Recorded in 1968 when Yonkers was still a teenager, Microminiature Love provides another link between the dirty swagger of ’60s garage and the angry hallucinations of ’70s punk. The record’s incredibly cruddy production style (it sounds like it was recorded straight to tape in an echoey basement) recalls Stooges outtakes, while its dark, dissonant rhythms and zany flavor presage Pere Ubu. With its cheap guitar pyrotechnics, layers of distortion and weird effects, and Yonkers’s gloomy vocals, Microminiature Love was the kind of album that would have driven Lester Bangs into fits of frothy-mouthed ecstasy. Only Bangs never heard the record, because a deal with Sire to release it fell through and Microminiature Love languished in unreleased obscurity until 2002, when De Stijl Records rescued it with a vinyl-only release. Sub Pop’s new CD version adds six previously unreleased 1969 demos.
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