Thomas Leer (born Thomas Wishart, 1953, Port Glasgow, Scotland) is a British musician who as well as releasing a number of albums and singles in his own right, was also one half (the other being Claudia Br cken) of the 1980s electropop band Act. His single "Private Plane", which he recorded in his home, is considered a seminal example of DIY indie techno.
Born in Port Glasgow, October 1953, Leer played in several local experimental pop groups in the early to mid-1970s, moving to London when the punk rock scene was at its height. He formed the punk band Pressure, but by 1978 had moved on to music influenced by electro-pop and Krautrock bands such as Can. He self-financed his debut single, "Private Plane" that year, and in 1979 released the album The Bridge in collaboration with Robert Rental. In 1981 he signed to Cherry Red, his first release for the label being the 4 Movements EP. After two further releases on the label he was signed by Arista Records, releasing three further singles and his debut full-length solo album, The Scale of Ten in late 1985.
Two years later, he formed the duo Act along with ex-Propaganda singer Claudia Br cken, signing to ZTT Records. The duo released four singles (including the minor UK hit "Snobbery and Decay") and an album before splitting up, with Br cken pursuing a solo career. Leer retired at this point, but returned in 2003 with a new album, and continues to be musically active.
- "Private Plane" (1978) Oblique
4 Movements EP (1981) Cherry Red (UK Indie #39)
- "All About You" (1982) Cherry Red (UK Indie #11)
- "International" (1984) Arista
- "Heartbeat" (1985) Arista
- "No 1" (1985) Arista
The Bridge (1979) Industrial (with Robert Rental) (UK Indie #9), reissued (1992) Grey Area
Contradictions double 12-inch mini-LP (1982) Cherry Red (UK Indie #8)
Letter From America double 12-inch LP (1982) Cherry Red/Cachalot
The Scale Of Ten (1985) Arista, reissued in expanded form (2004) BMG
Conversation Peace (2003) Avatar
Parts of a Greater Hole (2004) Karvavena
From Sci-Fi to Barfly (2007) Future Historic
Contradictions - The Cherry Red Collection (1994) Cherry Red