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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".