Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Tomata du Plenty, The Screamers
This year Tomata du Plenty, front man for the iconic punk band The Screamers, would have turned seventy. Wow! It’s one thing for me to see the musicians who I followed every move when I was a kid grow old, but now to see my contemporaries age too?
I still feel like that nineteen-year-old defying the rest of the pop world with my complete set Yoko Ono albums! But then I’ll catch a reflection of myself and I’m clearly no longer nineteen. Along with Alice Bag, Tomata unleashed a torrent of energy onto his audience that I had not seen before or since. He was just fifty-two when he passed in 2000. I can only think how much more he could have given us. He continues to inspire me to this day!