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Los Angeles, United States (1981 – 1989)

There are two groups known as The Dream Syndicate:

1. The Dream Syndicate was a guitar-driven band from L.A. from 1981 to 1989, originally associated with the music movement.

2. An ensemble dedicated to the realization of La Monte Young’s work, composed of:
John Cale (strings), Tony Conrad (strings), Angus MacLise (percussion), La Monte Young (vocals), Marian Zazeela (vocals)

The rest of this article describes the first group; for the second, see .

While attending the University of California, Davis, Wynn and Smith played together (with future True West members Russ Tolman and Gavin Blair) in The Suspects. Moving back home to Los Angeles, Wynn recorded a single under the name 15 Minutes (as in “of fame”) as his intended farewell to music. He did not follow that course. Rehearsing in a band called Goat Deity, Wynn met Precoda, who had answered an ad for a bass player, and the two joined to form a new group, with Precoda switching to guitar. Smith came to play bass, and brought in drummer Dennis Duck, who had played in the locally successful, Pasadena-based Human Hands.

Duck suggested the name “The Dream Syndicate,” a reference to Tony Conrad’s early 1960s New York experimental ensemble (better known as The Theater of Eternal Music), whose members included John Cale.


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  • MyMediaMusic

    Great band from the 80s. So overlooked because of the success of their peers, namely R.E.M. and The Replacements. But these guys are right up there with those two, and actually, maybe more so since they're a little harder edged than the other two. The Dream Syndicate was actaully Chris Robinson's (from Black Crowes) favorite band in college.

    14 May 7:00pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    I'm just trying to remember the days of wine and roses

    11 May 9:40am Reply
  • palatin8

    the dream syndicate | medicine show | the 30th anniversary tour!

    18 Feb 8:38am Reply
  • palatin8

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    18 Feb 8:31am Reply
  • electricchurch

    live this June in Greece..... YEAH

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • SapientSutler

    My Old Haunts and Drinking Problem are my faves.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Flashstep

    Good lord, the "Complete Live at Raji's" document blows away nearly everything else they've done. I swear, the fretwork nearly made my speakers burst into flame. BOSTON <3

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • IanCurtis13

    it's underrated as fuck, it sounds nothing like Jeffrey Pierce

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Although Steve Wynn voice in "The Days Of Wine & Roses" seems too much to Jeffrey Lee Pierce by The Gun Club, expecially in the title track... Anyway the album is great, just a bit overrated by some critics.

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Amanes2

    In a Piero Scaruffi's(famous musical critic) top albums of 80s: 13. The Dream Syndicate: The Days Of Wine And Roses (1982)

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • CalloohCallay

    @rtom87 I was just thinking the same thing. I the start of "Tell Me When It's Over" reminds me of "Don't You (Forget About Me)".

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • piribolygo

    tell me when it's over

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Amanes2

    Хорошая группа, одобряю.

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • rtom87

    I don't know why, but this music always reminds me of some John Hughes film.

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • beccaofawesome

    These guys are pretty awesome.

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • andyisdead

    yea, this band does represent my dreams

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • jim2873

    @Peggy_Flew John Cale was in a project called Theatre of Eternal Music in the 60s, which was sometimes also called The Dream Syndicate. They did name this band after that 60s project so that's a connection but John Cale was never involved with this band.

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Peggy_Flew

    Was John Cale engaged in the project or am I misslead...

    5 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Stretchead

    The Days of Wine and Roses is a classic LP. Never really liked anything else by them though

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • mesmeriseme

    I love the additional tracks on the Days of Wine and Roses reissue! They have a slightly more lo-fi feel to them, which I think fits them really well.

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
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