Some music scenes pass into legend – Memphis in 1955/56, San Francisco and London in 1966/67, New York in 1976/77. Many more, though, fade from memory – like the Paisley Underground. Back in the early 80s, Los Angeles saw a sudden spurt of young bands all influenced by the psychedelia of the late 60s, and all taking different elements of it. The result was bands that all sounded different, but all of a piece – from the intense, droning, tough Velvetsy rock of the Dream Syndicate, to the sunshiney Beatles pop of the Bangles, to the Byrds-indebted Long Ryders.
Three decades on, the Rain Parade and the Three O'Clock have reformed, and next week the Dream Syndicate come to London for the first time in 25 years to perform their still-wonderful debut album, The Days of Wine and Roses, in its entirety at Dingwalls – just days after a young group audibly in thrall to the Paisley Underground, Allah-Las, play the same venue. And so we bring you this reminder of something you may have forgotten about – if you knew about it in the first place – in the form of an oral history of the Paisley Underground, as told by its participants.