Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rainy Day "Rainy Day" (1984)

Back when I was in college in the 80s, it was dicey to buy contemporary releases.  There was no easy source of reviews on most things, distribution was odd, so even if you heard of something you wanted you may not have been able to find it.  Very often "new" purchases would be a crapshoot based on album cover information or something similar.  Since we all had very limited funds for purchasing music, we often ended up buying old $1 vinyl.  It was usually from the 60s or early 70s. 

One of the revelations of discovering the "Paisley Underground" bands was the sense that they had that same sort of record collections.  That mixed in with their Clash, Ramones, et al, were the Byrds, Neil Young, and other 60s bands that did not receive much love in the 80s.

The forgotten psychedelic records from the past were just as oppositional to Reagan era society as the Clash or the Sex Pistols. 

When I listen to this record I'm a bit surprised at how good it still sounds.  Sure, some of the vocals are a bit dodgy, but there's none of the annoying 80s sounds that you might expect.  It's a real tragedy that this is a forgotten record.

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