Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The best PacNW band photos EVER!!!!

I was cruising around the web and came across a site that has lists of literally hundreds of bands from the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. And let me tell you, I have found some of the absolute best publicity photos ever.

I realize making light of photos from 20 to 30 years ago is like shooting fish in a barrel. And, to be fair, if I had pictures of myself from then, we'd all get a laugh at my expense. Well, technically in the 70's I was a cute little kid. The 1980s are another story altogether. But, I digress.

I'm going to walk you through several of my favorite photos from this site, starting with a band called Tri-Power and the Headers (1972-1974 - Seattle). I can't decide if these guys look more like Sha Na Na or The Village People. But, I bet they rocked:

Now, the folks in Easy Meat (1971-1977 - Vancouver) not only picked a pretty gross band name, they also happen to have a member with one of the best white dude afros I've ever seen (second from right):

Five Pound Smile (1975-1977 - Seattle) looks like a band that would put on one hell of a show. To tell you the truth, I'm not even sure what I'm looking at:

Of course, I'm sure there were some cool, powerpoppin' bands back in the day, as well. I don't really know what The Need (1979 - Vancouver) sounded like. But, the skinny ties and tennis shoes have me thinking "The Knack:"

And, I'm thinking that Apogy (1970s - Seattle) has the potential to be the Weezer of their time:

Pete Holly and the Looks (1976-1981 - Boise, ID) were hitting the new wave stuff pretty hard and apparently they were huge in Germany:

So, anyway, that's all for now. But, I recommend you head over there and take a peek. I could get lost in this site forever!!


james said...

oh, these are classic ;)

what's the opposite of timeless?

Anonymous said...


Pete Holly said...

The guy that runs the N.W. Bands site is very cool and extremly dedicated.I spoke with him on the phone once and he was totally cool.He doesn't do it for money
but becase he was in a band that was part of the N.W. Scene and he
knows how rich it was/is and for the most part undocumented.The Sonics,The Raiders,The Wailers.The northwest allways had alot of talent(Jimi Hendrix} but until "Nirvana" broke bigtime nobody really cared much or noticed except a few audiofiles,record collectors and the members of these Bands and thier fans.Surprisingly for many People;the northwest has had a
thriving music scene from the very begining of the rock era in the 50's.With this site,it has now been documented.And to be accurate the main reason the site was created and the reason that i
am still in the music business and putting out records{and now videos}is because of the music.
As Lou Reed once said -his or her- "life was saved by rock n' roll".-Pete Holly,Look's Music International.www.petewholly.com

Seattle-Powerpop said...


Thanks for the comment. I think that site is amazing! I chose to blog about the funny photos. But, it's obvious the fellow who runs the site has put a lot of love and effort into it!

Thanks for including your website, although there is a typo! Should be: http://www.peteholly.com

I'm going to put a video from yahoo on the blog that I found on your site.