Formed in LA, California, USA in 1983, Clay Allison revolved around David Roback (guitar/vocals) and Kendra Smith (bass/vocals; ex-Dream Syndicate). The set first worked jointly on Rainy Time (1983), an record of cover variations recorded by different members from the 60s retrospective ‘paisley underground’ motion like the Bangles and Three O’Time clock. Roback, Smith and violinist Will Glenn performed live jointly as an random support work to Roback’s very own group, the Rainfall Parade, however when he was terminated through the line-up in 1984, Clay Allison became a fully-fledged work in its correct. Roback and Smith had been joined up with by two ex-members of attempting aspirants, the Romans; Juan Gomez (electric guitar) and Keith Mitchell (drums). They documented an charming folk-styled one, ‘Fell THROUGH THE Sunlight’, before Gomez opted to keep. The rest of the trio then got a fresh name, Opal.