Great Plains (Ohio band)

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Great Plains
OriginColumbus, Ohio
GenresFolk pop, new wave, garage rock
Years active1981 (1981)–1989 (1989)
LabelsHomestead Records, Old 3C Records
Past membersRon House (vocals/guitar/songwriting), Matt Wyatt (guitar), Mark Wyatt (keyboards), Paul Nini (bass)

Great Plains was a band from Columbus, Ohio active during the 1980s. Its vocalist and songwriter, Ron House, went on to found the much more successful band Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments.[1]


Great Plains was founded in 1981.[2] Its first release was 1982's The Mark, Don & Mel EP, which contained eight tracks.[2][3] In 1984, they released their full-length debut, Born in a Barn, on Homestead Records.[3][4] They released another full-length, Naked At The Buy Sell & Trade, in 1986, followed by their third such album, Sum Things Up, in 1987.[2] In 1989, the band released a compilation album, Colorized!, on the Demon Records offshoot Diabolo Records.[5] In 2000, a compilation album of 50 of the band's songs from their entire career, entitled Length of Growth, 1981-1989, was released on the Old 3C label.[6]


Robert Christgau awarded two of Great Plains' studio albums B+ grades, and the other (Sum Things Up) an A−.[7] Len Righi described Sum Things Up as "an oddball combination of punk, pop, psychedelia, folk and garage rock" and said that the band's records had improved consistently in quality over their history.[2]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Born in a Barn (Homestead) 1984
  • Naked at the Buy, Sell and Trade (Homestead) 1985
  • Sum Things Up (Homestead) 1987


  • The Mark, Don & Mel E.P. (New Age) 1983

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Colorized! (Diabolo, 1989)
  • Length of Growth 1981-89 (Old 3C) 2001


  1. ^ Byrne, Richard (4 November 2005). "Big Wind From Ohio". American Prospect. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Righi, Len (12 March 1988). "Great Plains Rising From The Valley Of Anonymity". The Morning Call. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Robbins, Ira. "Great Plains". Trouser Press. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  4. ^ Graves, Karen. "Born in a Barn Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  5. ^ Graves, Karen. "Colorized!". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  6. ^ Graves, Karen E. "Length of Growth, 1981-1989 Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Great Plains". Retrieved 9 February 2016.