The Dream Syndicate
Released the same year as Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, the Dream Syndicate's debut The Days of Wine & Roses was revolutionary -- it served notice to the checker-bored and synth-reliant, and helped to usher in a chapter of alternative rock by way of guitar psyche riding a cresting wave of injured feedback. They were tagged leaders of a Los Angeles-based Neo-Psychedelic movement dubbed the "Paisley Underground," alongside renowned acts such as Rain Parade and the Three O' Clock. Refreshingly, there were no tie-dyes and Guatemalan print in their jamming, sonically expressive aesthetic. The Dream Syndicate were a blissfully dissonant Indie Rock outfit finding their glory in guitar-driven pop.