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True West

Out of the same mold as L.A.'s Paisley Underground bands, True West didn't fit because they were from Davis, CA (operating out of the nearby nexus for guitar bands, San Francisco) and a little darker and less dreamy than the others. They debuted with True West, an EP in 1983 on Bring Out Your Dead Records. It was produced by the band's Russ Tolman and the Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn. Hollywood Holiday, released by France's then-very hip New Rose label that same year, contained the debut EP as well as some new tracks. By 1984, the band signed a deal with U.S. indie label PVC for Drifters. Drummer Josef Becker left to join the similar, though darker California-centric roots band Thin White Rope, and after recording, so too did Tolman. 1986's Hand of Fate for CD Presents features guitar work by the Rain Parade's Matt Piucci and Green on Red's Chuck Prophet in place of Tolman. Shortly after, the band called it quits. West Side Story (Skyclad, 1989) is an odds-and-sods collection, Best Western (Skyclad, 1990) a compilation of of old demos, and TV Western (Skyclad, 1990) adds some live tracks to the demo sessions. Singer Gavin Blair and guitarist Richard McGrath worked as Fool Killers after the breakup, and Tolman is a prolific singer/songwriter. Becker went on to play with Game Theory. The group's bassist was Kevin Staydohar. ~ Denise Sullivan
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Track List: New Rose Story

Disc 1

2. Strange Movie

5. Sex Beat

7. Angel Face

8. In Cold Blood

11. Nazi Punks F**k Off

13. This Party Sucks

14. Wayne Wayne (Go Away)

16. Don't Give It Up Now

19. Follow Her Down

Disc 2

2. The River Of Desire

3. Let's Get Funky

5. Beer Party

7. No Sex

8. You Don't Love Me Yet

9. Me And My Uncle

10. S**t For Brains

11. Valley Of Rain

12. Anything Anything

13. Lively Up !

14. Can Your P**sy Do The Dog?

15. Abilene

16. Zenith

18. Counterfeit

19. Taking The Silence

20. Thriftshoppin

Disc 3

1. Just Let Her Go

2. Tapes

3. Jungle Fever

4. Rules Of The Road

7. Through The Night

8. Melrose Avenue

9. Windham Hill

10. Calling All Beasts

11. I'll Never Sing That Song Again

12. Wall Of Death

13. Keep On Running

14. Tightropewalker

16. Cool On My Skin

17. Treat A Dog

18. Heartbeat

19. It's A Sick Sick World

20. Ready To Burn

21. Relaxation

22. Memorial Windows

23. I Don't Know Why

Disc 4

1. A Crack In Time

2. Baby Jane

3. Shed My Skin

5. The Girl On Death Row

7. Cindy Tells Me

8. You Try

9. Rescue Me (S.O.S.)

10. Too Shy

11. Drunk

13. Blue Stockings

14. Five String Serenade

15. Rock Me

16. But You Were Beautiful

17. Sunset Hotel

18. Wishing

19. Maybe We'll Just Disappear

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