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This is the track that led to critics citing Steve Reich (1936-) as an influence for the surface similarity to Reich's early tape loop pieces [example citation], [info on Steve Reich early tape pieces]. However, Stephin Merritt explains in the 69 Love Songs booklet that the technique behind the piece is not identical to Reich's. Another reference point is Alvin Lucier (1931-) [Lucier site, including sample track].
LD Beghtol writes:
Infinite delay madness. We tried singing this live at the 1999 Knitting factory release show, with everyone onstage singing it in a 1-beat delay round… but chaos (the bad kind) ensued. Thenceforth we just played the tape…
- [Lyrics] from stephinsongs web site.
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