Thomas Leer

Thomas Leer — aka Thomas Wishart (born 1953) — is a Scottish musician and producer who released several small-press recordings during the late 1970s, including a collaborative album with guitarist/keyboardist Robert Rental. In 1981, Leer issued his first of three back-to-back shortplayers on Cherry Red. His first proper album, The Scale of Ten, appeared on Arista in 1985. During the late 1980s, he teamed with ex-Propaganda vocalist Claudia Brücken for a string of singles on ZTT.


“Private Plane”

In September 1978, Thomas Leer released the single “Private Plane” / “International” on self-press Oblique Records.

A. “Private Plane” (4:01)
B. “International” (4:00)


Thomas Leer & Robert Rental — The Bridge

In December 1979, Thomas Leer and Robert Rental released The Bridge on Industrial Records.

1. “Attack Decay” (3:42)
2. “Monochrome Day’s” (3:59)
3. “Day Breaks, Night Heals” (4:00)
4. “Connotations” (3:59)
5. “Fade Away” (6:21)
6. “Interferon” (8:18)
7. “Six A.M.” (3:09)
8. “The Hard Way In & The Easy Way Out” (4:39)
9. “Perpetual” (5:01)


4 Movements

On July 27, 1981, Thomas Leer released the extended-play single 4 Movements on Cherry Red.

A1. “Don’t” (5:31)
A2. “Letter From America” (4:05)
B1. “Tight As a Drum” (4:33)
B2. “West End” (4:29)


Contradictions

In 1982, Thomas Leer released the double-EP Contradictions on Cherry Red.

A1. “Hear What I Say” (5:16)
A2. “Mr. Nobody” (5:17)
B. “Contradictions” (14:01)
C1. “Looks That Kill” (4:56)
C2. “Soul Gypsy” (5:18)
D1. “Choices” (6:10)
D2. “Gulf Stream” (5:42)

Cherry Red gathered the eleven tracks from both EPs on the 1982 album Letter From America.


“All About You”

On December 10, 1982, Thomas Leer released the standalone single “All About You” / “Saving Grace” on Cherry Red.

A. “All About You” (5:10)
B. “Saving Grace” (5:26)


“International” (re-recorded)

In July 1984, Thomas Leer released a new version of “International” backed with the exclusive “Easy Way.”

A. “International” ()
B. “Easy Way” ()


The Scale of Ten

Thomas Leer released his first proper solo album, The Scale of Ten, in 1985 on Arista.

1. “Searcher” (4:00)
2. “Lust for Loneliness” (4:08)
3. “Warm” (3:52)
4. “Memories of Reason” (4:04)
5. “International” (4:38)

6. “Heartbeat” (4:32)
7. “Sweet Surrender” (4:12)
8. “No. 1” (4:06)
9. “Mistrust” (4:58)
10. “Passing Through” (4:12)

Feb 1985
A. “Heartbeat”
B. “Control Yourself” ()

May 1985
A. “No. 1”
B. “Chasing the Dragon” ()


Discography:

  • “Private Plane” / “International” (1978)
  • The Bridge (1979 • Thomas Leer & Robert Rental)
  • 4 Movements (EP, 1981)
  • Contradictions (2EP, 1982)
  • “All About You” / “Saving Grace” (1982)
  • The Scale of Ten (1985)

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