Rain Parade: C/D

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always annoyed me how Byrdsy it all sounded, but then today i was listening to how great that first album is starting with "Prisoners".

still a little up in the air, but I think i'm tipping over to the classic side for the proto-mazzy star work.

AaronK (AaronK), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 17:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"You Are My Friend" is an uber-classic track. I was never really won over by the other things I've heard.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

A little goes a long way, but I think they were onto something, at least with numbers such as "Talking In My Sleep" and "This Can't Be Today." What probably hurt them was the slightly out-of-the-right-time and a low budget production.

Dee Xtrovert (dee dee), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They came up obliquely in conversation last night between Elvis T and I. Need to dig out the old disc I have again.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Talking in My Sleep." That's a nice one. I like some of the stuff on the EP that came out after the first album, too. That's a pretty good record.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I like the whole of that Explosions in the Glass Palace EP. Their cover art was really good.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Love this band, unreservedly and I say that with trepidation because there is a lot of Paisley Underground hate on ILM.

In my teenage pursuit of all things REM (ish) I came across Rain Parade and they quickly became a favourite of mine, I then checked out most other Paisley bands but they remained my best loved.


despite having one of the worst covers ever, is a much overlooked live album featuring some great songs that never made it onto their albums proper and better versions that did make it onto their last Island album Crashing Dream (which is a bit weak so leave that till last, seek out the demos CD 'Demolition' instead) BTS can only be found as second hand vinyl, it has never been re-released.

Oh, and Prisoners is on the second album Explosions In The Glass Palace not the first, and there is a lovely live version on Beyond The Sunset.

mzui (mzui), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There's actually two versions of that live album, I gather -- Beyond the Sunset and Behind the Sunset.

(Oh yeah hi Mzui more Curiosity news plz kaythxbye.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 18:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Depending on You" off Crashing Dream = one of the most beautiful songs ever.

original plagiarist, Wednesday, 21 September 2005 19:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I do think these guys' music tended to be a little on the lethargic side.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 21:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Paisley Underground hate??? I've never noticed it here (didn't think enough people were aware of it to have a backlash!).

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 21:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love this band - especially Emergency Third Rail Power Trip.

mrjosh (mrjosh), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 22:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

first album and 'explosions' ep = hell of classic. "i look around" = oen of my favourite lead guitar parts ever

jimmy glass (electricsound), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 23:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Totally love everything up to Crashing Dream. Not sure what happened when they sign with Island. I though the production ruined that album. I have never seen a copy of Demolition, but I did get the 2nd live CD called Perfume River. The version of Sad Eyes Kill on Perfume River blows the Crashing Dream one away. Is there any difference between Beyond the Sunset and Behind the Sunset besides the cover? I think Behind the Sunset was a Japanese only release and the cover has a picture of the back of the sun.

brg30 (brg30), Thursday, 22 September 2005 00:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Do you guys think Rain Parade kick butt over a group like Mercury Rev? I don't know how relevant the comparison is; I don't know the Mercury Rev albums, but I saw them live once.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Thursday, 22 September 2005 01:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

odd comparison. i prefer the first RP album to any mercury rev, and i think david roback is more talented than anyone in mercury rev. Opal grinds MR's entire body of work into dust.

jimmy glass (electricsound), Thursday, 22 September 2005 02:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Opal grinds MR's entire body of work into dust.

Come on, get a grip, man. I love both Opal and (early) Mercury Rev, but I have to say that Yerself Is Steam and Boces are at least as great as Opal's Happy Nightmare Baby, if not superior. They're certainly more diverse.

Dave Segal (Da ve Segal), Thursday, 22 September 2005 02:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i guess i was thinking more of early recordings. i have great love for mercury rev's first four albums but i think the songs on early recordings are far superior. anyway the comparison probably doesn't really work.

jimmy glass (electricsound), Thursday, 22 September 2005 02:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Question for Rain Parade fans. "You Are My Friend" seems to me to be their catchiest single. The EP it appears on does not list *David* Roback, but I'm wondering how much he had to do with that record?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 22 September 2005 02:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

he'd left the band by that stage, but he may have had some hand in the songwriting (?)

jimmy glass (electricsound), Thursday, 22 September 2005 03:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

actually this page http://www.sa-wa-ro.com/RainParade-Pages/rp-eitgp.htm would indicate he wasn't involved at all

jimmy glass (electricsound), Thursday, 22 September 2005 03:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 22 September 2005 03:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Okay Spencer, hate is too strong a description, but a lot of meh-ing involved certainly.

mzui (mzui), Thursday, 22 September 2005 07:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

weird. I must have some newer, non-original release version of the album. it's got 15 tracks - this one:


and the last few songs are quite wonderful.

AaronK (AaronK), Thursday, 22 September 2005 11:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That's because from track 11 onward it is the EP/Mini Album 'Explosions In The Glass Palace'.

