If you dig the powerful reverb and groovy melodic nonsense of the early mid-sixties psychedelia/garage scenes as much as we do, then chances are you’ve already discovered and digested Jack Holzmann and Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets compilation. This specially curated archive of “Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968” usually finds you at that point when you realize that The Electric Prunes and 13th Floor Elevators had really been killing it long before The Beatles even lost their baby teeth.
If you’ve made it that far, and came to a similar conclusion, then it’s likely you’ve looked for more material to satisfy that jangly craving. Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era was the late-unofficial followup by Rhino Records to Holzmann and Kaye’s Nuggets compilation. This one, however, focuses on the time between 1976-1995; an extremely wide gap in the geo-musical timescape. For that reason Children of Nuggets has long been criticized for inventing and capitalizing on a faux musical era.
What Children of Nuggets did a relatively decent job of, however, is archiving one of America’s most forgotten musical genre/era’s; The Paisley Underground. Compounding the sounds of this mid-eighties psych revival scene’s favorites like The Rain Parade, The Bangles, or The Dream Syndicate. It’s a shame that this pseudo-psychedelic scene was so short-lived; completely disappearing from the worlds musical consciousness only a decade after it’s arrival in Los Angeles. It is a testament to how quickly shared artistic concepts can come and go. The Paisley Underground’s vibe can be summed up in this short nine minute video which awkwardly interviews leading members of The Rain Parade, followed by a rare live take of their heady song No Easy Way Down. It’s a good way to narrowly look into a scene many of us wish we could have witnessed, through a foggy and ambiguously nostalgic lens.
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