Paisley Underground is a musical genre that originated in Los Angeles, California and reached a peak in the mid-1980s. A collective of rock bands revived the psychedelic jangle-pop of the 1960s and created this Paisley Underground scene which became a hotbed for pioneering alternative rock acts, leaning equally towards country and folk, in the form of cowpunk, and psychedelia. Many bands came under the umbrella phrase of ‘The Paisley Underground’ like The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate, Game Theory, Green On Red, The Gun Club, The Long Ryders, Opal, Patty Hurst Shifter, The Pandoras, The Rain Parade, Rainy Day, Thin White Rope, Three O’Clock, True West, The Unclaimed, and X. Its roots trace to the University of California at Davis in Davis, California and Michael Quercio the founding member of the Three O’Clock invented the term Paisley Underground in late 1982. A sudden spurt of young bands that all sounded different created this music scene out of a tight-knit community, that were all friendly and not especially competitive as they played at the same clubs together, but they have now all but faded from memory. Paisley Underground was a scene more than a sound and Prince was obsessed with it. Eventually, some of the groups disbanded or transformed into new bands.
Last week we had Kicking it Old School where the theme was to find Garage Rock songs. This week the theme is to find Paisley Underground songs. Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you can as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two. Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post. Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about. Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music. Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it. If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.
This week I will be writing about The Dream Syndicate song ‘Tell Me When It’s Over’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Man in a Box’ by Alice in Chains. The upcoming prompts will be:
January 15, 2023 – Metal Music
January 22, 2023 – Country Music
January 29, 2023 – New Wave Music
February 5, 2023 – Yacht Rock suggested by John Holton of The Sound of One Hand Typing