The Green Pajamas /  Seattle Post-psychedelic Pop
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The Green Pajamas

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The PJS have released over 30 albums and they are pretty damn good. Perhaps it's time for you to try them.

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I know everyone is always using the phrase “most underrated band” but in this instance I believe it to be true. These guys should have been superstars. In my world, they are. Frank Gutch — 08/09/2016

I don’t want to say I saved the best for last, but The Pajamas are one of my all-time favorite bands of all-time. Yes, I meant to write all-time twice. They deserve it. One thing I have always liked about the band is that their members really care about their fans. Really. They have gone out of their way the past few years to make their older albums available (even the exceptional All Clues Lead to Meagan’s Bed which I had tried to find for so long) and even went out of their way to make sure vinyl would be available for the latest release (or should I say re-release), If You Knew What I Dreamed. The new album is a chopped down version and remixed version of the 2007 album and is worth it for the upgraded sound courtesy of Green Monkey prexy Tom Dyer. The original release had sixteen tracks but the powers that be decided on eleven for whatever reason. Doesn’t really matter. You can still download all sixteen tracks here. And here is the link for the new release. Hell, if’n I was you, I would download them both if for nothing else but comparisons sake. For more information, I suggest following this link. I know everyone is always using the phrase “most underrated band” but in this instance I believe it to be true. These guys should have been superstars. In my world, they are. From Segarini: Don’t Believe a Word I Say

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The Green Pajamas - Fairy Queen - Live @the Royal Room Seattle...

The Green Pajamas - Fairy Queen - Live @the Royal Room Seattle

The Green Pajamas, live at The Royal Room, Seattle, March 11, 2017.

The Green Pajamas - KILL THE POWER (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - KILL THE POWER (Official Music Video)

New single from The Green Pajamas. Available from http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com later this week.

The Green Pajamas - Deportee (Plane Crash At Los Gatos)...

The Green Pajamas - Deportee (Plane Crash At Los Gatos)

Written by Woody Guthrie in 1948.

The Green Pajamas - When Juliet Smiles (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - When Juliet Smiles (Official Music Video)

From the album, To The End Of The Sea, http://greenmonkeyrecords.com/product/green-pajamas-end-sea/

The Green Pajamas - Sea of Secrets (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - Sea of Secrets (Official Music Video)

From the album, To The End Of The Sea available at http://greenmonkeyrecords.com/product/green-pajamas-end-sea/ Track available at https://greenmonkeyrecords...

The Green Pajamas - Ten Million Light Years Away (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - Ten Million Light Years Away (Official Music Video)

From The Green Pajamas - To The End Of The Sea album - Available from http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com

The Green Pajamas - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)...

The Green Pajamas - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

http://KEXP.ORG presents The Green Pajamas performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded December 27, 2013. Songs: Lonesome End of the Lake The Queen's Last T...

The Green Pajamas - The Spell (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - The Spell (Official Music Video)

Buy the song:https://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/track/the-spell A very rare film of The Green Pajamas on French T.V. circa 1968. http://www.greenmonkeyr...

The Green Pajamas - The Queen Bee Is Dead (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - The Queen Bee Is Dead (Official Music Video)

From the new album, Death By Misadventure (Green Monkey Records) Out now. http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/wordpress/catalog_PJs_Death.php Produced by Jeff ...

The Green Pajamas - The Queen's Last Tango (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - The Queen's Last Tango (Official Music Video)

From THE GREEN PAJAMAS - DEATH BY MISADVENTURE http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/wordpress/catalog_PJs_Death.php Written and Produced by Jeff Kelly Directed ...

Death by Misadventure Trailer...

Death by Misadventure Trailer

Trailer for The Green Pajamas new CD - Death By Misadventure out July 2012 http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/wordpress/catalog_PJs_Death.php

The Green Pajamas - Pass Me Another Whiskey (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - Pass Me Another Whiskey (Official Music Video)

http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/catalog_PJs_Country.php From the album, GREEN PAJAMA COUNTRY. Video directed by Tom Dyer. Filmed on location by Carlton and...

