Over time, formed in Davis, United States in 1984, the band retained on singer-songwriter and guitarist Guy Kyser and guitarist Roger Kunkel, with a changing lineup of drummers and bass guitarists. It was noted for its twin guitar attack (compare Television), innovative use of feedback structures and oblique lyrics. The Rough Guide to Rock called Thin White Rope "one of the few worthwhile traditional American guitar rock bands of their era. While most of the essential groups of the time were pushing back the limits of the form, Thin White Rope had the distinction of managing to breathe new life into the genre."
The band contributed a cover of Roky Erickson's Burn the Flames to the 1990 Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye tribute album.
Thin White Rope disbanded in 1992. The double live LP The One That Got Away chronicles its epic last show in Ghent, Belgium, on 28th June of that year.
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