Boomkat Product Review:
'You're Nogood' was recorded at a 1967 performance, in which Terry Riley set about deconstructing a great slice of obscure R&B (titled 'You're No Good') editing the original track and mixing in his own content, spun from Moog synthesizer, tape loops and feedback. The outcome is a strange, at times very poppy and uplifting experience that might be thought of as a very early form of remixing in the plunderphonic tradition. Some of the contortions and grotesquery on show here wouldn't be too far out of place on one of VVM's lurid edit excursions. Twitching through looped sequences in a dub-like fashion, Riley establishes a near trance-like condition at times, although he never gets too latched onto a single idea, and the final seven minutes or so changes the tone altogether, dissolving the chorus refrain of the song into a wiry network of electronic feedback sounds and thick strands of Moog, all leading up to a finale that completely scrambles the source material and jets off with an ascending glissando synth tone. Visionary stuff from the great man, sounding years ahead of its time.