Agony and Ecstasy

by The Colorplates

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The Green Monkey history squad is proud to present The Colorplates, starring in the very rocking Agony and Ecstasy. The Colorplates were a Seattle band circa 1979-82, loosely connected with the art/punk scene. They were equally (though not exclusively) inspired by Ornette Coleman and the Dave Clark Five. They started life briefly as an improvisation unit, The Pigments, spent a while as The Adults and switched over to The Colorplates midstream. As The Adults, they had two previous bass players, Adam Woog (now a local author!) and Howie Wahlen.

They mainly played punk joints like the Gorilla Room and the UCT Hall (with bands like Student Nurse, the Pudz and Pell Mell), mostly for friends, but occasionally for sailors. They managed to do a bit of recording (which is featured here) – none of it made it to vinyl, which was the punk rock mark of success back then. In fact, the recordings on this album have never been released – they come from a variety of recording situations with a variety of results. While every effort has been made to capture the best possible sound quality, our first concern was to paint a true picture of this obscure combination. Mission accomplished!

credits

released May 1, 2013

Tom Dyer: Guitar, Vocal, Saxophone, Keyboards
Harvey Tawney: Guitar, Vocal, Clarinet, Keyboard, Theremin, Percussion
Bob Blackburn: Bass, Vocal
Deanne Tawney: Drums

Cover illustration by Harvey Tawney, Cover design by Tom Dyer.
Mastered by Tom Dyer at TDS Productions 2013.

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