For many music fans of the early '80s, particularly the ones who didn't know where to look or even that such a possibility existed, the exciting sound of L.A. Paisley Underground trailblazers The Dream Syndicate might as well have been reverberating within a vault somewhere in an alternate universe. While that's unfortunate, of course, especially when one considers the massive popularity of Toni Basil's "Mickey" that year, it's not surprising that the ragged, punk rock-inspired approach of Steve Wynn and Co. often fell on deaf ears initially.
The bracing "That's What You Always Say" ripples with energy and something close to desperation, and that sets the tune and the band responsible for it far apart from their contemporaries. Although The Dream Syndicate certainly led the way for the Los Angeles-area Paisley Underground movement of this period, a song like this one beautifully demonstrates the group's occupancy of its own special musical territory. If you sometimes find yourself bored by the more familiar styles of '80s music (though that should rarely happen, let's be serious), give a listen to The Dream Syndicate. The ensuing refreshment may just last you for days.
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