Helios Creed

VINTAGE RT: CHROME

Last Thursday I was beyond fortunate to see Helios Creed perform as Chrome at El Corazon in Seattle, definitely something I never thought I would get a chance to see. Chrome is an amazing, and deeply under-appreciated band. They were an experimental, “acid punk,” “godfathers of industrial rock” group formed in San Francisco in the 1970s by Damon Edge and Gary Spain. Their first singer quit after their first album, at which point Helios Creed joined the band. Edge died in 1995, but Creed continued touring as Chrome throughout the late 90s and has recently begun to do so again. Chrome’s music is heavily distorted and sounds alien, which accounts for many of their sci-fi album titles including Alien Soundtracks, Half Machine Lip Moves, Blood on the Moon, 3rd From the Sun, Half Machine From the Sun, and, most recently, Feel It Like a Scientist. And, most importantly (to me), the name of my radio show, retrotransmission, is taken from the Chrome album of the same name. In honor of the show, which sounded absolutely killer, I’ve posted this all Chrome playlist (with some solo Edge and Creed, respectively, thrown in for good measure), from this past spring. Enjoy.

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