The Green Pajamas - Dark Water (In The Wires) (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - Dark Water (In The Wires) (Official Music Video)

The second video from Green Pajama Country! Available at http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/catalog_PJs_Country.php on Green Monkey Records.

The Green Pajamas "Country" trailer...

The Green Pajamas "Country" trailer

http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/catalog_PJs_Country.php Out now, Green Pajama Country!...by who else? The Green Pajamas. At finer record stores everywhere ...

The Green Pajamas - Thinking Only Of You (Lust Don't Last) (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - Thinking Only Of You (Lust Don't Last) (Official Music Video)

Buy the song: https://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/track/thinking-only-of-you-lust-dont-last Or buy the album: http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/wordpress...

The Green Pajamas - The Way I Feel About You (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - The Way I Feel About You (Official Music Video)

From THE GREEN PAJAMAS - SUMMER OF LUST (1984) http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/wordpress/catalog_PJs_SoL.php So now you have it (Summer of Lust) on CD for ...

The Green Pajamas - Katie Lied (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - Katie Lied (Official Music Video)

Vintage Green Pajamas from their first album, Summer of Lust (1984). http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/catalog_PJs_SoL.php If you're one of the few that expe...

The Green Pajamas - Jails (Official Music Video)...

The Green Pajamas - Jails (Official Music Video)

Original Green Pajamas video with cleaned up audio for the song Jails from the 1990 album Ghosts of Love on Green Monkey Records. http://greenmonkeyrecords.b...

The Green Pajamas - Walking in the Rain (The NEW Spud Goodman Show)...

The Green Pajamas - Walking in the Rain (The NEW Spud Goodman Show)

Buy the song: https://greenmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/track/walking-in-the-rain-2 or buy the album: http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/wordpress/catalog_PJs_G...

The Green Pajamas - Far Away (Live 1985)...

The Green Pajamas - Far Away (Live 1985)

The Green Pajamas live at Gorilla Gardens in Seattle May 17, 1985. http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com The band is Jeff Kelly, Joe Ross, Steve Lawrence and Kar...

The Green Pajamas - Peppermint Stick [Live 1989]...

The Green Pajamas - Peppermint Stick [Live 1989]

Peppermint Stick is available on the Green Monkey Records compilation It Crawled From The Basement [GM 1001] here http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com/catalog_I...

Cold Turkey [Live] - The Green Pajamas...

Cold Turkey [Live] - The Green Pajamas

http://www.greenmonkeyrecords.com The Green Pajamas play a musical tribute to John Lennon on what would have been his 70th birthday. Live at Silver Platters ...

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The Green Pajamas /  Seattle Post-psychedelic Pop

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The Green Pajamas formed in the spring of 1984 when Jeff Kelly and Joe Ross recorded and released their first album, Summer Of Lust, pioneering Seattle's answer to the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene. "The Pajamas somehow manage to sound like holding two kaleidoscopes side by side and using them as binoculars to see the future of rock'n'roll" wrote Phil McMullen in Bucketfull Of Brains [July 1987]. The band rose to college radio fame in the mid 1980s with the 7" record "Kim The Waitress," and, over the last 22 years, has released numerous albums on many labels including Green Monkey, Bomp!, Camera Obscura and Get Hip. Their most recent album is a reissue of Happy Halloween on Green Monkey Records. 2009's Poison In The Russian Room was voted one of top 100 records of the year by The London Times. The Green Pajamas' current lineup includes founding members Kelly and Ross (on guitar and bass respectively), longtime stalwart Eric Lichter (keyboard), Laura Weller (guitar) and Scott Vanderpool (drums).

Though its focus has always been on recording, the band has often performed in its home town and at the Terrastock festivals in San Francisco, London, Providence and Seattle, as well as in Austin, Boston, Vancouver and other cities.

The Green Pajamas, whose long run and prolific output have earned them the title, "legendary" from The Seattle Post Intelligencer, have just released To The End of The Sea, their first new studio album since 2012's Death By Misadventure.

