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One thing I didn’t realize before I started researching this post was that it was Michael Quercio who came up with the phrase “The Paisley Underground” to describe the non-hardcore L.A. scene of the early-mid 1980s.
Said scene included not just The Three O’Clock, but also The Bangles, Rain Parade and The Dream Syndicate. At least, and certainly early recordings by Green on Red and the Long Ryders could be tossed into that stew as well, even both bands went towards what we now call Americana pretty swiftly.