The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate & Rain Parade

The Paisley Underground: The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade

Four bands from the Paisley Underground musical movement of the 1980s will reunite to perform at The Fillmore on December 5, 2013! The bands — The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade — were key proponents of the L.A.-based movement, which incorporated psychedelia, rich vocal harmonies and guitar interplay in a folk-rock style that owed a particular debt to The Byrds, but more generally referenced the whole range of 1960s West Coast pop and garage rock.

The Bangles are an American all-female band that originated in the early 1980s, scoring several hit singles during the decade. In 1983 the Bangles signed to Columbia. Veteran power-pop producer David Kahne produced All Over the Place, which featured such classic Bangles songs as "Hero Takes a Fall" and Kimberley Rew's "Going Down to Liverpool." After seeing the video for ”Hero Takes a Fall,” Prince became a fan, and gave them the song "Manic Monday" which went to #2 in 1986. The parent album, Different Light, which reached #2 on the album chart, featured other hits as well: "Walk Like an Egyptian” (which went to #1), Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," "Walking Down Your Street" and a cover of Alex Chilton's "September Gurls." In 1987 the Bangles' version of Paul Simon's "Hazy Shade of Winter" from the Less Than Zero soundtrack became their second #1 track. Everything followed in 1988, yielding the hits "In Your Room" and "Eternal Flame.” Susanna Hoffs, lead guitarist Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson form the ongoing nucleus of the band. Their latest album, Sweetheart of the Sun, was released in 2011.

The Three O'Clock helped define the Paisley Underground, (initially as the Salvation Army), releasing a series of albums on Frontier (Baroque Howdown, Sixteen Tambourines), I.R.S. (Arrive Without Traveling, Ever After) and, appropriately, Prince’s Paisley Park Records (Vermillion). The band received airplay on modern-rock stations with “Jetfighter,” “Cantaloupe Girlfriend” and “Her Head’s Revolving.” While the band called it quits after 1989, they defied all probability by having their best year in 2013, releasing a compilation CD (The Hidden World Revealed, Omnivore Records) performing at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and on national television (Conan), and touring the West Coast. The band is lead singer and bassist Michael Quercio, guitarist Louis Gutierrez and drummer Danny Benair, joined by keyboardist Adam Merrin.  Quercio is credited with coining the term "Paisley Underground.”

The Dream Syndicate first turned heads with the 1982 album Days of Wine and Roses on Slash Records. The band’s frontman and songwriter is Steve Wynn, who remained constant amidst a turntable of players including Dennis Duck, Kendra Smith, David Provost, Paul B. Cutler, Mark Walton and others. The Dream Syndicate joined the major-label ranks with 1984’s Medicine Show on A&M Records, produced by Sandy Pearlman. While Wynn has focused on his new group, Miracle 3, in recent years, the Dream Syndicate reunited for a tour of Spain in 2012 followed by a European tour earlier this year.

Rain Parade was founded by college roommates Matt Piucci and David Roback in 1981, originally as The Sidewalks. David's brother Steven Roback joined the band shortly thereafter. David and Steven had been in a band called The Unconscious with neighbor Susanna Hoffs. The band soon added Will and later Eddie Kalwa They self-released their debut single, "What She's Done to Your Mind" on their Llama label in 1982. In 1983 they released the debut album Emergency Third Rail Power Trip on the Enigma/Zippo label, the first of three for Enigma and sibling label Restless; 1985’s Crashing Dream came out on Island Records. The band reformed for a San Francisco show in 2012.

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