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Aug 09, 2016

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I know everyone is always using the phrase “most underrated band” but in this instance I believe it to be true. These guys should have been superstars. In my world, they are. Frank Gutch

I don’t want to say I saved the best for last, but The Pajamas are one of my all-time favorite bands of all-time. Yes, I meant to write all-time twice. They deserve it. One thing I have always liked about the band is that their members really care about their fans. Really. They have gone out of their way the past few years to make their older albums available (even the exceptional All Clues Lead to Meagan’s Bed which I had tried to find for so long) and even went out of their way to make sure vinyl would be available for the latest release (or should I say re-release), If You Knew What I Dreamed. The new album is a chopped down version and remixed version of the 2007 album and is worth it for the upgraded sound courtesy of Green Monkey prexy Tom Dyer. The original release had sixteen tracks but the powers that be decided on eleven for whatever reason. Doesn’t really matter. You can still download all sixteen tracks here. And here is the link for the new release. Hell, if’n I was you, I would download them both if for nothing else but comparisons sake. For more information, I suggest following this link. I know everyone is always using the phrase “most underrated band” but in this instance I believe it to be true. These guys should have been superstars. In my world, they are. From Segarini: Don’t Believe a Word I Say

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Nov 04, 2015

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Why Do Bands Stay Together? Seven Veteran Seattle Groups Share the Secrets of Their Longevity

"If anyone in town knows how to foster longevity, it's Jeff Kelly. His melodious psych-rock band the Green Pajamas have existed since 1984. "Joe [Ross] and I started this thing when we were young, and we still enjoy each other's company," Kelly says. "We argue about shit often, but it's a bit like brothers and we end up still together in the end. In fact, the whole Pajamas live band is a bit like family—albeit a polyamorous relationship or an open marriage. Allowing each other musical freedom may be key. We all have our various projects." Another good point is to limit live gigs. "I am of the opinion that we should only go out and play shows if it sounds like a lot of fun," Kelly says. "I want to play just when there is a reason to celebrate."

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Jan 31, 2015

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A Fine Review For Happy Halloween in BLURT!

“Partner Joe Ross chimes in with a couple of tunes of his own; his wavery pitch and more straightforward emotional thrust make “Last Days of Autumn” and especially “All I Want to Do” (“is sit in my room and try and write songs for you”) particularly affecting. . . But those are just a few of the rough gems found in a mine that veteran PJs fans will greatly enjoy excavating.” Michael Toland – Blurt

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Jan 05, 2015

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Happy Halloween! named Best Reissue of 2014!

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Nov 30, 2014

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Americana UK says Yes to Happy Halloween!

“Another welcome reissue from Seattle psych popsters . . . if you dig the likes of Syd Barrett, The West Coast Experimental Pop Band, Robyn Hitchcock, Young Marble Giants or The Bevis Frond then you might be well advised to check this out.” Paul Kerr, Americana UK

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Nov 11, 2014

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“Green Pajamas fans need this right now, and for those who are yet to discover this long running, and consistently great institution, now’s the time” Nathan Ford – The Active Listener

Green Monkey Records' excavation of the Green Pajamas' back catalogue has been an impressive undertaking which I'm sad to see the end of, but they go out with a bang here! The original "Happy Halloween"s eight tracks were recorded and released in October 1984, recorded directly onto cassette, only released on cassette, and distributed amongst friends, so this is its first public release, bolstered by 14 bonus tracks from around the same time, many of which are better than the original "Happy Halloween" tracks. So, what to make of "Happy Halloween"? It's predictably lo-fi of course, as is only to be expected for music sourced from tapes, but considering its vintage it sounds pretty great, and remember, these are the guys who had just released "Summer of Lust" - they knew how to get a good sound quickly and cheaply. And "Summer of Lust" is a good touchstone for what to expect here, with classic pop songcraft still very much a priority, with winsome melodies, huge choruses, and engaging harmonies. There's also an effort to widen the scope of their arrangements, with Jeff Kelly acquiring a cheap cello that makes it way onto many of the tracks here, played surprisingly adeptly as Jeff had never played a bowed instrument before. "Stephanie Barber" sounds like Macca and George Martin have been at it, and is a startling example of how quickly Jeff adapted and evolved, given any opportunity. Elsewhere a new Casiotone keyboard makes its presence felt in a mostly successful fashion, with only a confusing early version of "Murder of Crows" failing to gel. Some nice baroque, Greensleevesy moments too. And there are some corker songs here, a few of which were later revisited and given proper release, but most of which weren't. "I've Got a Crush On You" is one of the best, sounding effortlessly off the cuff, but insidiously memorable in its graceful melancholy. And "This Winter's Night" is a great, spontaneous "Hey Jude" of an anthem with an extremely Beatlesque repeated refrain of "Why can't this Christmas go on forever?" that goes on (almost) forever, but not quite long enough. Green Pajamas fans need this right now, and for those who are yet to discover this long running, and consistently great institution, now's the time and while this may not be the best starting point (perhaps "The Complete Book Of Hours"?), it's certainly got the requisite hooks to snag a few newbies.

