Women in Music 2016

Dead Kennedys, Offspring & The Adolescents Producer Thom Wilson Dies

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Thom Wilson

Thom Wilson, legendary punk producer, has died, according to the record label Epitaph. Epitaph reports that Wilson died Feb. 8. His cause of death remains unknown, as well as his age at the time of death.

Wilson produced the Adolescents' self-titled debut in 1981, the Dead Kennedys' landmark second album Plastic Surgery Disasters in 1982, as well as Lydia Lunch's 13.13 that same year.

Later, he produced the Offspring's 1994 smash-hit album Smash, which sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. After his success with Smash, Wilson worked with the Bouncing Souls, the Aquabats and Iggy Pop, among others.

"In '82 when I was just getting started Thom Wilson was a guy all the bands in the scene looked up to," said Brett Gurewitz, Epitaph CEO, in a statement. "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."