The Dishrags - Past Is Past - 1979 Vancouver Canada Punk 7" 45
The Dishrags - Past Is Past
Label: Modern Records / Private Pressing
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Record: VG+ VG++ few light scuffs (listen to our copy)
Cover: VG+ top right corner fold mark, top left corner has wear, slight water damage (see our pic)
First release by The Dishrags.
A Past Is Past 2:30
B1 Love Is Shit (It's Goodbye) 1:15
B2 Tormented 1:05
Recorded At Triangle Recording
Artwork [Cover Art] Neil Wedman
Bass, Vocals Dale Powers
Drums, Vocals Scout
Engineer Eric Betten, Mathew Sutton
Graphics Randy Hall
Guitar, Vocals, Written-By Jade Blade
Producer Colin Griffiths, Harry Cool
Recorded at Triangle Studios, Seattle, WA.
One of the first post-Runaways girl groups, the Dishrags were there almost from the start, forming as 15-year-olds in Victoria, B.C. in 1977 and then hopping across the Georgia Strait to become a part of the burgeoning Vancouver punk scene. The girls debuted on July 30th, 1977, backing up the Furies at Vancouver's legendary Japanese Hall. The threesome - guitarist and singer Jade Blade, bassist Dale Powers and drummer Scout - recorded the acerbic anti-love song 'I Don't Love You' for the excellent Vancouver Complication before unleashing this swell three-song EP in 1979. At the time the Dishrags were riding a wave of popularity out west, performing regularly at places like the Smilin' Budda and the Japanese Hall, including "a punishing, sneer-filled set"* supporting the Clash at the Commodore on January 31st, 1979.
The plodding title track on the debut EP pulls back on the controls somewhat. But the band get back to basics on the more frenetic flip side, with the gloriously amateurish punk of 'Love is Shit' and 'Tormented', each clocking in at the perfunctory two minutes or less.
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