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Nov 09, 2014

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Halloween! Review in This Is Book’s Music!

John Book, This is Book’s Music: Halloween 2014 is behind us now but this album by the Green Pajamas was released before October 31st and in truth, it’s music that is non-seasonal, which is good. The music on Happy Halloween! (Green Monkey) was recorded in 1984 but remained unreleased until thirty years later. Why it was held back is unknown but this is an album that should’ve came out way back then. If you are someone who has been a fan of this Seattle band over the years, you will find this to be great, as if a holy grail of sorts has been unleashed and you’ve been patiently waiting for something (anything) unreleased until now. A group like that, at least for me, were always on the verge of becoming something huge but because of the fact that Seattle was not the “hip place” it would become seven years later, a lot of great artists were held back from superstardom. For those who have called Green Pajamas personal favorites, songs like “In The Sky”, “I’ll Want To Run For You” and “Johnna Johnna” will become the classics it deserves to be.

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Oct 29, 2014

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Sweet Halloween Review in Terrascope!

“a fascinating microscopic peek into the nuts and bolts of where they began and how, even thirty years ago in their basements and bedrooms, they were laying the groundwork for one of the most impressive careers in rock and roll.” Jeff Penczak, Terrascope

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Jun 20, 2014

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Rigby: Why the Germanic Drummers on Pajamas’ Summer of Lust?

I have seen many reviews of Summer of Lust over the years. This, a first. Paul Rigby, The Audiophile Man notes: “Only the part-time drummers, Karl Wilhelm and Joe Bauer, keep shtumn. Be nice to know why this band’s drummers tend to have Germanic names, though. Must update the Blog on that point.” And the Answer is?

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Mar 31, 2014

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Green Pajamas are a Northwest Institution

Here’s a nice write up the Pajamas got in The Stranger recently for a show for KEXP. The show was great by the way. (Sunset) My girl DJ Sharlese over at KEXP digs deeper than the much-celebrated Northwest-’90s era, and instead has a keen ear for Seattle-area bands from the previous decade. I first heard the Green Pajamas on her Audioasis show and have been kinda fascinated with them ever since. In 1984, the Green Pajamas brought the paisley underground to Seattle by way of mellow, guitar-driven psychedelic pop and have made um, 32 albums since. It’s probably “Kim the Waitress” you know them by—a moony little number of earnest, unrequited lust. Though I just haven’t had the days or weeks (months?) to listen to their entire discography, playing G-PJs-songs roulette has included: Xanax-coated power pop, fuzzed-out indie, sleepy love songs, and a valiant cover of the most boring Christmas song, “O Holy Night.” With Tango Alpha Tango and Campfire OK. – Emily Nokes

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Mar 31, 2014

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“November” Review in All Music Guide

“November is a document of a very specific moment in time for the Green Pajamas; it finds them young, wiry, and enthusiastic, and if this isn’t the live album some fans might have dreamed of, it captures them, warts and all, on one of the better nights of their lives together.” Mark Deming. All Music

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Oct 02, 2012

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‘Death By Misadventure’ is a wacky exercise in psychedelia. Just accept that the moon is made of cheese and give Death By Misadventure a good listen, it’s well worth it.

