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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The U-Men At The Post-Mortemists Ball

Posted by on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 4:15 PM

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There's some construction somewhere near 2nd and Vine. A friend of mine snapped this pic of a poster that emerged from a hidden wall.

Welcome to the Post-Mortemists Ball at CZ Gallery on 3rd. It makes me wonder what year this is from. Did Belltown used to have lots of fun shows (at non-Crocodile venues)? Excuse my naïveté, I didn't move here till '98!

Tell you what, if the U-Men were playing, I'd be there.

 

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derek_erdman 1
HOLY WOW, this is fucking awesome.
Posted by derek_erdman http://www.derekerdman.com on November 29, 2011 at 4:23 PM · Report this
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If I am not mistaken Mark Yarm writes about this show in "Everybody Loves Our Town".
Posted by Jeff on November 29, 2011 at 4:31 PM · Report this
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I think that's GZ (not CZ) which was Ground Zero Gallery. My guess is probably 1983 or '84, since all three of those places were open then.

Ask Larry Reid. He knows for sure.
Posted by kerri harrop http://generalbonkers.com on November 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM · Report this
Fnarf 4
The poster may be at 2nd and Vine, but the show addresses are in Pioneer Square. I remember Graven Image and Metropolis, but not GZ Gallery -- though that's the same block as the Greg Kucera gallery, which opened in 1983. This poster must be from slightly after that. Graven Image was the home port for the U-Men in those days; it was owned by their manager, Larry Reid, who had previously owned Roscoe Louie. Maybe 1985. Weird there's no date on it, not even a "this Saturday".
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
Oh, Ground Zero, duh.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM · Report this
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What a great thing to be unearthed. Metropolis was all ages, 83 to 85 only but what a run they had. There is a pretty easy to get lost in Facebook photo and flyer page about it.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=o…
Posted by gloomy gus on November 29, 2011 at 11:42 PM · Report this
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This poster makes me sad and unhappy that I didn't live in the Old Seattle—the 80's Seattle that photographer Mary Ellen Mark so beautifully captured in "Streetwise"....

Once The Turf closes downtown, soon, we, Seattle, will turn a terribly boring page. Our downtown core has ZERO character. ZERO. We are lost.
Posted by Kelly O on November 29, 2011 at 11:58 PM · Report this
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Information above is basically correct. Ground Zero, Metropolis, and my Graven Image were located within 2 blocks of each other in Pioneer Square circa 1983 - 1985. (If you look closely you can read the addresses.) The U-Men and Red Masque both rehearsed at Graven Image. Death of Marat and Sleeping Dogs were interesting Goth/Noise outfits. A fairly routine event for this era: 6 or 7 good bands at 3 all ages venues with a joint cover of like 3 bucks.
Posted by Larry Reid on November 30, 2011 at 12:05 AM · Report this
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Yay Larry!
Posted by carnivorous chicken on November 30, 2011 at 9:27 AM · Report this
AnitaGoodmann 10
Oh wow - yes 1985 latest.
Posted by AnitaGoodmann http://www.anitagoodmann.com on November 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM · Report this
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Thanks Larry!
Posted by Kelly O on November 30, 2011 at 11:20 AM · Report this
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The Metropolis was open from March of 1983 to March of 1984...so somewhere in there.
Posted by StephenTow on November 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM · Report this
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This is great. The date of the 3 shows was Saturday Oct. 29, 1983, based on other posters I've seen, so the bands were playing Halloween shows. Larry rocks!
Posted by Chris Auger on January 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM · Report this

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