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The Three O’Clock was a rock group associated with Los Angeles’ Paisley Underground scene in the early 1980s. Lead singer and bassist Michael Quercio is credited with coining the term “Paisley Underground” to describe bands such as Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, Green on Red and the Bangles from the area.

The Three O’Clock was originally formed under the name The Salvation Army in 1982, however, the name was given up due to legal problems concerning the actual Salvation Army. Formed after graduating high school Michael Quercio (lead vocals, bass) and Louis (formerly Gregg) Gutierrez (guitar) were the original members, releasing their self-titled debut in 1982. Mike Mariano (keyboards), and Danny Benair (drums) joined for the follow-up EP Baroque Hoedown. The band released a total of three EPs and three full-length albums on independent labels, before being signed by Prince’s Paisley Park Records label. Gutierrez departed in 1986, so Jason Falkner was brought in to replace him for the 1988 album Vermillion, their major-label debut. The band broke up shortly afterwards.

Quercio continues to play in L.A. pop bands, most notably The Jupiter Affect, while Gutierrez became a principal member of Mary’s Danish, and Falkner is a solo recording artist.

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  • tsotsa-tsola

    Holy shit you played on Conan my brain fell out through my ass

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Labelscar

    a reunion at coachella WHATTTTTTT?!

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TheThreeOClock

    The Three O'Clock are on twitter come follow!

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Nyasa_Lake

    One of the best among california new wave scene!

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Mike TV


    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PorridgeGun

    Big influence on the Stone Roses, according to Creation Records' Alan McGee.

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    a magical whirlwind of sounds and colors, a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. Garage-Psych. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • thinandlight

    I saw them at Seventh Street Entry in Minneapolis (First Avenue's sidecar). Rockin' good time.

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • royalpoet

    Their first album and EP are both brilliant. Great jangle pop. How bands like this disappear without ever making an impression I'll never understand. The eternal refrain: "In an ideal world, this stuff would have been all over the radio."

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • TheMcEneaney

    Seeing is Believing! Any other Angelinos here? Michael Qercio regularly shops at Sound Sations in Westchester. I have not seen him there yet, but I am looking forward to it!!!

    7 Aug 2009 Reply
  • aprlsks

    I'll never, ever understand why this band has so few listeners. The first album is POP PERFECTION!

    31 Mar 2009 Reply
  • TippinMyStuff


    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • tracytennant

    Michael Quercio = pop god.

    30 Jun 2008 Reply
  • mdt

    She turns to flowers and she is no more.

    16 Feb 2006 Reply

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