Tonight at the Fillmore, four bands representing a corner of early 1980s California power-pop known as the Paisley Underground will ply their wares for a willing audience. Among them are the Bangles, the Paisley Underground's most famous alumni, who allegedly made such an impression on Prince that he allegedly named Paisley Park Studios (after the song "Paisley Park) for their sonic clique, and wrote "Manic Monday" for the band. In addition to the Bangles, tonight's Fillmore billing includes fellow friends the Three O'Clock, the Dream Syndicate, and the Rain Parade. Though the Paisley Underground had outposts in Sacramento and Davis, these bands all came out of 1980s L.A., from what might be one of the first periods of musical nostalgia for the '60s: Their sound is bright and jangly, but with undertones of punk, treading a similar line between folk and pop-rock as the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and a great deal of West Coast rock from the decade.
The Bangles, '80s badasses and Paisley Underground flag-bearers, starin' at you like what. They play the Fillmore tonight.
Here's a quick primer on the Paisley Underground, chosen mostly from bands who are playing the Fillmore tonight -- what we'll right now call the five best Paisley Underground songs, though you should feel free to argue with us in the comments.