|ike a hurricane out of the south Valley came this three-piece that played some of the
fastest and shortest songs of the day. They fit 12 songs onto their debut 7-inch on
Lookout Records! Recorded in '86, released Lookout #7 in '87. I was priviledged to be in
Grey Gregson's Audio Image studio in Fresno with them when they recorded that cool
PLAID RETINA had a long and fruitful career first as a straightahead, fast punk band and
then morphed into a style of music that really defied description. With elements of
prog-rock and jazz mixed with punk they were on the cutting edge of the late 80's-early
90's punk scene.
Of all the 80's punk bands from the Fresno area they toured the most. They toured
constantly for several years playing all over this great land. I remember getting postcards
from Matt from places like Texas and Virginia. This is a band to ask tour stories about.
Playing so many gigs all over the U.S. they've had the most outrageous and funniest
experiences. They put out a lot of records and CDs, too. First on Lookout and then
David Hayes' Very Small Records and also Fresno's Duckbutter Records run by Tim Biskup.
CP played several gigs with and I watched them perform many times. They were a one of a
kind type of band with a natural flowing talent. I think that's why they were so successful.
From short bursts of teen punk angst to grand multilayered harmonies and exotic rhythm
structures they covered a lot of ground in the years they were together. And it didn't hurt
none too much that they worked so hard at it.
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|PLAID RETINA DISCOGRAPHY
1--Plaid Retina--12 song 7-inch EP--1986--Lookout Records #7
2--Boxcar--8 song 7-inch EP--1988--Musical Tragedies #072
3--The Thing that ate Floyd 2-LP Comp--1988--Lookout Records #11
4--Pinkeye--12 song LP--1989--Lookout Records #20
5--Shredder Compilation--1989--Shredder Records Volume 3
6--Rejection--3 song 7-inch EP--1990--Duck butter Records #9
7--Mind Tracing the Going Down--10 song LP--1991--Very Small #13
8--What I can't have--7-inch EP--1993--Little Deputy Records
9--Dead End Mind--10 song LP/CD--1993--Very Small Records #18
10--The Spark--3 song 7-inch EP--1994--Very Small Records #40
11--Punk Rock 7-inchers Compilation CD--Vol.1--2003--Lookout #293
|In the Boxcar
|At the Buddy Holly statue in Texas
|In the rehearsal room - a real train boxcar that was fixed up w/insulation, drum riser, carpet and electricity.
|Every band needs nutrition - On tour with Plaid Retina.