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Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper)

Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper)

1984- 1986

Tommy started out his career as bass player with Ruffkut, a melodic-metal band that also included Tommy’s brother Gene on drums / vocals. Ruffkut released a five-song EP of original material (their only recording), Fight For The Right, in 1984.

1986- 1989

In 1986 Tommy joined German metal band Warlock, appearing on the 1987 album Triumph & Agony. He remained in the Doro camp and co- wrote several songs for her solo album Force Majeure

1990- 1993

Tommy moves to LA and things really start to get goin! A brief stint the band Needle Park (with Poison’s C.C. DeVille) came along before Tommy joined former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilsen’s band War & Peace, appearing on the 1993 album, Time Capsule.

1994- 1996

Himself a huge Sex Pistols fan, 1994 saw Tommy form his own punk band, Parade Of Losers (P.O.L.) using the alias “Da Skunk”. Signed to Giant Records P.O.L. released their self-titled debut album in 1995 and enjoyed success with the single Stupid, including an appearance on MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show (an appearance which sadly seems to be lost/long forgotten). The band’s second album Sprockett was released the following year (though by this time only Tommy and Lance “Loopiss” Turner remained from the original line-up) on their own Junkrock label. The album did see wider release via Entourage Records and featured the song Sixteen and Confused which would later become a closing theme to Is It Fall Yet?, the first Daria (of Beavis & Butthead fame) TV movie. It was during this time that Tommy met drummer Glen Sobel

1997- 2000

Following the final demise of P.O.L. Tommy remained as prolific a songwriter as ever and in the late 90s began work with producer Keith Forsey. The two had an instant rapport and in 1998 a demo tape of five songs made its way to Capitol Records. Capitol liked what they heard and Tommy was signed up with his self-titled debut solo album being released in 1999. The Capitol Records promo machine kicked into action and 1999 saw Tommy performing across the USA from Florida to Nevada. The single from Tommy Henriksen was I See The Sun. More pop-oriented than anything Tommy had done before, the single charted in the USA adult Top 40 and was used in the soundtrack from the move Blast From The Past.
In 2000 Tommy released his second solo album Selected Songs For A New Beginning on his own ZuZu label.

2001- 2006

Tommy teamed up with drummer Glen Sobel to form girl-fronted sugar-punk band Boink! The band achieved reasonable popularity In LA, releasing a single and video Punk Break Beat, followed up by a seven track EP Walk of Fame.

2006- 2009

In 2006 DiS ViciOuS was born. Once described by Tommy as being “another side of Sid Vicious,” a few tracks were released via social networking under this moniker, most of which were an anarchic rant against society, albeit rather tongue-in-cheek. During this time Tommy also continued to hone his skills as a producer and engineer working with a wide variety of artists.

2010- present

While working with Bob Ezrin at Anarchy Studios, Tommy played a sizeable role in the making of Alice Cooper’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare album that included writing, performing, engineering and producing. Tommy took up Alice’s offer to join the touring band and went out on the road with Alice in May 2011 where he was an instant hit with the fans and a real Injection of energy and talent.