Monday, February 08, 2010

Fifty glorious years of guitar abuse

Recorded in 1960, Dutch-Indonesian rock'n'rollers the Tielman Brothers:

Pretty impressive, huh? All sorts of stuff you didn't think was invented for years, nay, decades later. We're particularly drawn to that drum solo-on-guitar bit at 0:40, because whenever you think of bands extracting wild new noises from their instruments you don't tend to see anything more exotic than drumsticks as sliders or Glenn Branca-style tuning calamities, whereas back in the primal days of noisy, fuzztoned R'n'R that sort of thing was happening and a few years later The Monks were soloing three at a time:

And you think rubbing the strings against the mike stand catches the eye and ear in exciting new ways? Ha!

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