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Silver Apples

Silver Apples


When the Silver Apples were formed in the mid60's Simeon Coxe and Danny Taylor had no way of knowing that they were forging the prototype of experimental electronic music Connecting over a dozen oscillators Coxe created a homemade synthesizer which produced a world of futuristic bleeps sweeps distortions and repetitious basslines With the addition of Taylor's drums they sounded like The Velvet Underground fronted by Nikola Tesla In 1968 they released their eponymous album Where their sound wasn't met simply with perplexity it was met with perplexity and successthe single 'Oscillations' even cracked Philadelphia's top ten The success of that allowed the band to use a 24 track studio to record their second album 'Contact' That consists of the same mix of bassline grooves synthesized tweaking and quirky lyrics but is better produced Unfortunately the backcover photo of Danny and Simeon in a PanAm jet cockpit surrounded by marijuana paraphernalia prompted a lawsuit from the airline To make matters worse the band's manager confiscated their equipment in a financial dispute They disbanded in 1970 leaving a legacy of two of the most innovative and influential albums ever created Indeed it's difficult to imagine today's electronica without them

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