Wednesday, February 27, 2008

for some reason, psychedelic music became really popular in l.a.’s 80s underground scene (well, at least part of it). rain parade were one of the best of the ‘paisley underground’ bands, and the trippiest too. their music was low-key but dreamy, a mellower take on the psychedelia of love and early pink floyd.

“look at merri” is one of their best songs, off the excellent “emergency third rail power trip”. at the center of the track is the gentle psychedelic groove of the bass, with everything else swirling around it:

rain parade--"look at merri"

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A college radio blog? Why not.

Rain Parade was one of the lesser of the paisley underground bands that came out of LA in the early 80's. Lesser, but still fine, and a much better live band than in studio. Better stuff: Dream Syndicate, True West, very early Leaving Trains. Check it out.

And also check out the Rain Parade Macalester connection: John Thoman, who took over after David Roback left the band, was a former Mac student ...

1:38 AM  
Blogger Geoff said...

WMCN has it on vinyl, and it's the crown jewel of our collection, because the cover is so pretty.

3:17 PM  
Blogger aaron said...

wow i was totally unaware of the mac connection, that's really cool. thanks for sharing.

yeah and isn't that a great cover

2:28 PM  

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