Entries tagged with: The Three O'Clock
by Bill Pearis
The Three O'Clock circa 1983
For me, the most suprising name on this year's Coachella line-up was The Three O'Clock. With farfisa-fueled songs like "With a Cantaloupe Girlfriend" and "Spun Gold," they were perhaps the quintessential band from LA's early-'80s "paisley underground" scene that included The Bangles, Rain Parade and The Dream Syndicate. After 1985's terrific Arrive Without Traveling, the band got swept out of mushroom tea-land and into the world of Bad '80s Production, leading to a deal with Prince's Paisley Park where they put out 1988's lackluster Vermillion before breaking up. But those early records are great and hold up quite well.
In addition to the 1983 live concert that Burger Records is putting out for Record Store Day 2013, we can look forward to The Hidden World Revealed, a new compilation of the band's early days on Frontier Records including tracks from when they were known as Salvation Army (the charitable organization forced them to change it). Ten of the 20 tracks are previously unreleased. (CD only, unfortunately, but their old vinyl isn't too hard to come by.) Tracklist is below.
Before Coachella (they play at 2:15 PDT on the Gobi Stage on both Sundays), the band warmed up with a show at the Glass House in Pomona, CA on April 6. They then played Conan on Wednesday night (4/10), doing "With a Cantaloupe Girlfriend." Video from that and the Glass House show are below.
With the new retrospective and live performances, maybe -- just maybe -- someone will coerce The Three O'Clock to head to the East Coast for some shows. Meanwhile, some classic Three O'Clock tracks are below as well.
Violent Femmes, who called it quits in 2009, appeared on the lineup announcement. Unlike Blur or The Stone Roses, this is the first we're hearing about them getting back together, so hopefully we'll get some more shows from them. They last played NYC in 2007. Some classic Violent Femmes videos are below.
It wasn't even two full years ago that Nick Cave said he was done with his Grinderman project for a while, and we know that The Bad Seeds are back this year (and also playing Coachella), but he's got Grinderman on the lineup too. Grinderman plays day 1 and the Bad Seeds play day 3.
One of Ian Svenonius' many bands, The Make-Up, reunited last year and played ATP NYC, and they're also included on this year's Coachella lineup. Meanwhile, you can catch Ian in NYC on his book tour tonight (1/25) at LPR and Monday (1/28) at WORD Bookstore.
New Order (without Peter Hook) made their live return last year, and after releasing their "lost" album, Lost Sirens, this year, they were announced for Coachella as well. The way things have been going, we probably can't count on Hook being there, but like Ian Svenonius, you can catch him in NYC on Monday (1/28) for his book talk.
Fellow new wave icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (aka OMD) returned in 2010 and they're promising a new album out on April 9, just before Coachella begins. They've also talked about a North American tour, which presumably will be announced soon with dates surrounding the festival.
Dead Can Dance have been back for a bit too, having released a new album, Anastasis, and gone on a tour last year, and they'll be at Coachella this year as well. They're also playing Primavera Sound and just launched a video competition.
Two-Tone legends The Selector (they shared a side of the label's first-ever 7") will play as well. The band have reformed a few times over the years, with different members offer rival versions of the band. Singer Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson feature in the line-up coming to Coachella.
And maybe most surprsingly on this list of Coachella reunions is The Three O'Clock who were intregral in the '80s "paisley underground" scene in Los Angeles. Fronted by bassist Michael Querico, the band made 1985's cult classic Arrive Without Traveling, ended up signed to Prince's Paisley Park records where they made one album before breaking up in 1988.
LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are also reuniting for Coachella. More on that and other hip hop at this year's festival coming later.
Violent Femmes videos below...