The Rain Parade – Live at The Dock – Jackson, Mississippi – July 1984 – Band soundboard –
The Rain Parade, one of the quintessential elements of the Paisley Underground movement of the early-mid 1980’s, recorded live at The Dock in Jackson, Mississippi in July 1984. This was the four-piece incarnation of the band, consisting of Matt Piucci on guitar and vocals, Steven Roback on bass and vocals, Will Glenn on keyboards and Eddie Kalwa on drums.
Listening back to this gig and, aware of the sparse audience at the time, I realized that the Paisley Underground really WAS ostensibly an underground movement. The reason probably had a lot to do with the popular rise of New Wave and Techno and the dawn of MTV, big hair and padded shoulders.
But there was a small and very loyal audience and the offshoots made their way into the later 80s and early 90s. Further proof that movements relegated to the underground or outside the mainstream wind up getting found out sooner or later – but sometimes the wait seems endless. Rain Parade had three incarnations; one in the early 80s, disbanding in 1986. Another revival in 1988 and a reunion in 2012 and still going.
There are times when you are of two minds about the success of a band. On the one hand, you want to keep them as a personal discovery, out of fear they will be grabbed up by a major label and reduced to sonic mush by the time they eventually get dropped. On the other hand, you want them to be immortal and household names and loved by the entire world. Sadly, life doesn’t work both ways but that’s the way life is.
Being reminded of the musical atmosphere of 1984, The Rain Parade were an extraordinary anomaly at the time and were responsible for springboarding much hope that music could survive and flourish no matter what. My only regret is not having the chance to catch them live at the time, being too busy cranking out music videos for the bottomless pit of MTV to have any other life that particular decade.
At least there are recordings of shows we missed. We have that.