Green On Red and Rain Parade were at the top of their respective games.
By Uncle Blurt
Did someone say “paisley underground”? While some of the movers and shakers of the aforementioned u-ground—generally regarded as operative during the mid ‘80s (although the musicians continue to wield their own influence upon modern times)—chafed at that journalist-coined catchphrase, the fact of the matter is that there was an aesthetic commonality among the likes of the Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Long Ryders, True West, Three O’Clock, Green On Red, Bangles, etc. And I dearly loved every one of ‘em, seeing each band a number of times during their heyday.
So it’s quite a blast from the past to unearth not just one but two ace recordings from 1985, one of which yours truly was actually in attendance for. They are available for free download over at the ever-astute archival site The Big O, complete with downloadable artwork. Full tracklisting at the bottom of the page.
It finds Danny Stuart, Chuck Prophet, Chris Cacavas, Alex MacNichol and Jack Waterson firing on all six chambers, er, cylinders, tackling choice tunes from Gas Food Lodging and No Free Lunch along with a handful of covers, among them Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer.” And if you happen to hear yer ol’ uncle emitting some of his signature whoops—the tape, after all, was originally recorded by moi—pat yourself on your paisley back.
No, I was not there, but I have long had a copy of the tape, so it’s doubly nice to hear one of my fave Rain Parade shows digitized and suitable for burning to disc. The soundboard recording finds this group in top form as well, and intriguingly the legacy extends to today: the group got back together in 2012. Salute!
Green On Red tracklisting:
Rain Parade tracklisting: