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Molecules 01-24-2009 02:23 PM

Guided By Voices

Think these guys deserve a thread as they are my top artist on by quite a margin (mostly accrued over a one-month GBV binge).

For those who have no idea who they are, GBV were yet another great band from Ohio who put out sh*tloads of albums and played sh*tloads of gigs between 1983 and 2004; fronted by former schoolteacher and garage rocker Robert Pollard.
Their music is basically idiosyncratic indie rock, and they are credited with defining the lo-fi aesthetic with their cheaply-recorded but deeply affecting records whilst having a reputation as a formidable live presence comparable to the Who in their prime.

Their finest period of the classic line-up (where they first gained real press attention) is generally thought to be the mid-90's with the albums Alien Lanes and Bee Thousand being hallmarks of (real) American indie rock music.

They achieved only limited commercial success (specifically with their latter-day major label single 'Teenage FBI') and their later albums resorted to a 'proper' studio sound that, whilst yielding some great songs IMO, lacked the intimate resonance of their earlier work that had intrigued so many people.

I think they are particularly noteworthy for a totally unpretentious, binge-drinking, chain-smoking attitude to make enjoyable 60's-inflected rock music. :love:

Roygbiv 01-24-2009 03:06 PM

I love the **** out of Bee Thousand.
How's Alien Lanes? I keep hearing it's just as good if not better.

Molecules 01-24-2009 03:13 PM

the age old conundrum of Alien Lanes vs. Bee Thousand... Alien Lanes was the first one I got but I could never choose, they're like sister albums really. I am PM happy by the way people

Roygbiv 01-24-2009 03:29 PM

Please, grant me my wish - let me listen to Alien Lanes.

Rainard Jalen 01-24-2009 03:39 PM

um... why in blue hell was there not a thread on this band already?

bee thousand is full of all sorts of awesomeness and let there be no doubt regarding that!

Sneer 01-24-2009 03:49 PM

Could you pm both of those albums Molecules? I notice you mentioned them when talking about Pavement

Molecules 01-24-2009 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by Rainard Jalen (Post 584289)
um... why in blue hell was there not a thread on this band already?

bee thousand is full of all sorts of awesomeness and let there be no doubt regarding that!

I know, it's a fresh kind of madness but we have a thread now.

Has anyone heard the pre-1993 stuff? particularly their 80's output which had a much cleaner, janglier and at times post-punky sound; the closest sound I can approximate them to at this stage is maybe early REM? (when they were cool).

Here are some of my faves from Devil Between My Toes ('87)
Old Battery
Hank's Little Fingers

and Sandbox ('87)
Long Distance Man
I Certainly Hope Not

sorry for the overload I am ever so slightly bored

Stamper 01-25-2009 01:17 AM

Bee Thousand is a pretty decent album, favorite would be Hardcore UFOs. I've always really liked Pollard's voice, I think that the low production sound somehow strangely compliments it, but I always thought it was funny that their sound quality was better live then on their records.

GravitySlips 01-25-2009 08:57 PM

For some reason I've still not heard anything by them except Bee Thousand, even though it's an utterly excellent album. I have loads more as well, waiting to be listened to. I'll do it tomorrow.

Molecules 01-25-2009 09:21 PM

Oh christ, how did I forget to mention Propeller? Not my favourite at first but it really grew on me. Easily up there with the Magic Two. If anybody needs kitting out with GBV's excellent selection of EP's from this era sling me a PM, innit.

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