From the New York Times:
Still Punk, But Beyond Tantrums
By Mike Rubin
While his peers attended high school, Mr. Lindsey filled his days with Big Macs and four-track recordings. Playing all the instruments himself, including banging on a plastic pickle bucket in lieu of a drum kit, he recorded a cassette — half original songs and half Oblivians covers — and mailed it to Eric Friedl, a member of the Oblivians and an owner of the Memphis garage-rock label Goner Records. Mr. Friedl was impressed and released several of the recordings in 1998 as the “Get Real Stupid” EP, credited to the Reatards. With Mr. Friedl’s help, Mr. Lindsey recruited an actual band of Reatards, which recorded its debut album, “Teenage Hate,” later that year.
“He was doing Buddy Holly covers,” Mr. Friedl said. “I didn’t know that 16-year-old kids listened to that at all. I thought it really showed that he understood basic rock ’n’ roll more than just a kid who wanted to get up there and pretend to be a punk rocker. ”
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