What is, if it can be said there is one, the “Low” sound that’s so influential. Is it a texture or a feeling that’s particular, or the way they process the noise on their new fangled synths. And who, in your opinion, has used it well since? (Nine Inch Nails?). Clearly anyone
can master a synth now....
Do you suppose Bowie and Eno simply got bored with rock; even punk rock, which was already taking root in ‘76.
doomy synths and almost gypsy wailing vocals.
Is it an accurate theory that the American garage kids who tried to play Stones and Beatles songs and came up with crude but exhilarating Nuggets tracks instead invented punk rock, then the British kids who tried to be Bowie invented New Wave? Or am I just reaching?
Why was ’77 such a watershed year for the weird getting attention. Even things like Devo’s first record or Eraserhead, and its soundtrack seemed to find favor. As you mention in the book, it’s often over shadowed by Nevermind The Bollocks, The Clash, etc. but it’s also
really year 1 for artboy rock too.