June 30, 2011 - It Rock And Roll

Day: June 30, 2011

The Long Ryders’ 1984 full-length debut is one of the defining albums of the mid-’80s roots-rock scene, a loose amalgamation of bands reacting against the MTV-ready crop of synth-pop superstars by playing guitar-heavy country-influenced rock and roll. Heavily influenced by Gram Parsons and the Buffalo Springfield, singer/songwriter Sid Griffin and crew mix the ’60s revivalism of the then-current Paisley Underground scene with a fondness for mandolins and other bluegrass instruments which would be further explored by the alt-country groups of the ’90s. Unfortunately, the Long Ryders, who had made much of their “authenticity” in early interviews, blew their street cred in 1985 by starring in a beer commercial, to widespread derision.

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