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Post by Trev » Wed Dec 30, 2009 20:26

They emerged when I was in a bit of a musical nowhere land (the mid 90s) so haven't really 'got into them' ever. I had 'Do The Collapse' given to me as a present in 2000. It didn't click with me at the time. So in a mad fit I decided to download three albums from emusic to see what I've been missing out on. I got:

Propeller
Vampire On Titus
Bee Thousand

Did I choose well? I went for earlier releases. So far have only played 'Propeller'. I think it could be a grower.

Any fans out there care to enlighten me on their finest moments?
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Re: Guided By Voices

Post by RITH » Wed Dec 30, 2009 22:28

Trev wrote:Any fans out there care to enlighten me on their finest moments?
Not sure about their finest moments; I certainly haven't heard all their stuff. I do think that their Human amusements at hourly rates: The best of Guided by Voices is a nice compilation of good very songs though.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Dec 31, 2009 09:53

My understanding is that Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes are thought of as the 'classics' - of those two, i've only got the former and that's certainly a good listen. I do like Do The Collapse although i guess it's possibly a bit generic 90s alt rock rather than a demonstration of what was so good about them. Loads of great tunes there if you like generic 90s alt rock as much as i do, mind!

Anyway - you'll enjoy Bee Thousand. Personal favourites of mine offa that record are Hot Freaks, Echos Myron and Awful Bliss but i can't think of a bad track on that album at all! Enjoy!
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Re: Guided By Voices

Post by Damian » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:26

Propeller is a weird album, it's good, and it is a grower, but I'm not sure it's the best one to start with.

Alien Lanes, Bee Thousand are indeed both regarding as classics, so Bee Thousand is a really good choice. My favourite is Under The Bushes, Under The Stars though, that's an absolutely brilliant record. If you ever get it try to get a copy with the extra CD/tracks from the 'Tiger Bomb' EP included, it's well worth it.

As RITH said the best of, is a really good place to start. Simply because GBV have so many records, and if I'm honest quite a lot of them are patchy. Most have 20+ songs on, so there's bound to be a few songs that are a bit crap.

I posted on my blog not so long ago about GBV, and I put together a Spotify playlist too, which has some of the bestest songs on it.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:57

Damian wrote:Alien Lanes, Bee Thousand are indeed both regarding as classics, so Bee Thousand is a really good choice. My favourite is Under The Bushes, Under The Stars though, that's an absolutely brilliant record. If you ever get it try to get a copy with the extra CD/tracks from the 'Tiger Bomb' EP included, it's well worth it.
Yes! Defo. Drag Days off that is possibly my favourite GBV song ever.

Incidentally, i really like the Boston Spaceships stuff i've heard too. Has anyone heard the record he did with Mac from Superchunk? I think the band was called Goodbye Snowflake or something like that. Maybe Farewell Snowflake... hmm, can't remember offhand and i cannae be ersed to google.
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Post by colinsmitten » Thu Dec 31, 2009 13:36

I love vampire on titus!

and I double recommend alien lanes. I still don't own bee thousand, so I have to listen to my roomate's copy if I wanna hear it. I suppose in a kinda of mountain goats way some will prefer the early stuff and some will love the later things and some will need to have all of it.

I have the collection (and it comes with the watch me jumpstart dvd, which is fun to watch) and I've also read their bio, but I don't own all of their albums, just a handful.

good luck to you and happy listening. The other day I thought of them as I was listening to knight school - there are some sonic similarities there that I appreciated quite a bit!
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Re: Guided By Voices

Post by jamieboy » Thu Dec 31, 2009 18:02

my favourite is vampire on titus but it's probably the harshest sounding gbv release; i bought it off the back of 'everything with helicopter' and their friendship with the strokes so it was bit of a surprise to hear something so alien and utterly unique like vampire.

the 'classic' gbv line-up stuff is pretty much essential: propeller, vampire..., bee thousand, alien lanes and under the bushes... and there are lots of wee eps and singles they put out at that time which are really good too.

of their later post-tobin sprout efforts, i think the shiny isolation drills and their swansong half-smiles of the decomposed are really worth getting a hold of too.

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Post by sideponytail » Sun Jan 31, 2010 04:09

indiansummer wrote:Has anyone heard the record he did with Mac from Superchunk? I think the band was called Goodbye Snowflake or something like that. Maybe Farewell Snowflake... hmm, can't remember offhand and i cannae be ersed to google.
I have this, it's not bad. They called themselves Go Back Snowball. It's worth a listen, but I don't recall it being anything particularly special. (At the same time, Pollard is always doing so much & has such a huge volume of work that I think it becomes hard for things to stand out unless they're especially good.)

To add to the ongoing list of GBV releases that are particularly good: Forever Since Breakfast is a favorite of mine. (I especially like the track "Let's Ride.") The "Director's Cut" of Bee Thousand also has a few really good tracks that aren't on the standard release of the album.

