Dead Moon

Dead Moon was a Portland, Oregon punk rock band. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Fred Cole; his wife Toody Cole plays bass, and Andrew Loomis plays drums. Formed in 1987, the band combined punk and country in their stripped-down sound.

Fred Cole has engineered most of the band’s recordings and mastered them on a mono lathe that was used for The Kingsmen’s version of "Louie Louie."
Their early records, such as In the Graveyard, were released on the Tombstone Records label, named for the musical equipment store Fred and Toody operated at the time. Soon they caught the attention of the German label Music Maniac, and toured Europe successfully. Not until the mid-nineties did they tour the United States. Much of their following is in Europe.

A U.S. filmmaking team (Kate Fix and Jason Summers) produced a 2004 documentary, Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story, which played in independent theaters around the U.S., New Zealand, and Melbourne International Film Fest, and might be offered with the upcoming Dead Moon box set on Sub Pop Records. Dead Moon has recorded for labels such as Empty Records, but most releases are on Music Maniac abroad and Tombstone in the U.S. The Tombstone label has also provided cheap mastering and duplication for other bands, serving more as a cooperative than a promotional vehicle.

Fred and Toody are in their sixties. They currently own the Tombstone General Store in Clackamas, Oregon, and are building a shopping center nearby.

Pearl Jam often covers the song It’s OK.

In December 2006 they retired:

2006-12-13 – AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DEAD MOON

After 20 yrs, Dead Moon is retiring. It has been a journey we will always treasure and feel that a worldwide family has emerged in its place. Dead Moon became much bigger than the band itself, it became a DIY underground hopeful for a lot of people. The candle is still burning!
–Fred Cole
(from http://www.subpop.com)

2007-05-18 PIERCED ARROWS
For the first time in a long time, Fred and Toody Cole were nervous. Six months after the breakup of their legendary garage-rock outfit, Dead Moon, the Coles were about to debut a new group—something they haven’t had to do for 20 years. And their new trio, Pierced Arrows, had only six practices under its belt at showtime.
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Dead Moon Albums

0.0 Alive in the Unknown Dead Moon
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0.0 Crack in the System Dead Moon
Released on
November 30, 1993
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0.0 Dead Ahead Dead Moon
Released on
March 29, 2004
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0.0 Dead Moon Night Dead Moon
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0.0 Defiance Dead Moon
Released on
November 30, 1989
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0.0 Destination X Dead Moon
Released on
July 5, 1999
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0.0 Diamonds in the Rough Dead Moon
Released on
November 30, 1995
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0.0 Echoes Of The Past Dead Moon
Released on
September 12, 2006
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0.0 Hard Wired in Ljubljana Dead Moon
Released on
October 24, 1997
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0.0 Hardwired in Ljubljana Dead Moon
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0.0 In the Graveyard Dead Moon
Released on
August 31, 2004
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0.0 Live Evil : The Moon Dead Moon
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0.0 Livevil Dead Moon
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0.0 Nervous Sooner Changes Dead Moon
Released on
October 2, 1995
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0.0 Stranded In The Mystery Zone Dead Moon
Released on
November 30, 1990
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0.0 Strange Pray Tell Dead Moon
Released on
October 1, 1992
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0.0 Thirteen Off My Hook Dead Moon
Released on
November 30, 1989
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0.0 Trash & Burn Dead Moon
Released on
November 30, 1989
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0.0 Trash and Burn Dead Moon
Released on
May 21, 2001
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0.0 Unknown Passage Dead Moon
Released on
November 30, 1988
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