Wayne Kramer is a songwriter and composer whose reputation writing music for film and television risks supplanting his legend as one of the world’s stellar guitarists. Wayne was a teenaged greaser and leader of Detroit’s MC5, whose music in the late-60s was incendiary in its call-to-action delivery. He is widely recognized as having pioneered the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal.
In 2014 and 2015, Wayne completed the score for NBC’s Bad Judge
starring Kate Walsh and the Kristen Wiig dark comedy feature film Welcome To Me.
He contributed score for the feature-length doc Being Evel
about Evel Knievel, directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge. Between 2009-2012, Wayne scored three seasons of HBO’s East Bound & Down
and the feature thriller Concrete Blondes
as well as the acclaimed “zeitgeist” doc Let Fury Have The Hour
. He wrote and produced all original songs for ShadowMachine’s stop-
motion animation feature comedy Hell & Back
, as well as the score for Algren
, a feature-length doc about outsider Chicago writer Nelson Algren. Wayne scored Talladega Nights
for Sony Pictures, where his song “Edge of the Switchblade” also runs at the film’s end title credits. Wayne composed the score for HBO’s controversial documentary Hacking Democracy
, which also used his song “Something Broken in the Promised Land” as its title track. In the last few years, Wayne has written additional underscore for the feature film Daydreamer
(Aron Paul), C.O.G
(the first-ever feature adaptation of a David Sedaris piece).
While completing score and narration for the PBS doc The Narcotic Farm about America’s decades-long failed drug war, Wayne not only produced for, but was also featured on the release of Guitar Hero: World Tour. He also scored the #1 series Why Not? With Shania Twain for the Oprah Winfrey Network. Earlier, on television, Wayne’s title theme for the Fox Sports program 5-4-3-2-1 was a bona fide hit. He went on to write nearly a half-dozen more for the network. Wayne composed the theme for E!’s hit series Split Ends as well as the “Unlabeled” commercial for Jim Beam. His songs have been featured in a wide array of TV shows and feature films Jackass, Judging Amy, Millenium, Almost Famous, Rock ’n’ Roll High School, I Shot Andy Warhol, and Pump Up the Volume. His cues are heard in NFL, NBA, and MLB Playoff events and Food Network productions, and Bravo’s series Kell on Earth, among others. He is also a featured instrumentalist (guitar) on the Oscar-winning film The Big Short.
Ironically, his last solo album “Lexington” marked not only the flagship launch of his new indie label Industrial Amusement, but just as the album was heralded by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke as “fiercely progressive jazz,” it landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s charts at #6 nationally. He is currently at work on his memoir THE HARD STUFF for Hachette Book Group/Da Capo Publishing.