It's also worth mentioning that Look Both Ways was tacked onto Emergency and is an earlier demo.

mzui (mzui), Thursday, 22 September 2005 13:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh! let me say that that is a great great EP. wow.

AaronK (AaronK), Thursday, 22 September 2005 14:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

besy bubblegum psych rock band ever. along with outrageous cherry.

Zeno, Sunday, 17 June 2007 18:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

best that is.
the guitars are excellent as well

Zeno, Sunday, 17 June 2007 18:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I just got Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, and I honestly couldn't tell what era this was from.

Jesus Christ, Attorney at Law (res), Saturday, 6 June 2009 00:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

"My Secret Country" is a number 1 jam, amongst others.

Shut That Maldoror (Noodle Vague), Friday, 5 March 2010 10:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I was listening to Crashing Dream on the way home from work the other day, haven't bought the reissue yet that just came out, don't suppose there are any extra tracks.

Love that eerie slide guitar on Gone West.

You Weaked It! (MaresNest), Friday, 5 March 2010 10:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Inevitable I suppose: http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2012/09/26/rain-parade-reunion-benefit-bobby-sutliff-windbreakers/

Celebrated Paisley Underground act Rain Parade will reunite onstage in Atlanta early next year for the first time in more than two decades to play a benefit concert for Bobby Sutliff, singer/guitarist/songwriter for ’80s contemporaries The Windbreakers, who was seriously injured in a car accident over the summer.

The concert will take place Jan. 19 at The Earl — and it appears it won’t be the only reunion show for the Rain Parade. On his Facebook page, singer-guitarist Matt Piucci recently posted that, “Rain Parade needs a great drummer. … Not a ton of gigs planned, but cool ones.” He also suggested European concerts are in the works: “Fully intend to cross the pond in 2013.”

As for benefit show, promoter Chris Chandler says he asked Piucci why he’s reforming the Rain Parade now after years of resisting pleas for a reunion. Piucci’s response: “Our friend as badly hurt. We were asked to help. Here we come.”

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 20:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Holy crap, I'm so happy! One of my favourite bands since I was in school, never even considered they'd ever get back together.

Pat Ast vs Jean Arp (MaresNest), Wednesday, 26 September 2012 21:17 (five years ago) Permalink

huh, wonder if david roback is involved?

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh man, I hope Roback's involved!

chromecassettes, Wednesday, 26 September 2012 22:42 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

The only Roback on board was Steven. Of the original crew, only Piucci, Steven Roback and John Thoman are there.


Elvis Telecom, Friday, 25 January 2013 06:29 (five years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 January 2013 06:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Always liked this song a lot - dead ringer for something Richard Wright would sing on Obscured By Clouds


Elvis Telecom, Friday, 25 January 2013 06:38 (five years ago) Permalink

How I wish I could see this.

MaresNest, Friday, 25 January 2013 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"1 hour 1/2 ago" is such a stunner.

charlie h, Saturday, 30 March 2013 07:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Talkin' in my sleep is my fave

OutdoorFish, Saturday, 30 March 2013 14:11 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

From D1m3ad0z3n today,

Rain parade
berkeley (CA) usa

unknown generation cassette [FUJI FR II c-60]from the R.S. collection

cass played back on nakamichi cr7e (azimuth aligned) dolby off-->edirol 04-->HD- level corrections in audacity--tracked in cdwave--flac(8)
the c-60 cassette split was an overlap so you won't notice
(hanwaker transfer 2013-07)

note : i have no idea if this was the complete set and other bands shared the bill...
it is noted on db etree but i think it has never seen the dime-light...the bot did not show it


01 You Are My Friend
02 1 Hour 1/2 Ago
03 Saturday's Asylum
04 Don't Feel Bad
05 Prisoners
06 Blue
07 Broken Horse
08 No Easy Way Down
09 This Can't Be Today
10 Night Shade

MaresNest, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 19:39 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

D!me again

Torino, Big Club, Nov 13, 1985
Soundboard recording from the master reel.

TIMING: 62:54

LINEAGE: Mixing desk > Reel recorder > K7 > CD > FLAC > YOU

A picture disc was bootlegged from this very recording (actually a copy of my tape), but the mastering work was awful and the sound quality is a lot worse than the original - also, it has 11 tracks, here we have 17. This is the whole thing, from the venue's manager introduction straight to the encores.
I have vined a copy of this cd many years ago, in my PaisleyWeeds Yahoogroup, so some of you might have got it already. Just check the timing and number of songs.

01. Intro/No easy way down
02. It can't be today
03. Ain't that nothing
04. Invisible people
05. Don't feel bad
06. You are my friend
07. Broken horse
08. Mystic Green
09. Depending on you
10. My secret country
11. Blue
12. Night shade
13. Both eyes closed
14. Cheap wine
15. Band intro
16. Only business
17. 1+1/2 hrs. ago

MaresNest, Monday, 27 January 2014 18:15 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Just spotted this, nothing new but a remaster might shine them up a lil.


MaresNest, Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

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