POLLSTAL BLOWFISH - ILM Artist Poll #8 - Guided By Voices - ReSuLtS!!!

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crying your knife away has such a classic album cover. I was stoked when I first got it. never listen to any of the live albums any more though. Jellyfish Reflector is probably the best one I think.

dmr, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think you HAVE to be drunk to listen to CYKA all the way though. they are so wasted.

dmr, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean that cover makes my eyes light up with Ohio pride, for reals. The whole album does, but the cover looks like home. (I have gone for a ride in the Goodyear blimp btw, it's awesome)

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

album's comin out on scat matador records
you gotta say matador cuz it's more ~prestigious~

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

we should all pile into a bus and go on a massive gbv singalong road trip across the midwest
how embarrassing would that be

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

The "official" countdown is from 50-1, but I've got a little bit of spare time today (that I wasn't anticipating) if you guys are interested in a 60-51 bonus round!

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Considering the amount of GBV songs, seems like 60 is warranted to me

grandavis, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

a roll-in would be much appreciated, of course

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

TIE 60. "My Kind of Soldier" (Earthquake Glue, 2003) [110 points, 5 votes]

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's a good lighthearted little song

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is a pretty late period track in the 90s mold. Others I like more on Earthquake Glue (especially The Main Street Wizards), but I totally understand why this one got a few votes tossed its way.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think it goes without saying that i will participate in discussion of 60-1 with as much irritating zeal as 50-1.

i like the phonemic compatibility of soldier/shoulder; Pollard's appreciation of word sounds has always impressed me

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

TIE 60. "Chicken Blows" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [110 points, 5 votes]

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess there's not much sense in shouting "TOO LOW" every time an AL cut shows up, is there

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I didn't vote for anything from Earthquake Glue but 'My Kind Of Soldier' is one of my two or three favourites on there.

I love the backing vocals in 'Chicken Blows'.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love the way my kind of soldier ends. It's very satisfying.

Jeff, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was coincidentally singing this one just a few minutes ago. I also love how trippy the slowed down snippet on "Back To Saturn X Report" sounds like

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

i wonder when chicken blows was actually recorded, since it shows up in fragmentary form on back to saturn x. ha xpost
such a gorgeous, weird song.

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

58. "Postal Blowfish" (outtake, 1993) [111 points, 5 votes]

This was the only version I could find on youtube. Can anyone confirm or deny that this is the re-recorded Brain Candy version? Because I remember the original being a little more "shambling".

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

this sounds like the brain candy version to me.
is there a version on king shit and the golden boys? that one iirc is more lo-fi.

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

when I fist heard "Chicken Blows" it wasn't that beautiful, nautical strangeness of recording that struck me first. what I noticed was how it blatantly references The Beatles with it's oh-ed backing vocals. yeah, I know

xp as far as I remember from Spotify that's the re-recorded version

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

57. "Bulldog Skin" (Mag Earwhig!, 1997) [116 points, 6 votes]

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ don't think I'd ever seen that video before today. Uh, cute.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

#1 will be Dragons Awake! i am calling it right now

ciderpress, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hah, two of mine already showing up. And I thought mine would be obvious high-placing songs (which I am sure a lot of them will be). I had Postal Blowfish pretty high (love that version above). Just one of those songs I never get tired of for some reason.

grandavis, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Likewise. Kind of embarrassing, I think, but w/e. Song sounds way better without the Wonder Years footage.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha, I really don't like 'Bulldog Skin' at all.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Same here.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Chicken Blows is like the best bootleg White Album demo ever

Iago Galdston, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Same here, don't like it. Thought it was a candidate for "hated tracks" but found I really couldn't create a "hated songs"-list of GBV

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

60th seems about right for "My Kind of Soldier" and "Chicken Blows" which are both fine but never really close to making my ballot. Not crazy about the other two.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

is there a version on king shit and the golden boys? that one iirc is more lo-fi.

yes. and yes more lo-fi.

dmr, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually think of the blowfish from crying your knife away as definitive.
fun song to cover. so easy! (and a lot of GBV songs are deceptively difficult -- pollard uses strange chords).

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

56. "Key Losers" (outtake, 1995) [124 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

This one I actually vote for, though fairly low on my ballot. Was hoping to see it make the top 50, too bad.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man, I had no idea that Doug Gillard had recorded I Am a Tree before joining GBV.

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Really thought Postal Blowfish was more loved (not to beat a dead horse here). Love the build up at the end, especially in that Brain Candy version, lots of cool guitar parts. Guess that's all Gillard?

grandavis, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Brain Candy version would've been pre-Gillard.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

fun song to cover. so easy!

I have an mp3 of the Grifters covering it live

and yeah I thought the song the *poll was named for* might place higher? I voted it pretty high.

dmr, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i think the postal blowfish on brain candy is still "classic lineup" gbv? could be wrong.

tylerw, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

non-album track etc etc

ciderpress, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought the song the *poll was named for* might place higher

The song the Led Zeppelin poll was named for didn't make the countdown at all. To be honest, top 60 is a pretty good result when there were 80 million songs to choose from.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like Postal Blowfish but it's not one of my favorites.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i think the postal blowfish on brain candy is still "classic lineup" gbv? could be wrong.

I think so. There were a lot of songs around then that had a lo-fi and hi-fi version like Motor Away and I Am a Scientist but most of em all had the same guys playing on them

dmr, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would anyone be terribly offended if I asked if there are any other female voters here? Just curious.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

55. "Huffman Prairie Flying Field" (Half Smiles of the Decomposed, 2004) [125 points, 4 votes]

(Until the news that there would be upcoming GBV material, this would've been the final album track ever released by the band. A fine sign-off imo.)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh man I tooooooooooooooootally love this song. Quintessential GBV.

some lady (La Lechera), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

The song the Led Zeppelin poll was named for didn't make the countdown at all.

A good pun trumps all.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Monday, 26 September 2011 19:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm happy then you didn't call this one, say, Tracks Poll Rape Chain

V79, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Polled hands, touching my face"

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 26 September 2011 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink


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