Remember A Time When You Were Young
The 'Paisley Underground' scene of the mid-80s threw up quite a few good bands - Green On Red, Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate and The Long Ryders to name four of the best - but twenty years on only one band still features on my all-time greatest albums list.
There is a sheer joy and exuberance on these two albums that just makes me want to smile and shout along whenever I hear songs like 'Tomorrow', 'Stupid Einstein', 'And So We Run' - think Monkees crossed with Byrds on the best and most benevolent trip ever. OK, so 'As Real As Real' is 'Tomorrow Never Knows' near as dammit, but it's a knowing homage.
Simply two of the best power pop albums ever, and if you don't grin like a fool through most of thesetracks you've no heart.
Thy did make 3 more albums after these two but they just didn't cut it for me. Like so many other bands, once they learn how to play properly they become much less inventive, much more serious, much less fun.
Thanks to Anonymous for suggesting this post.
The Three O'Clock - Baroque Hoedown (1982)
01 - With A Cantaloupe Girlfriend
02 - I Go Wild
03 - Marjorie Tells Me
04 - Sorry
05 - As Real As Real
06 - Around The World
The Three O'Clock - Sixteen Tambourines (1983)
01 - Jet Fighter
02 - Stupid Einstein
03 - And So We Run
04 - Fall To The Ground
05 - A Day In Erotica
06 - Tomorrow
07 - In My Own Time
08 - On My Own
09 - When Lightning Starts
10 - Seeing Is Believing