The first performance of what would become Stained Rug Theory happened at the Brown Underground probably around 1973 -74, featuring music that was pure electronic mayhem -- Karlheinz Stockhausen meets the Ronettes -- with much of the music emanating from a four-track reel-to-reel tape machine. It all seemed to emanate from an endless reservoir of despair: good night / sleep tight / half smile / on the suicide sweet dreams / tonight / what is it like / to die? For computer-junkies in the late 70s and early 80s, SRT were gods. For everyone else, Stained Rug Theory was an oddly-named, two-person band with a lot of strange devices onstage and no human drummer. Arthur Mann bent over boxes and wires, loading sounds and sequences while playing guitar and yelling. Giselle Catholic vamped with an air of aloof detachment, triggering samples and synth sounds and singing in a voice that could coax buzzards from trees. Ultimately, Mann's involvement with Brown exploded into a thousand directions'from satellite communications to early internet development. It is unclear whether he worked with former VP Al Gore while inventing the Internet. SRT released an album in 1985 entitled Innocence, invoking a cycle of promotion which held little appeal for SRT. But a glowing review in Spin and a cover write-up in CMJ, along with gigs at the Knitting Factory, CBGB's, the Rat in Boston, and at AS220 and the Cage in Providence'SRT found themselves seemingly on the verge of some sort of commercial breakthrough in spite of themselves. It never happened. SRT's last waltz was at AS220 in Providence in the early 1990s. By the time the collective imploded, Stained Rug Theory had been excavated emerging trends in pop music for the better part of twenty years.