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The two-disc One That Got Away presents a 1992 concert by Thin White Rope, performed in Gent, Belgium (the band enjoyed European success more than American, a result of their dark and occasionally campy sound). Most interestingly, the recording's surprisingly high quality reveals that much of the slickness of the band's album work is due not so much to production, but to the band's presentation itself — as their rhythm section churns through tight rock workouts, guitars lay smooth, atmospheric textures above them in a live format that occasionally recalls Joy Division. In addition to Thin White Rope's material, the set also includes a number of covers (presaging the all-cover Squatter's Rights). Most stunning is a rendition of Can's "Yoo Doo Right," but the discs also include Bob Dylan's "Outlaw Blues," and songs like "Some Velvet Morning," and "Silver Machine."


Formed: 1984 in Davis, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Copping their name from William S. Burroughs' euphemism for ejaculation, Thin White Rope was founded in Davis, California in 1984. Although the time and place of their formation aligned them with both the Paisley Underground and roots rock movements, the group quickly staked out its own musical territory, divining their own unique brand of dark, surreal, desert rock. Thin White Rope was led by singer/guitarist Guy Kyser, whose harsh, tightly coiled vocals and unsettling lyrics combined to give the...
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