THOMAS ENRIGHT, SUPERMEGABOT FOUNDER, PASSES
I’m very sad to report that Thomas Enright, co-founder of Supermegabot Music Concern, has passed after a year-long battle with cancer.
Thomas was a music-lover and my business partner, but most-importantly, my friend, a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. There are very few people who are truly close friends; comrades, if you will. There are fewer still who make you better by their example. Thomas was all of these things.
Thomas turned a passion for music into his work, with thoughtful companies like Mobile Fidelity and Rykodisc, where we met in the mid-90’s. He was funny, smart, hard-working, pragmatic, and loyal, mentoring many in their first music business jobs, preparing them for careers they still thrive in.
We had a great time at Rykodisc until 2006, when it was sold to Warners (sorry, WMG). We stayed a team, moving to New York to take new jobs at EMI with Bill Hein, our former boss at Ryko.
Every week we commuted to New York/ Every week Thomas seemed to have a dog-eared copy of a different Willie Mays book than he had the week before. It’s well within the realm of possibility Thomas read every word ever written about Willie Mays.
We shared an austerely-furnished apartment in Astoria and many long drives between Boston and NYC. They were filled with marvelous conversation and uproarious laughter, underlined by his clean and pure wisdom. The man’s bullshit detector was second to none and he was practical to a fault (hence our furniture, a folding card table and two folding chairs).
After our adventures in New York mercifully ended, Thomas suggested we start a new label together and I eagerly agreed. If nothing else, we could get some great music back into the marketplace, but most importantly, we would spend more time together, planning and plotting.
We originally agreed the label should be a re-release only affair. We proceeded to chase down rights to a handful of great titles (and compile a long list of potential follow-ups).
I made Thomas promise to punch me in the face if I ever suggested signing a new artist. As a testament to Thomas’ excellent taste, he did not thrash me when I suggested releasing Jeff Whalen’s new album. He loved the record, embraced the idea, and we got into the new artist business, too.
In fall of 2017, Supermegabot released our first CDs - Human Sexual Response’s two albums. They band was playing a rare reunion show at which our first CDs would debut. Thomas had just gotten the all-clear after a brush with lung cancer and it felt like he’d dodged a bullet. Despite his still-recent surgery, nothing could keep him from seeing our first releases meet the public.
It turned out to be a magic, effortless night - one of those amazing evenings where everything works out effortlessly. Joey Molland’s Badfinger was playing across the river in Arlington, and I knew Joe from Ryko, so we dropped in to their soundcheck to give Joey an early copy of Jeff Whalen’s album. Joey invited us to dinner, during which he recounted amazing stories of his career.Thomas and Joe were going back and forth, just talking music like they’d known each other for years. It could’ve kept going all night, but Joey had a show to do and we needed to get back to the Humans gig.
HSR put on an amazing show that blew us away, but true to his business instincts, he kept one eye on the stage and another on the merch table, tracking how our CDs were selling. Driving home, we were elated with the pure joy of music and music people.
Thomas started this company because he believed great music should be heard (and presented) well; it would not exist without him and he wanted it to continue without him. We have a lot to live up to, but our work will continue, and whenever we’re struggling with a decision, we’ll rely on our new motto“WWTD?”
Music was very important to Thomas, as I’m sure it is to you. At this sad time, please remember: music is great, it binds us together despite our differences. It speaks in many languages at once, and it stirs our souls in many ways, reminding us we are alive.
I don’t think either of us cared for Frank Zappa that much, but we agreed he had a great quote; “music is the best.”
Damn right it is; music led me to cross paths with Thomas Enright.
This is a terribly insufficient tribute to one hell of a guy; a loving husband and father, terrific friend, enthusiastic partner, and so, so much more.
Rock on, Thomas. You truly are the Man.
Donations may be made to Music & Youth Initiative via www.musicandyouth.org or 398 Columbus Avenue, PMB 307, Boston, MA 02116.
PS: Fuck cancer.
See and hear all about the Jeff Whalen PLedgeMusic Campaign HERE
JEFF WHALEN ON SIRIUS/XM SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th!
We are proud to announce that our amazing artist Jeff Whalen will be played Chris (Breakfast With The Beatles) Carter's BRITISH INVASION show on Little Steven's Underground Garage Channel SATURDAY 12/9 (the show has been archived in Sirius' On Demand section, but it will not be there forever)!
This was the debut broadcast of a song (Jendy!)from Jeff's upcoming solo album!
Learn more about Jeff here.
ON SALE NOW
HUMAN SEXUAL RESPONSE
FIG. 15 CD / IN A ROMAN MOOD + 2 CD
Available individually or buy together (AND SAVE)!