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The band’s justification for using samples was simple: they couldn’t afford the real thing.

“None of us had much money so it was just a very cheap sampler, a cheap computer and lots of time going through Melbourne’s op shops,” Chater told triple j.

“Trying to find weird and wonderful sounds to make a record that sounded kinda fancy without actually having access to orchestras or amazing sound.”

“If we want an original ’60s pipe organ sound, we can’t afford to go and hire a studio,” Seltmann said in 1999. “We can just get one off a record. You can create the kind of sounds that sound authentic and beautiful to us.”

It’s an exceedingly smart idea, but one that looked as if it might backfire when it came time to releaseΒ Since I Left You. With something in the vicinity of 3,500 samples to clear – many of which the band couldn’t identify – the record hit a serious snag before its release.