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Like a framed snapshot in a pop-music timeline, this album cover and its impossibly pure, aquamarine splash of color signifies for many a benchmark in the evolution of indie-rock. Emerging from California sun-drenched punk, but colored by the darker hues of New York’s own musical tableaux (Velvet Underground, Television), The Dream Syndicate’s sound was a wash of droney guitar feedback, melodies carved with a chugging, muscular rhythm section and razor-edged rhythm guitar. Dubbed “the Paisley Underground,” L.A.’s burgeoning scene of psychedelic-influenced post-punk was seeded with a good number of solid bands, but the Dream Syndicate’s first album became a standard-bearer of the genre. Bookended by the languorous yet robust “Tell Me When It’s Over” and the explosive title track, where the guitars coil and spring like a hungry beast, several equally powerful tracks — like the howling “Then She Remembers,” the rollicking “Definitely Clean,” and the album’s stealthy centerpiece, “Halloween” — comprise one of the finest moments in the metamorphosis of punk into something more accessible, without compromise or dilution. Sheer beauty.

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The Days Of Wine & Roses

One of the BEST albums I have ever heard. Then She Remembers, Halloween, and The Days Of Wine & Roses are 3 of the best songs written. Not only that, but The Dream Syndicate was a great live band. I saw then open for both U2 and REM and they blew both those bands away!

Still great listening

I've just recently revisited this album after many years. It hasn't lost its intensity and passion at all. I've always loved Wynn's great voice and the songs are wonderful. Check out Halloween, Tell Me When It's Over and TDOwine and roses.

One of my Favorites

Then She Remembers is one of the most psychedelic songs ever...The first "show" I ever saw. I saw them at Raji's in 83, Steve sweated on me as we were squeezed against the monitors. Brilliant... Listen to it loud.


Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Dream Syndicate are at the foundation (alongside the Velvet Underground, the Stooges, and R.E.M.) of contemporary alternative music simply because at the time when most bands were experimenting with new technology, the Syndicate deigned to bring back the guitar. Fronted by Steve Wynn (b. Feb. 21, 1960) and including Karl Precoda (guitar), Dennis Duck (drums), and Kendra Smith (bass), the band formed in Los Angeles after Smith and Wynn had relocated there from Davis, CA. They debuted with a self-titled,...
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