This is something that's puzzled me for years. On Tired of Sex, there is an instrument in the background supplying most of the backing beat. I've always thought it was a synthesizer, but lately I've been thinking maybe it's a guitar. Synth makes sense because TOS was originally a SFTBH song, which all had a synth base. But when the song is played live, they use a guitar, and the sound is similar to the solo, which is clearly guitar. Any thoughts?

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I bet it was a Moog synth, but, when they play the song live—which I would love to see—, they use a synth effect on the guitar.

But nowadays, I think that Brian Bell plays synth now—he did at least when I saw them.
Ok just kidding...anyway, it's definitely a keyboard on the record and not guitar. I don't know what you mean by "most of the backing beat" though. In fact, that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

It is a drone that provides ambiance in the background and contributes to the tension in the song, but it has nothing to do with the "backing beat".
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Sounds like a Moog Synth. It sounds just like what was used In The Rentals- Return of the Rentals.
back beat, word is on the street, the fire in your heart is out

BackToSchool said:
Ok just kidding...anyway, it's definitely a keyboard on the record and not guitar. I don't know what you mean by "most of the backing beat" though. In fact, that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

It is a drone that provides ambiance in the background and contributes to the tension in the song, but it has nothing to do with the "backing beat".

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