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Originally a quasi-psychedelic American rock band with the sound of the southwestern desert thrown in. GOR came out of Tucson, Arizona and quickly relocated to L.A. where they became (somewhat dubiously) a part of the Paisley Underground scene.

Their music was alt-country long before such a thing existed, and it bore more in common with Neil Young or Cali-country rock than any of their contempories. Dan Stuart was like an Arizona version of Frank Black with a touch of Merle Haggard and the Eagles. The earlier records sound like lo-fi country-rock, with themes of low-life Americana and hard times among the underclass. They wrote amazing lyrics with Stuart (and also keyboardist Chris Cacavas) narrating it all. As the years went on the music becomes more and more polished with a subtler blend of blues, rock, and a little country. They worked with some heavy production teams.

“The band issued a self-released red vinyl EP, sometimes called Two Bibles, though its first widely available record was an EP issued in 1982 by Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn on his own Down There label. Original drummer Van Christian left shortly before this (he later was in Naked Prey). They picked up Alex MacNicol from Lydia Lunch to fill out the ranks. Green on Red followed the Dream Syndicate onto Slash Records, which released the album Gravity Talks in the fall of 1983. Another label change happened shortly after this.

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  • adventureba

    great...

    31 Jan 8:23am Reply
  • RetralJ

    It's unusual the soft ones are my favourites but I love Little Things in Life

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Manoloxines

    Now this takes me back!

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • markthom2

    The singer of this band sings like Tom Verlaine would, if he were a singer.

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • PThomasAnderson

    Anda que.. le ponéis siglas a todo, joíos!

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • strajnic

    Time ain't nothing...when you're young at heart!

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • scalamalx

    free lunch, no?

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    back in the '80s, i loved Green on Red's live shows. i saw them fairly regularly when they would come to San Francisco . first at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens and then at the Monday night shows at the I-Beam. Green on Red and Thin White Rope, who i never saw live back then, helped prepare the ground for the whole alternative country and its psychedelic western sub-genre. Thanks guys!

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • sola_tido

    Shame there are no full tracks listenable here on Last FM as this is one of the greatest least widely known bands of the last 25 years. If you like current bands like Wilco you can trace the development of what is now known as "alt country" back directly through this band (and on of course back to others).

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • cosmoalv

    Gee Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away, long time since the 80`s

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • luc14

    GOR is one of the bands of my life. And i still enjoying them!!

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • lightandmagic

    heard this on a mix tape of my mom's from the 80s -- cool! :)

    20 Jul 2008 Reply
  • strajnic

    THE MOST UNDERRATED GROUP OF ALL TIME! LET'S CORRECT THAT.

    14 Apr 2008 Reply
  • tim_flatus

    Interesting band desc. The Paisley Underground generally wasn't that satisfying as psychedelia anyway. Presenting GOR as proto-alt:country has made me like them more. What should I listen to next? ;-)

    9 Mar 2008 Reply
  • alongwaltz

    lol at GOR

    20 Jan 2008 Reply
  • WilliamNl

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    25 Oct 2007 Reply
  • HendrixFan42

    hell yeah!

    7 Oct 2007 Reply
  • roamin

    Listen up! This is one great band!

    1 Jun 2007 Reply
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