We have received word from Epitaph Records that legendary punk producer Thom Wilson passed away on Feb. 8 of this year from undisclosed reasons. Wilson might not be a household name to many, but odds are you own at least one record he produced or engineered throughout his three-decade career: Wilson handled the first three Offspring albums, including 1994’s mega-huge Smash, as well as multiple albums from the Bouncing Souls and T.S.O.L. and other classic punk records like Dead Kennedys’ Plastic Surgery Disasters, Social Distortion’s Mommy’s Little Monster, Face To Face’s Big Choice and the Adolescents’ self-titled debut. He also was behind the boards for Bad Religion’s infamous 1983 effort Into The Unknown. Epitaph owner and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz comments:
“In ’82 when I was just getting started, Thom Wilson was a guy all the bands in the scene looked up to. He was the pro in our midst who loved punk and was willing to take kids under his wing to help them sound great. His work with TSOL and The Adolescents set the bar for everything that came after, including the Offspring’s multi-platinum LP Smash, which was the best-selling independent release of all time. Tom was a friend, a teacher and a great producer. He’ll be missed.”
Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Thom Wilson.