The arguments are endless. What’s inarguable is that the box sounds positively quaint — not just by today’s standards, but by the standards of the day. Whereas Kaye’s inductees inadvertently recorded low-budget classics while trying to transcend their limitations, their followers tried to capture that magic by applying limits and emulating a bygone era. It’s why much of this music sounds implosive vs. explosive, why Plasticland and the Vipers could never match the intensity of The Seeds’ "Pushin’ Too Hard" no matter how many fuzzboxes they use.
Rob O'Connor writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].
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