Pete Thomas was briefly part of a trio led by avant garde opera star, Diamanda Galás, which also included John Paul Jones, former Led Zeppelin bassist and keyboardist. In 1994, they recorded an album called The Sporting Life.
Before he joined The Attractions, Pete worked with the British group "Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers" and John Stewart, formerly of "The Kingston Trio".
On March 10, 2003, Pete Thomas was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Elvis Costello and The Attractions.
In 2008, Pete once again manned the skins for Elvis Costello on his most recent album, Momofuku. However, this time he was joined by his daughter, Tennessee Thomas, a drummer in her own right, as Dad and daughter provided double drums on four tracks.
Pete: (on California's "cowboy culture") The whole Laurel Canyon country rock scene of the late 60's and early 70's always seemed very attractive and I loved how in the old Gene Autry films they are chasing trucks on horseback and riding into recording studios wearing fantastic shirts.
Pete: When I was nine, I got "With The Beatles", and my grandma bought me a honky old drum and an old cymbal. That's it, isn't it; what more is there? A drum, a cymbal and "With The Beatles". Has the world really come on much further?
Pete: In 1977 I was living in Topanga Canyon, California. Elvis' manager, Jake Riviera, came to LA with "The Damned". He played me EC's demos. It seemed like a good time to be in England so I went back and auditioned for EC with the other two Attractions who had answered ads in the Melody Maker. It seemed like we formed in a day.