Ranaldo further explained these intentions in a 1985 interview with Melody Maker. "Our idea is that the instrument is not the guitar, as much as it's the chain… It's the guitar, the chord and the amp with the electricity pummelling through. The instrument doesn't end where the guitar meets the wire. It starts where the sound comes out of the speaker. We like to imagine that we play our amplifiers."
I haven't heard this before, but I love that mental image. Really cool way to think about their music.