“Rebel Rouser” (Duane Eddy)

Appropriate that police sirens were among the other street noises which upset the 2000-gallon echo chamber during recording, forcing 24 takes. Humming pitch manipulation (amp tremolo, Bigsby, and echo) forces open bass strings to throb; likewise, the rebel only needs sound to bounce off of walls to calculate the limits of the social enclosure. Which helps explain The Sharp’s semi-intelligible ‘jungle’ lyrics (giving us the local color[eds]): elimination of outside “noise” stresses the (strained, always porous) perimeter while attempting to perfect the system. Battle plans.


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