Bands/Musicians The Best Paisley Underground Bands  

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Paisley underground artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good paisley underground bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top paisley underground bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Paisley underground groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all paisley underground bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest paisley underground bands of all time, since the most famous paisley underground artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best paisley underground music.

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The Three O'Clock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Paisley Underground Bands
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The Three O'Clock


The Three O'Clock is an American alternative rock group associated with the Los Angeles 1980s Paisley Underground scene. Lead singer and bassist Michael Quercio is credited with coining the term "Paisley Underground" to describe a subset of the 1980s L.A. music scene which included bands such as Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Green on Red, and the Bangles. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Paisley Underground

Albums: Arrive Without Travelling, Vermillion, Ever After, Happen Happened, Sixteen Tambourines / Baroque Hoedown, + more

Labels: Paisley Park Records, I.R.S. Records, New Alliance Records, Frontier Records

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Rain Parade


The Rain Parade is a band that was originally active in the Paisley Underground scene in Los Angeles in the 1980s, and that reunited and resumed touring in 2012. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Paisley Underground

Albums: Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip / Explosions in the Glass Palace, Perfume River, Crashing Dream, Explosions in the Glass Palace, + more

Labels: Island Records, Enigma Records, Demon Music Group

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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The Bangles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Paisley Underground Bands
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The Bangles


The Bangles are an American all-female pop rock band that originated in the early 1980s, scoring several hit singles during the decade. The band's hits include "Walk Like an Egyptian", Billboard magazine's number 1 single of 1987, as well as "Manic Monday", "Hazy Shade of Winter", and their 1989 number-one single "Eternal Flame". ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Jangle pop, Girl group, New Wave, Pop music, Rock music, + more

Albums: Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian, Greatest Hits, Everything, All Over the Place, + more

Labels: I.R.S. Records, E1 Music, Columbia

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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#94 on The Greatest American Rock Bands

#57 on The Best Pop Artists of the 1980s

#6 on The Greatest Chick Rock Bands Ever

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The Dream Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Paisley Underground Bands
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The Dream Syndicate


The Dream Syndicate is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1981 to 1989, and reunited since 2012. The band is associated with the Paisley Underground music movement; of the bands in that movement, according to the Los Angeles Times, it "rocked with the highest degree of unbridled passion and conviction". Though never commercially successful it met with considerable acclaim, especially for its songwriting and guitar playing. Bandleader Steve Wynn brought the band back together for a festival in Spain in 2012, and the band began touring the United States and Europe in 2013. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Paisley Underground

Albums: The Day Before Wine and Roses, The Days of Wine and Roses, Out of the Grey, Medicine Show, Ghost Stories, + more

Labels: Slash Records, A&M Records, Chrysalis Records, Rough Trade Records, Ruby Records

Career Began: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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