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Agony and Ecstasy

by The Colorplates

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Subtitled “Post-punk art rock, Seattle, 1979-1982” so there you go. The Green Monkey label has been unearthing some old Pac NW artifacts like this. This goes from straight-ahead rawk (opening title track) to stuff more like no-wave (“Call on Me #1”) and everything in between. 21 songs….interesting. Dagger Zine

    “never very pretty, but pretty can be overrated.” “That The Colorplates, like most local bands, never made it to the larger stage is less a commentary on the quality of their music than on the kinks and quirks of the music business. You listen to their music and it is clear that with a little luck, they could have been a contender.” Jack Goodstein

    “The Adults (Colorplates) are very strange by commercial rock standards. Their style can be best described as punk/art fusion. … The Adults amps were too loud for the room, still these four folks are playing for the fun of it.” Jef Jaison . – Bellevue Journal American

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Ornette 03:37
Macho Woman 03:27
Purple Haze 02:58
Camouflage 03:49
Twenty-Five 03:01
Help! 01:52
Woodworking 03:28
New Shoes 02:34
Okay 07:35



Purple Haze

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!


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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