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Post by indiansummer » Sun Jan 31, 2010 16:49

Thanks for the advice! Mac + Pollard SHOULD = awesome, but maybe it's just too much awesome for one band to cope with properly.

I've still not seen Forever Since Breakfast anywhere other than in the box set, so i guess i'll just have to get that at some point... oh, the trials and tribulations of getting into bands...
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Post by indiansummer » Fri Jul 16, 2010 16:45

EEEEEP!!!!!!!!!

http://www.robertpollard.net/date.html

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Post by Damian » Fri Jul 16, 2010 17:20

indiansummer wrote:EEEEEP!!!!!!!!!

http://www.robertpollard.net/date.html

pleasecomeoverherepleasecomeoverherepleasecomeoverhere
I KNOW!

I saw that they'd reformed to do the (really ridiculously good line-upped) Merge 21 thing, and then thought they wouldn't do anything else. A full blown tour means a longer reunion right? Hopefully, they won't want to leave British fans out.

Had they ever played over here?

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Post by Paquito » Fri Jul 16, 2010 20:28

Yeah, they've played here a good few times. I saw 'em twice, both in Glasgow - once in 1996 (supported by a nascent Spoon fact fans!) with the Pollard/Sprout/Mitchell line-up (interviewed Tobin Sprout prior to the gig, lovely fella he was too. Pollard was the other side of the room necking his 732nd beer of the day...) and once a couple of years later (the same day as I saw the Rovers beaten 7-1 by Ross County for further fact fans! (Just checked the date, 27 September 2003 so a wee bit more than a couple of years)) with the Doug Gillard line-up. Both times they were ace so I'm hoping they'll make it over here again. Perhaps a wee tour and an ATP appearance wouldn't go amiss eh Bob?

It gives me a chance to recount my favourite ever bit of stage banter, from the 2003 gig -

Crowd - "We love you Uncle Bob!"
Bob - "I love you too kids!"
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Post by plastic stars » Thu Aug 12, 2010 02:28

i'm a huge gbv fan. they're playing near my school in december. it's 21 and up. i'll be 20. ijghrklgjrlkg
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Post by photojonny » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:45

I saw them a few times. First was at Reading 2001 when they were stupidly low down the bill and when someone heckled them, Bob told them to "fuck off to the shit stage", referring to the ska punk tent that was next door. Saw them again the following year and then at ULU in 2003(?) where they played for about 3 hours and it was utterly amazing. Would love to see them again.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:54

the punk tent was woeful that year, although i'm still kicking myself for not going to see rocket from the crypt headline it, having decided that they'd be around forever whereas mogwai (in the adjacent tent) would probably split up soon. GAH

i've never seen GBV, to my shame and dismay

ATP headliners next year, anyone?
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Post by Damian » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:55

I really want to see them, the closest I can get is watching the 4 hour long DVD but it's not the same. I was talking to the guy from World Atlas when he was over here and he was telling me about some of the GBV shows he'd seen; they sound ace.

They could curate ATP but I have no idea what they'd actually choose. Actually I've never been to ATP either so if they did play it would be a good way to combine both.

I want to start a tribute band, it's going to be called Gang Of Pricks.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:00

Damian wrote:I really want to see them, the closest I can get is watching the 4 hour long DVD but it's not the same. I was talking to the guy from World Atlas when he was over here and he was telling me about some of the GBV shows he'd seen; they sound ace.

They could curate ATP but I have no idea what they'd actually choose. Actually I've never been to ATP either so if they did play it would be a good way to combine both.

I want to start a tribute band, it's going to be called Gang Of Pricks.
can i be Tobin?
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Post by Damian » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:48

indiansummer wrote:
Damian wrote:I really want to see them, the closest I can get is watching the 4 hour long DVD but it's not the same. I was talking to the guy from World Atlas when he was over here and he was telling me about some of the GBV shows he'd seen; they sound ace.

They could curate ATP but I have no idea what they'd actually choose. Actually I've never been to ATP either so if they did play it would be a good way to combine both.

I want to start a tribute band, it's going to be called Gang Of Pricks.
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Post by sideponytail » Wed Aug 25, 2010 14:59

I'm stoked about this reunion! I saw Pollard play with Boston Spaceships a couple of years ago, but haven't seen GBV since their final tour (which seems like a sort of redundant thing to say.) I'd love to be able to see them at Matador 21, but I'm settling for the Columbus, OH show (& hopefully I'll be able to snag tickets for that Oberlin, OH show as well when they go on sale...)

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Post by plastic stars » Wed Aug 25, 2010 16:43

sideponytail wrote:I'm stoked about this reunion! I saw Pollard play with Boston Spaceships a couple of years ago, but haven't seen GBV since their final tour (which seems like a sort of redundant thing to say.) I'd love to be able to see them at Matador 21, but I'm settling for the Columbus, OH show (& hopefully I'll be able to snag tickets for that Oberlin, OH show as well when they go on sale...)
the matador 21 show looks incredible
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