Sunday, January 6, 2008

Dream Syndicate - The Days of Wine & Roses , The Medicine Show

SURPRISE!!!! more Paisley Underground

thanks to hank for helping out

Dream Syndicate was an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California active from 1981 to 1989. The band was associated with the Paisley Underground music movement.

While attending the University of California, Davis, Wynn and Smith played together (with future True West members Russ Tolman and Gavin Blair) in The Suspects. Moving back home to Los Angeles, Wynn recorded a single under the name 15 Minutes (as in 15 minutes of fame) as his intended farewell to music. He did not follow that course. Rehearsing in a band called Goat Deity, Wynn met Precoda, who had answered an ad for a bass player, and the two joined to form a new group, with Precoda switching to guitar. Smith came to play bass, and brought in drummer Dennis Duck, who had played in the locally successful Pasadena-based Human Hands.

Duck suggested the name "The Dream Syndicate" in reference to Tony Conrad's early 1960s New York experimental ensemble (better known as the Theater of Eternal Music), whose members included John Cale.

On February 23, 1982, The Dream Syndicate performed its first show at Club Lingerie in Hollywood. A four-song EP was recorded in the basement of Wynn's house and released on his own Down There label, and the band quickly achieved local notoriety for its often aggressively long, feedback-soaked improvisations. Obvious sources were The Velvet Underground (the Dream Syndicate could be called early VU revivalists) and Television, but echoes of the Quicksilver Messenger Service and Creedence Clearwater Revival could also be discerned. "It was an overnight thing," Wynn recalled of their success. "There was no dues paying. It was very weird, and it screwed us up in some ways." The band was signed to Slash Records, whose subsidiary Ruby Records released its debut and by far best-known album, The Days of Wine and Roses, in 1982. The next year saw the UK (Rough Trade Records) release of the album's anthemic lead track, "Tell Me When It's Over", as the A-side of an EP which also included a live cover of Neil Young's "Mr. Soul". Kendra Smith left the band and joined David Roback, formerly of the band Rain Parade, to form Opal. She was replaced in the Dream Syndicate by David Provost.

Days of Wine and Roses

The Medicine Show, recorded in 1984 in San Francisco with producer Sandy Pearlman (Blue Öyster Cult, The Clash), was the right step forward for the band and a genuine rock classic in its own right. But the commercial failure of the album was the beginning of the end for the band, and contributed to a temporary breakup of the band. They opened tours for R.E.M. and U2 and released This Is Not The New Dream Syndicate Album - Live (1984), the last record to feature Karl Precoda on guitar (who soon after left to pursue a career in screenwriting) and the first appearance of bassist Mark Walton. The band left A&M after the label rejected its demo for "Slide Away" (later released on the semi-official It's Too Late To Stop Now).

The Medicine Show

Disc 1
Disc 2

In 1985, Wynn and Dan Stuart of Green on Red wrote 10 songs together which were recorded with Dennis Duck, among others, and released by A&M as Danny and Dusty : The Lost Weekend.


Anonymous said...

I really love what you guys are doing here - I haven't thought about some of this music in a long time, thanks for stirring up some pleasant memories!
Below are links related to some of the paisley posts, enjoy!

the dream syndicate - the lost tapes

the long ryders - the end of the trail

opal - early recordings 1 and 2

bruce said...

many thanks Ken, I think everyone is enjoying the ride, we're all rediscovering some part of our past. Welcome to the collective. Feel free to throw new ideas and not so new tunes our way. Stay cool

bruce said...

hi ken, tried to download files get to99.99% ans stops...any suggestion?
cheers b

Anonymous said...

sorry bruce, mediafire can be a little finicky sometimes - the downloads seem to be working okay from my end, but here are some sendspace links as an alternate - let me know if these work for you.

Dream Syndicate-the lost tapes

the long ryders - end of the trail

opal - early recordings 1

opal - early recordings 2

bruce said...

all good ken, got up this morning to find all links downloaded, you were right just a few gremlins in the system. I'll post them up tonight...again many thanks..if there's anything your after let us know.. have q good one
cheers b

Rashed said...

Hi, I'm really interested in hearing more Paisley underground, a great scene i'm discovering as of late. I was wondering if you could reupload the Opal or the Long ryders albums [whichever you feel are better]. Also do you have Rain Parade's ''Emergency Third Rail Power Trip/Explosions in the Glass Palace''? I'd be glad to trade any music you are willing to listen to, just ask.

Thanks and cheers,


Anonymous said...

I'm getting really into Paisley movement.
Could you repost these again?
Also looking for 28th Day anthology.
Thanks so very much!

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