Tom Mega

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Tom Mega (* 1951 in Essen as Tom Meger ; † 2002 ) was a German rock singer and songwriter .

Live and act

Mega appeared as the front man of the rock band Me & the Heat until 1986 and then started a solo career. Six albums were created between 1987 and 1994. a. Jan Kazda (partly with very prominent musicians, partly in collaboration with the Wuppertal fusion band Das Pferd ) produced. On the fourth album Fremd , Mega sang exclusively in German, but most of his songs were in English.

Many of his lyrics reflect his own drug and prison experiences. In the piece December '75 (from the album Book of Prayers ), for example, he tells of the life of a junkie in Amsterdam who lives in a wrecked car behind the train station and can only finance his living through live performances on porn stages. His musical versatility showed Mega not least on the CD Tribute to Jacques Brel (1992), to which he interpretations of Brel - Chansons with Joachim Kühn and Harry Beckett helped.

After 1994 there were no other releases from Mega. He continued to perform live on stages in the Ruhr area and also presented a new chanson program. He allegedly died in 2002 as a result of an accident with a blow to the head.


  • Backyards of Pleasure (ITM 1988, with Harry Beckett, Roswitha Dash, Christoph Irmer , Eva Maria Nagel, Monika Malek, Petra Stalz, Rudiger Noeske, Friederike Pasquay, Mal Waldron , Wolfgang Schmidtke , Markus Wienstroer , Harald Eller , Jan Kazda, Achim Grebien , Katrin Haug)
  • Love Lies from Central Europe (Roughtrade 1989)
  • Book of Prayers (Roughtrade 1991)
  • Foreign (Roughtrade 1992)
  • Only for You (ITM 1993, compilation, rec. 1987–1991)
  • Songs & Prayers (ITM 1994)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Sounds from the industrial area , Die Zeit , October 7, 1988
  2. Songs & Prayers at Allmusic (English)