Sixteen Tambourines

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Sixteen Tambourines
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Studio album by The Three O'Clock
Released 1983
Genre Alternative rock, Paisley Underground
Label Frontier Records
Producer Earle Mankey
The Three O'Clock chronology
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Sixteen Tambourines is the first album by The Three O'Clock, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music).[1]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave Sixteen Tambourines a "C+" and said hearing such "precious falsettos" and "baroquely tuneful" music "might (I said might) have been fun" in the 1960s, "but in 1983 it's likely to make a grown man puke".[2] A blogger for The Guardian later called the album "pretty awful", complaining that The Three O'Clock "always hinted at something incredible, and then ruined it all with an anaemic keyboard line or singer Michael Quericio's weedy vocals. If you were to sum them up in one word, it would be twee."[3] Reviewing the album's paired release with the 1982 EP Baroque Hoedown, AllMusic critic Sean Westergaard gave it four and a half out of five stars and recommended the release "a good way to check out this important band from the paisley underground".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All song written by Gutierrez and Quercio except were noted.

Side A

  1. "Jet Fighter" - 3.22 (Mariano, Gutierrez and Quercio)
  2. "Stupid Einstein" - 2.17
  3. "And So We Run" - 2.40
  4. "Fall To The Ground" - 2.27
  5. "A Day In Erotica" - 4.20

Side B

  1. "Tomorrow" - 3.41
  2. "In My Own Time" - 2.03 (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb)
  3. "On My Own" - 2.48
  4. "When Lightning Starts" - 3.31
  5. "Seeing Is Believing" - 4.27


  • Danny Benair - drums
  • Louis Gutierrez - guitar, vocals, percussion
  • Mike Mariano - keyboards, vocals, percussion
  • Michael Quercio - vocals, bass guitar, percussion
  • Earle Mankey - producer


  1. ^ The Three O'Clock at Discogs
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 27, 1983). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Catch of the day: The Three O'Clock". The Guardian. February 26, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Westergaard, Sean. "Sixteen Tambourines/Baroque Hoedown". AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2016.