Photo courtesy of Ryan "Ryco" Collins
Variant Cause
Seattle, Washington
1985 - 1990


Tony Bortko ~ Lead Guitar
* Ryan "Ryco" Collins ~ Bass, Vocals
* Mark Fenton ~ Drums, Vocals
* Jan Gregor* ~ Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocals
* Rick "Wayo" Hogan ~ Keyboards, Vocals
Frank Holman ~ Keyboards, Vocals
* Greg Morlan ~ Lead Guitar

* Indicates Original Members

Frank Holman replaced Rick Hogan and Tony Bortko replaced Greg Morlan

In Memory of

Tony Bortko
b: 1953 - d: 4 December 2006

Greg Morlan
b: June 1957 -  d. 19 Aug 2013

The Pacific Northwest rock scene of the 1980s was a hotbed of creativity, with a multitude of bands developing uncommon sounds in relative geographic isolation. Living was cheap and a band had the time to play and grow, unconstrained by any set musical standards of conformity. A rock generation preceding the grunge groups that put the Pacific Northwest on the rock map, Variant Cause was an odd combination of disparate personalities who came together to create a brand new sound.

Any given week throughout the 80s you could find them performing their neoteric rock somewhere: at an armory dance, a DIY loft party or an intimate rock club. In Seattle; Spokane; Bellingham; Salem; Portland; Moscow; Tacoma and all points in between. They were the local opening act for Iggy Pop, Nico, Ian Hunter, the Godfathers and the Blasters.

2006 except where noted

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Photos courtesy of Ryan Ryco Collins

Courtesy of Jan Gregor

Courtesy of Jan Gregor

Courtesy of Jan Gregor

Courtesy of Jan Gregor
Some of the other Pacific Northwest music groups represented in members of this group include: X-Static, The Numatics, Mojo Hand, TKO, Northern Lite, The Life, The Magnetics, 8 Feet Standing, Hot Stuff, Chaser, Sweet Madness, Next Exit and many other NW bands.

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Last Update:   15 February 2015
Credits: Ryan Collins, Jan Gregor
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