September 30, 2011

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The Three O'Clock - Just a little ahead of the Psych revival.


Winding down Guilty Pleasures week with a band who got unjustifiably ignored by a lot of the public, mostly because the 80's were all over the place and Retro-Psych wasn't quite in the picture yet. The Three O'Clock were at the forefront of a somewhat obscure movement know as the Paisley Underground. Having initially began life as The Salvation Army in 1981 they went in for a name change and emerged as The Three O'Clock. Fortunes didn't exactly pick up from there, but there was enthusiasm on the parts of a couple of record companies which sustained them as they went in search of an audience who were ready for them.

A very competent band who were just slightly ahead of what would become a major revival, they called it a day just as grumblings from Madchester were being reported from across the pond.

In 1985 they issued probably their most commercial album to date via IRS Records. Arrive Without Traveling got lukewarm response from the press but had promising sales. One of the tracks off that album is up tonight - Simon In The Park has been pigeonholed as a sort of homage to the Eastern influence (i.e. quasi-sitar laced) but it's an energetic track loaded with hooks and riffs.

Sort of makes you wonder who else has been ignored for a lot of years.

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