Why does Bohemioids From the Leisure Planet sound so lame from an audio standpoint?
Well, the piece was written around
1982 or so, for a band that I co-led with Toby Holmes called The Mope.
We recorded it in my bedroom "studio" on a Teac 1/4 inch reel-to-reel
4-track and mixed it down to cassette (normal bias even!). Since I no
longer have, nor can find anyone else who has, a working 4-track, I can't
go back and transfer the basic tracks (assuming there's any oxide left on the tape) and I'll be damned if I'm going
to record it all again, especially given the integrity of these
youthful, unedited takes.
So, if you happen to live in Southern California, as I do, you can play
this recording and pretend it's raining. If you live where it rains,
you can listen to it when that happens and you won't notice the white
noise. If you have kids, after explaining to them what Viet Nam was you
can then explain to them what cassettes were. And if you were born in
the era of digital audio, you can use this to learn what middle-aged
musicians are talking about when they say "tape hiss".