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Rain Parade fashioned traditional, gentle psychedelic pop on Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, including the dreamy "What's She Done to Your Mind" and the Byrds-ish "This Can't Be Today" (with the Dream Syndicate's Kendra Smith). They were clearly way ahead of their time, and it would take years before sleepy music (à la founding Rain Parade member David Roback's Mazzy Star) would catch on. This record sounds no more made in the '80s than in the '60s or '90s.

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Wonderful 80's psychadelia

This is an absolute must have if you like The Byrds / Love and their ilk. It's blissful, chilled, yet completely vital listening. They appeared around the same time as REM, Green On Red and formed a new vanguard of US pop which harked back to more chilled times. This particular download comes with tracks which appeared on their second ep which all add to the wonder of this, their only true album to my knowledge. It's a very well kept secret of an album which should be discovered, enjoyed and passed down to those who like pop in its purest form....fantastic.


Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '10s

Of the bands who emerged from the West Coast Paisley Underground scene of the '80s, the Rain Parade were the group that paid most explicit homage to psychedelic music of the '60s at its most unfashionable; as punk and new wave gave way to what became alternative music, the Rain Parade were the first band to declare, at least musically, that the hippies may have been right about something after all, as their languid tempos, streamlined melodies, modal counterpoints, and impressionistic lyrics evoked...
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