‘Death By Misadventure’ is a wacky exercise in psychedelia. A beautiful, crazy concept album about the life cycle of a bee colony (kind of). Quirky? Yep. Dark and tormented. Indeed. Oh, and it’s the 30th album by Seattle stalwarts and psychedelic enthusiasts The Green Pajamas. It’s starting to make sense now… Well, it makes sense to a point – if you’re in a certain mindset or mood when you take the album in. Even the songs about sunshine and summer have sinister undertones. It’s all very disconcerting, but you get the distinct impression that The Green Pajamas had every intention of it being this way. Part One is ‘The Fall of the Queen Bee’, set in a land called Colony. Here, the Queen suffers ‘death by decadent misadventure’, described in gloriously graphic detail in ‘The Queen Bee’s Last Tango’. “She strips off her girdle, slips off her swastika ring/While 17 boys dressed up as dolls and toys blow the king/In the opium fog, the prince and his dog start to sing/And there’s no sense of the sorrow to befall them all tomorrow” … yep, it sounds like quite a party. In the aftermath, the Queen was fried in batter and eaten by her subjects, which she preferred to a good hanging. You have to cut through some killer tunes to get to the storyline, but this is certainly no chore! The second half of the album is ‘Cruel Dreams, Cruel Things’. This is the half that has a stronger pop sensibility. That’s not to say it reverts to more traditional subject matter – Jeff Kelly’s lyrics are still full of supernatural references – tales of faerey, witching hours, myths, legend, romance and some good old sleaze. But again, the killer tracks will have you tapping your feet and the tunes will worm their way into your head. But really, you’re best off not thinking about things too much. Just accept that the moon is made of cheese and give Death By Misadventure a good listen, it’s well worth it.‘Death By Misadventure’ is a wacky exercise in psychedelia. A beautiful, crazy concept album about the life cycle of a bee colony (kind of). Quirky? Yep. Dark and tormented. Indeed. Oh, and it’s the 30th album by Seattle stalwarts and psychedelic enthusiasts The Green Pajamas. It’s starting to make sense now… Well, it makes sense to a point – if you’re in a certain mindset or mood when you take the album in. Even the songs about sunshine and summer have sinister undertones. It’s all very disconcerting, but you get the distinct impression that The Green Pajamas had every intention of it being this way. Part One is ‘The Fall of the Queen Bee’, set in a land called Colony. Here, the Queen suffers ‘death by decadent misadventure’, described in gloriously graphic detail in ‘The Queen Bee’s Last Tango’. “She strips off her girdle, slips off her swastika ring/While 17 boys dressed up as dolls and toys blow the king/In the opium fog, the prince and his dog start to sing/And there’s no sense of the sorrow to befall them all tomorrow” … yep, it sounds like quite a party. In the aftermath, the Queen was fried in batter and eaten by her subjects, which she preferred to a good hanging. You have to cut through some killer tunes to get to the storyline, but this is certainly no chore! The second half of the album is ‘Cruel Dreams, Cruel Things’. This is the half that has a stronger pop sensibility. That’s not to say it reverts to more traditional subject matter – Jeff Kelly’s lyrics are still full of supernatural references – tales of faerey, witching hours, myths, legend, romance and some good old sleaze. But again, the killer tracks will have you tapping your feet and the tunes will worm their way into your head. But really, you’re best off not thinking about things too much. Just accept that the moon is made of cheese and give Death By Misadventure a good listen, it’s well worth it. markwhitfield Americana UK

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Apr 29, 2010

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PJs Listening Party at Green Room

Green Pajamas (Showbox at the Market Green Room) Why are Green Pajamas playing a CD-release party in the minuscule Green Room 26 years into their career? This just seems wrong. Perhaps Seattle's most overlooked psych-pop group (despite penning one of the most beautiful songs ever, "Kim the Waitress"), Green Pajamas tonight celebrate the reissue of their 1987 album, Book of Hours (retitled for the expanded version The Complete Book of Hours by Green Monkey Records). It's yet another collection of literate, acutely crafted, achingly wistful songs that quickly embed themselves in your pleasure centers. Even their last album, 2009's Poison in the Russian Room, shows none of the usual signs of rock-band aging. And yet... the Green Room. Huh. DAVE SEGAL

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