rainy day – rainy day (full album, 1984)

The Paisley Underground scene of L.A. bands of the 1980s — of which David Roback’s bands Rain Parade, Clay Allison, Opal, and Mazzy Star were a part — was in part inspired by 1960s rock/psychedelia. This Rainy Day album was David’s project. It contains covers of nine of his favourite songs from the 1960s, and one from the 1970s (“Holocaust”). He enlisted musicians and singers from a variety of Paisley Underground bands to collaborate on the album.

Tracklisting
A1 – “I’ll Keep It With Mine” (Bob Dylan)
Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals – David Roback; Violin – Will Glenn; Bass – Michael Quercio; Lead Vocals – Susanna Hoffs
A2 – “John Riley” (B. Gibson, R. Neff. A folk song covered by The Byrds in 1966)
Drums – Dennis Duck; Guitar [Acoustic 12-string] – Matthew Piucci; Guitar [Electric 12-string], Vocals – David Roback; Violin, Vocals – Will Glenn; Lead Vocals, Bass – Michael Quercio
A3 – “Flying On The Ground Is Wrong” (Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield)
Guitar – David Roback; Lead and Background Vocals – Kendra Smith; Background Vocals – Susanna Hoffs
A4 – “Sloop John B.” (Traditional. The Beach Boys had a 1966 hit with their arrangement)
Drums – Dennis Duck; Guitar, Congas – David Roback; Keyboards – Ethan James; Lead Vocals, Bass, Percussion – Michael Quercio
A5 – Soon Be Home (Pete Townshend/The Who)
Bass, Drums – Michael Quercio; Tambourine – “Spock”; Background Vocals – Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson; Lead Vocals, Guitar – David Roback
B1 – “Holocaust” (Alex Chilton/Big Star)
Cello, Violin – Will Glenn; Guitar – David Roback; Piano – Steven Roback; Piano [Backwards] – Ethan James; Vocals – Kendra Smith
B2 – “On The Way Home” (Neil Young/Buffalo Springfield)
Vocals, Guitar – David Roback
B3 – “I’ll Be Your Mirror” (Lou Reed/Velvet Underground)
Guitar, Bass, Tambourine – David Roback; Lead and Background Vocals – Kendra Smith; Lead Vocals, Guitar – Susanna Hoffs
B4 – “Rainy Day, Dream Away” (Jimi Hendrix)
Bass, Keyboards – Ethan James; Drums – Dennis Duck; Guitar – Karl Precoda; Congas – David Roback; Lead Vocals – Michael Quercio Continue reading

belinda carlisle – la luna

Lunar eclipse with a blood moon tonight…

I remember this song and video came out at the end of my Standard 4 year – the first year I had ever been to a proper teenage “disco” (how scary and thrilling). I remember thinking her thrashing around for the whole song in that bunched-up sheet was silly… And that she was in love with that poncy Amadeus guy was silly too. Lunatics. And yet the chorus would be going round and round in my head for months, entwined with an interminable summer holiday yearning for I-didn’t-quite-know-what. This and the Bangles’ Eternal Flame.