry Como--included some pretty heavy hitters in the punk scene way before the '90s. Bands like The Adolescents, Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, T.S.O.L. and Christian Death were all singing Wilson's praises for all the blood, sweat and sleepless nights he put into working on their early records. But beyond that, he seemed like a genuinely swell guy to be around. In honor of Wilson's legacy as one of punk's most important producers, we collected some stories, quotes and remembrances about him from some of our favorite punkers who knew Wilson back in the day.More »