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The first of two "samplers" — as the cover art describes them — covering Chrome's career, Having a Wonderful Time with the Tripods is the definite winner for one simple reason — it's the one covering the Damon Edge/Helios Creed years, rather than the lame Edge-only era. Collecting a reasonable range of Chrome material from the many albums during those years, including such crucial tracks as "You've Been Duplicated," "TV as Eyes," and "Blood on the Moon," Tripods is a reasonable enough single-disc starting point for those totally new to Chrome. Still, there is more of a focus on the accessible attempts at singles than the droning, full-on crazy side, so those wanting to find more of that to start with should look for the Chrome Flashback/Chrome Live collection on Cleopatra.


Formed: 1977 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '10s

One of the original forefathers in the industrial boom of the 1980s, Chrome's amalgam of distorted guitars and vocals, samples from TV, and a raw punk aesthetic (inspired by the Stooges) became much more popular in the early '90s than it ever was while the band was around in the '70s and '80s. Although active for only six years, Chrome left behind a huge discography, including nine full LPs (several of which were released posthumously) and numerous EPs and singles. Chrome were formed in San Francisco...
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