Epitaph Records has notified us that legendary punk producer Thom Wilson, who was a frequent collaborator with the label, recently passed away. Wilson is perhaps best known for his work on the Offspring’s Smash, which would go on to become the most commercially successful independent release of all time.

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Wilson has produced or engineered albums for a long list of bands within the punk community, including Dead Kennedys, T.S.O.L., Bad Religion, the Joykiller, Social Distortion, the Vandals, Christian Death, Automatic 7, Face to Face and the Bouncing Souls.

Epitaph founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz has issued a statement:

"In '82 when I was just getting started Thom Wilson was a guy all the bands in the scene looked up to. 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."