Category Archives: From the WOBC Vault

From the Vault will be a reoccurring feature here on the WOBC blog where fearless DJs plunge into the depths of the station vaults to bring you the freshest stuff gone stale! In addition to a massive vinyl collection, we’re also sitting on hundreds and hundreds of 45s, lots of which are super rad and super rare. We’ll be posting cuts from these recordings for your enjoyment, so let us know what you think!

FROM THE VAULT: The Three O’Clock – Sixteen Tambourines

The Three O'Clock - Sixteen Tambourines

From the Vault is a reoccurring feature where fearless DJs plunge into the depths of the station vaults to bring you the freshest stuff gone stale! In addition to a massive vinyl collection, we’re also sitting on hundreds and hundreds of 45s, lots of which are super rad and super rare. Enjoy!
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Here’s a gem from the WOBC vault. A good friend of mine showed me this record at the end of last year and, sure enough, a copy was buried in the pop vault.

The Three O’Clock were a part of the Paisley Underground scene in L.A. during the early 1980s. Young bassist and frontman, Michael Quercio, coined the term “Paisley Underground” as a joke meant to distinguish bands like Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade, and the Bangles (early days) from the hardcore punk scene prevalent at the time.

Sixteen Tambourines was the first full length released by The Three O’Clock under that name. A different lineup led by Michael Querico played earlier under the name The Salvation Army. The band continued to record until the late ’80s releasing their final album in 1988. However, Sixteen Tambourines is by far the most enjoyable of their releases. A great pop album. Michael Querico’s vocal melodies and the occasional horn lines are highlights. -Will Floyd

–Side One–
Jet Fighter
Stupid Einstein
And So We Run
Fall To The Ground
A Day In Erotica

–Side Two–
Tomorrow
In My Own Time
The Three OClock – On My Own
The Three OClock – When Lightning Starts
Seeing Is Believing

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Also, check out this strange roller rink inspired music video for “Her Head’s Revolving,” 
the single off of their 1985 album, Arrive Without Travelling.

FROM THE VAULT: The Nonce – Roadie For The Kinks 45”

From the Vault will be a reoccurring feature here on the WOBC blog where fearless DJs plunge into the depths of the station vaults to bring you the freshest stuff gone stale! In addition to a massive vinyl collection, we’re also sitting on hundreds and hundreds of 45s, lots of which are super rad and super rare. We’ll be posting cuts from these recordings for your enjoyment, so let us know what you think!
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It’s been a while since we posted any cuts from the archives, but want no longer! Here’s a 45” from an old Oakland area band The Nonce (feat. Rookie Phenom). This got pulled on the merits of its title and turned out to be pretty awesome. The A side, “Roadie For The Kinks” is a fun homage to Davies, Davies & Co. (the sleeve also bears the plea: HELP PUT THE KINKS IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME! call 415-648-9405) but the real winner is the B side, “Sometimes I Wonder.”

RIYL: The Kinks, History, Parahistory

More information can be found on the following site: www.energyoverseer.com/Nonce2.html

A1 The Nonce – Roadie For The Kinks
B1 The Nonce – Sometimes I Wonder

FROM THE VAULT: The (Very Nice) Plants – Rock For Horticulture

From the Vault will be a reoccurring feature here on the WOBC blog where fearless DJs plunge into the depths of the station vaults to bring you the freshest stuff gone stale! In addition to a massive vinyl collection, we’re also sitting on hundreds and hundreds of 45s, lots of which are super rad and super rare. We’ll be posting cuts from these recordings for your enjoyment, so let us know what you think!

I’ll include this again at the end, but if you own the rights to any of this music and want it taken down, e-mail wobc (AT) oberlin.edu and we will comply immediately.

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My friend Amiel found this record during filing workgroup last year and thought it looked too funny to pass up. Turns out, it’s pretty damn good, and pretty damn hard to find much information on. From what I can gather, The (Very Nice) Plants were a DC area band playing joints in the early 80s. Go! Records (again, hard to find much information on) released their 4 song 45 “Rock For Horticulture” in 1983 and must have sent it to WOBC where, 26 years later, we found it misfiled.

Rough contemporaries of The Replacements and the Young Fresh Fellows, The (Very Nice) Plants manage to deliver four great little pop gems that sound like glib, “Johnny Be Good” throwbacks. Roller rink organs, Marty McFly guitar solos, plant chants, it’s all here. The 45 is totally solid, but standouts include the dreamy-to-rippin’ “(I Know) It Couldn’t be Right” and “Groovy Girl,” a twangy, guitar-driven rockabilly number.

What happened to The (Very Nice) Plants? Was this music too fun to sustain? Did they rock too hard for horticulture? Were they smothered by riffs, keyboards, hard drugs and the prophetic knowledge of the potential of The lo-fi???

Who knows. No one, maybe? Regardless, enjoy the posted 45 and let us know what you think.

A1. The (Very Nice) Plants – (I Know) It Couldn’t Be Right
A2. The (Very Nice) Plants – Bellman
B1. The (Very Nice) Plants – Groovy Girl
B2. The (Very Nice) Plants – Plant Chant