WHAT IS THIS COMPANY?
Supermegabot produces & sells limited edition music products. Owned by Thomas Enright and Jeff Rougvie
WHO ARE THESE GUYS?
Thomas Enright has spent more than 30 years working at or with both major and independent music labels. He started out at the Music Stock Market, promoting Geffen Records and Profile rap artists to retail and radio outlets across the country. During his time at downtown San Francisco’s Rainbow Records, he was the jazz and classical buyer. Thomas spent several years at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, famous for its premier audiophile LP and CD reissues, where he was directly responsible for a groundbreaking series of gospel and blues releases. He then joined Rykodisc, one of the most respected independent labels of its time, as National Director of Sales & Marketing in 1996. Under his supervision, Rykodisc was named NARM Label of the Year 7 times in 9 years, including several years when it was part of Chris Blackwell’s innovative Palm Pictures company. As a VP of Label Services at EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution, Thomas earned several gold records with artists as diverse as Raekwon (former Wu-Tang Clan member) and the metal band Five Finger Death Punch.
In his time away from music, Thomas enjoys fighting Zombie-like infectious diseases at Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Mass., and is an enthusiastic member of the New England Wildflower Society.
Jeff Rougvie has worked with some of the most important and influential artists of the rock era, including Badfinger, Jay Bennett (ex-Wilco), Big Star/Chris Bell, Andrew Bird, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Carbon / Silicon (Mick Jones of the Clash with Tony James of Generation X), Alex Chilton, Bootsy Collins, Elvis Costello, Devo, Dream Syndicate, Roky Erikson, Alejandro Escovedo, Galaxie 500, Jimi Hendrix (Estate), Bill Hicks (the genius comedian, not the grumpy bluegrasss artist), The Jayhawks, Jack Kerouac, Laura Marling, Meat Puppets, Ministry, The Misfits, Mission Of Burma, Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Morphine, Nine Inch Nails, Yoko Ono, The Posies, The Raspberries, The Replacements, The Residents, Robyn Hitchcock & The Soft Boys, Soul Asylum, Ringo Starr, Starz, Stiff Little Fingers, Sugar & Bob Mould, Throwing Muses, Pete Townshend, The Undertones, and Frank Zappa.
After dropping out of Art School, he moved to Minneapolis, arriving just as Prince, Husker Du and the Replacements were exploding. There he launched the ESD label (Bruce Cockburn, The Residents, They Might Be Giants, and more).
In the mid-80's Rougvie was hired by Rykodisc and helped them secure the rights to David Bowie’s classic 1969-1980 catalog. Working closely with Bowie, he produced the multi-media career-overview “Sound + Vision” box set, earning Ryko their first Grammy Award, selling over 500,000 copies.
In addition to signing new and heritage artists, Rougvie produced all of the Bowie re-releases (19 in all). A version of “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” was the first deluxe edition of any single album.
In 1998, Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures purchased Rykodisc and Rougvie segued to DVD development. After proposing a number DVD of projects Blackwell and his team did not understand, Rougvie left.
By 2002 it was clear the Ryko/Palm merger wasn’t working and Ryko was spun off from Palm. Rougvie was re-hired and his first signing, horror-rock band the Misfits, was the first Billboard Top 200 charting release of the century.
In 2006, the Ryko label and distribution company was sold to Warner Music Group for about $67 million (the Publishing company was sold earlier for approximately $16 million). Rougvie departed shortly thereafter to EMI, where he re-launched the EMI-owned Caroline Records imprint.
While at EMI, Rougvie launched the innovative Caroline World Service program, releasing thousands of EMI-owned recordings in the US for the first time (both digitally and physically). This extremely profitable venture combined new technology with inexpensive alternative marketing.
Jeff enjoys pop garbage, traveling with his family and driving his beloved Mazdaspeed6 up scenic Route 1A to seaside destinations.