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“Many years ago, I was over at Matthew Sweet’s house. We were hanging out and playing music, and as I was leaving I noticed there was an album sitting there called the Wildest Guitar. Needless to say, I was intrigued.
“I already knew who Mickey Baker was because, when I was a kid, my cousin had the single Love Is Strange by Mickey & Sylvia. I’ve loved that record all my life. Matthew told me that Robert Quine recommended Wildest Guitar to him, and I figured that if Robert Quine told him to listen to it, hey, I should hear it, as well.
“I bought it and really dug it. It sort of describes itself – it’s the wildest guitar. [Laughs] He was one of the first users of the Les Paul, but on this record he’s pictured with a Jazzmaster. He really leans into it and sounds like he’s trying to tear it apart. It’s mostly standard tunes, but they’re rock ‘n’ roll interpretations. Great stuff.”