Monday, February 4, 2013

Reg Presley

Reg Presley died today. He was an original, and an oddity, and wholly his own. Here's a late Troggs track, a b-side from 1972, and my favorite. The absurdity of the mock-serious tone, the ear-slitting, in-the-red fuzz, and the Paleolithic, bedrock rhythm track is vintage Troggs stomp. Such sonic commitment to minimalism and its many promises always moved me. Everyone else pretends. PLAY LOUD.

Here's an earlier pounder, "I Want You," another b-side, from 1966. So simple as to be virtually not there, yet it's bedrock. And dig the solo.


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