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Lights of Downtown
by The Long Ryders
"Lights of Downtown," a lament of a haunted ex-con, comes from the 1985 second full-length by Los Angeles-based quartet The Long Ryders, State of Our Union. Part of the Paisley Underground, a clutch of bands inspired by the Byrds' guitar jangle and psychedelia, the Sid Griffin-fronted group was light on the latter but heavy on Southern U.S. folklore. They split in 1987, but have returned several times since then for short reunions and are reportedly working on a new album. Griffin has served since the Ryders' original split in other bands including the Coal Porters and Western Electric and is also an accomplished music writer and author of two books on Bob Dylan. I had a copy of State of Our Union in my teenage years and regretfully sold it long ago. I never see vinyl copies for sale; I was lucky to find a copy of a 1990 CD pressing a few months ago and have just recently started playing it. I remember every song vividly. It's great to hear it again, and I'll be curious to hear any new album that arrives.
1985 - Island
Posted: 14th July 2017
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