"The Paisley Underground"

brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
Feeling as though I've gone off-topic perhaps more than I ought to on the "Happiness Bastards- The Black Crowes" thread (sorry guys!) I figured it's time to have a "Paisley Underground" thread. I put that title in quotes because many of the musicians who are or were a part of that music scene actually hate that title the way some member of the "Grunge" scene hate that name (including myself).  But as a general reference I've used it here because it's the name that stuck (I happen to like it). 
I could write a book about The Paisley Underground music movement but I'll try to be somewhat brief and assume/ hope some of you are familiar with this anyway, and very much hope others are open to checking it out.  
The Paisley Underground refers to a musical genre that came out of California- especially the Los Angeles area- in the mid 80's.  Like many others, I was drawn to this group of musicians and bands because so much music at that time was just not very satisfying.  Many of the 60's to early 70's bands and musicians had grown stale or broken up or simply died (Hendrix, Joplin, Brian Jones, Keith Moon, etc).  Disco was big but no attractive for a lot of us rock fans.  Punk and hardcore was cool except, for some of us, the endless pummeling of hardcore just did not provide diverse enough musics for our aural diet of sound. 
So what Paisley Underground offered was an excellent blend of diverse rock influences including psychedelia, garage rock, jangley Byrdsian pop, country rock, replete with engaging harmonies, excellent guitar jam interplay, and spiced with some new wave and punk influences.
The major bands that populated this genre included:

The Bangles
The Dream Syndicate
Game Theory
Green on Red
Long Ryders
Rain Parade
The Three O'clock
True West

Some of these band morphed into others including Opal, Mazzy Star, Danny and Dusty, the Baseball Project, and others. 

So that's the basic rundown.  Feel free to fill in missing gaps, talk about some of your favorite bands, groups in this genre you've seen, etc.
And if you're not familiar with any of this, there's a ton a rich music to mine here, and I can almost guarantee there is something (or a lot of somethings!) that just might thrill your soul!

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













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  • JeBurkhardtJeBurkhardt Posts: 4,483
    I really like The Three O'clock, and their former guitarist Jason Falkner went on the play on one of my favorite albums "Bellybutton" by Jellyfish.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    I really like The Three O'clock, and their former guitarist Jason Falkner went on the play on one of my favorite albums "Bellybutton" by Jellyfish.

    Yeah, I like The Three O'clock as well, clear back to when they were called The Salvation Army.  They did some nice numbers on this fine album:

    The Bangles*The Three O'ClockThe Dream SyndicateRain Parade – 3×4

    Label:Yep Roc Records – YEP-2596
    Format:
    2 x Vinyl, LP, Record Store Day, Stereo, Purple Swirl
    Country:Worldwide
    Released:Nov 23, 2018
    Genre:Rock, Pop
    Style:Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, Jangle Pop, Power Pop
    Seems I remember hearing about Jellyfish.  I'll have to check that out again. 

    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













  • JeBurkhardtJeBurkhardt Posts: 4,483
    I will check out these groups. I have heard a lot of good things about the Dream Syndicate.
  • JOEJOEJOEJOEJOEJOE Posts: 10,418
    I was a teenager in L.A. during the Paisley Underground.....I really liked the Long Ryders!
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,661
    JOEJOEJOE said:
    I was a teenager in L.A. during the Paisley Underground.....I really liked the Long Ryders!

    Yeah, great stuff! 
    And I really admire Stephen McCarthy as a multi-instrumentalist.  He added some nice touches to the last Dream Syndicate albums, especially The Universe Inside- everything from guitars to electric sitar to backing vocals.   And some fine work with Gutterball as well.
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man [or woman] who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Variously credited to Mark Twain or Edward Abbey.













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