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Los Angeles, United States (1983 – 1989)

Opal was a band from Los Angeles. The band was part of the Paisley Underground music style, incorporating rich vocal style and guitar interplay in a style. Opal formed in 1983 under the name Clay Allison featuring David Roback (previously of Rain Parade), bassist Kendra Smith (from Dream Syndicate), and drummer Keith Mitchell. After one single, however, they released the remaining Clay Allison tracks under the band’s new name, Opal.

In 1984, Fell From the Sun EP was released and then followed in ‘85 by another EP, Northern Line. In 1987, the band released their first and last full-length album, Happy Nightmare Baby, on SST. Smith left the group on the Happy Nightmare tour and effectively put an end to the band. David Roback continued with vocalist Hope Sandoval, and in 1989 this band became Mazzy Star. A singles and rarities anthology, Early Recordings, was released that year on Rough Trade.


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  • tjd9

    I once read somewhere that Kendra Smith and Hope Sandoval has recorded some tracks together before Kendra has left Opal. I'd give both my kidneys and left leg to hear those songs.

    15 Feb 3:21am Reply
  • shitscud

    This band dopes you up and lets you think the scars aren't real.

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    OPAL "Happy nightmare baby" 1987 - (Gem of infinite value between blues, Doors, Velvet, psychedelia. Excellence pure) - -.-.-.-. om hari om ..... ॐ

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • cometg

    Hey can anyone give me download links for their stuff? Really wanna try listening to them. :P

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DosTsiembo

    I would really like to know what happened in that Hammersmith gig and why Kendra got so frustrated.Unfortunately I don't like Mazzy Star at all, I wish Opal had released two or more albums..

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • patd12591

    Oh kendra you can be the best nighmare i ever had . what an album or should i say what an opal

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Nice to see Opal here.....

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • green_warden

    Still listening, still loving.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • electricchurch

    really great

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Pinkglove23

    Oh David Roback that guitar work is brilliant!

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • hudgie

    So lucky to have seen them live in Richmond '88. To this day Happy Nightmare Baby brings a smle

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Giuseppe1987

    Happy nightmare, baby!

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    Only but pure Love for Happy Nightmare Baby

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • angelxm

    awesome music !!!

    23 Jun 2011 Reply
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  • clacat85

    hey, check this Opal tribute page:

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • xhatesongx

    well, this is waaay trippier than i expected.

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • electricchurch

    @keatsPode thanx m8

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Avoil

    dreamy vocal & music

    27 May 2010 Reply
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