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

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I don't really love "Hot Freaks", it works really good in the context of Bee Thousand in terms of adding in to the overall oddball atmosphere. I don't really feel the necessity to listen to it as a standalone track

V79, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

i had two songs on my hate list, both from b000, and hot freaks was one of them. (i'll let you know the other when it comes up on the countdown, which i'm pretty sure it will!) the longest minute and a half in the gbv catalog for me. i could probably deal with it in a funny/strange hard-rock/metal kinda way if it weren't clogging up side 1 of my favorite gbv album (for an intolerably long minute and a half!) and if they didn't play it in every damn show they ever did. is there any song they played live more than that one?

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

lethargy?

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I'm not really a fan of "Hot Freaks" either.

I've had 3 of my list place. I still expect the vast majority of my remaining 17 to show up. We'll see I guess.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxp of course there is - http://gbvdb.com/gig_report.asp?AlbumIDs=&tour=&all=true&sortcount=true

V79, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Dusted" is great btw. Didn't vote for it but would have been in my top 25. Hopefully "My Impression Now" will show up later on.

dmr, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

i had two songs on my hate list, both from b000, and hot freaks was one of them. (i'll let you know the other when it comes up on the countdown, which i'm pretty sure it will!) the longest minute and a half in the gbv catalog for me.

I can only deduce that this is Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory.

I think I've only had 3 of mine place so far in the top 50. At this point I've given up on seeing 'It's Like Soul, Man' show up. I do have a bunch of songs on there that they play live so I'm assuming they'll be placing but this won't be like the Zep poll where unless you were picking stuff off of Presence or Coda you could see pretty much everything place.

righteousmaelstrom, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 20:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

"hi, i was just wondering how much this lamp is?"
"this one is on the hoooooooooooouse"

― Art Arfons (La Lechera), Tuesday, September 27, 2011 9:15 PM (47 minutes ago) Bookmark

<3

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 20:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 of mine have placed. I bet my other 18 will be the top 18.

Jeff, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 20:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

only one (1) of mine have placed so far (as the shameful #51) and I suspect no more than 10 others are going to show up later. guess my ballot sure was an unconventional one, oh well

V79, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 20:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah i don't think a lot of mine will place either (if they haven't yet) because i just voted for personal favorites and they are all over the place. oh well. if anyone gets a chance, listen to "earful o' wax" -- it's a great plane-taking-off song and has a great solo at the end.

does anyone have cartooning skills?
4 panel cartoon of that recording session/garage sale:

panel 1 -- dayton oh, 19 something and 5 -- greeting customers at sale, offering lemonade la ti da
panel 2 -- the boys downstairs with bubbles and beers and guitars jamming and belting out hot freaks woo hoo
panel 3 -- lady asks about lamp, bob replies from the basement
panel 4 -- mrs sprout makes a face :-/

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 20:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, that's a really cool song. Thanks!

grandavis, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 20:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I can only deduce that this is Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory.

nope

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 04:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Another good old one that will never make it

If I had ever had a radio show, it would have been called "trust the wizard".

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

35. "Wished I Was a Giant" (Vampire on Titus, 1993) [203 points, 9 votes]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

I used to have that scooter promo picture up on my wall in lolcollege.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

A guy here in Charlottesville, Virginia, had a great radio show called "Trust the Wizard"! WTJU!!!

grandavis, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

i figured there were a bunch of them -- it seemed cliche at the time, but now no one would know wtf i'm referring to

btw i know this is asking a lot, but juanito could you drag this out as long as possible? please? i have class til 12:15 and shameful though it is, i've been looking forward to this. i thought the countdown was going to be yesterday!

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

I just realized yesterday that I am actually gonna be offline tomorrow through Monday, so I am gonna miss the top 20 countdown. It will of course still be fun to read the thread, but sad to miss the event itself.

I certainly didn't know what "Trust the Wizard" referred to, so probably only a cliche to big GBV fans. Pretty easy to love the obviously-lovable aspects of GBV though, as in every college station should have a radio show called "Trust the Wizard", it would be fucking cooler of they did.

grandavis, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

My college radio show was not called "Trust the Wizard". What a missed opportunity.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

By the way, should this be ""Wished I Was a Giant""?

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Wished I Was A Giant" is one of my very favorites

ciderpress, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 14:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

34. "A Good Flying Bird" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [207 points, 9 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 14:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

at last, a song I voted for! whoever you are, who placed it as his #1, I salute you.

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 14:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

As memory serves, I had this one in my top 10. One of the most energetic and catchiest songs in their catalogue.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 14:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

33. "Glad Girls" (Isolation Drills, 2001) [211 points, 10 votes]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 14:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

that's hell of a trippy video

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

so catchy

skip, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Glad Girls" wore thin on me after listening to it beaucoup times upon release. it opens great! but the "they're all right" repetition is brutal. & the song could stand to be an old-style quickie, 2 minutes & out.

also I dunno why but I found the album's backstory about the dissolution of his marriage sad & found the album (& this song) a bit too personal to enjoy the pumped up kicks. it's less abstract to me & kind of a downer. still love "Chasing Heather Crazy" though

Euler, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

here's glad girls as an old style quickie from 93

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's got a Moment, though - "the light that passes through me". Love the combination of chords and words at that point.

Viva Brother Beyond (ithappens), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

32. "Buzzards and Dreadful Crows" (Bee Thousand, 1994) [220 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

also I dunno why but I found the album's backstory about the dissolution of his marriage sad & found the album (& this song) a bit too personal to enjoy the pumped up kicks. it's less abstract to me & kind of a downer. still love "Chasing Heather Crazy" though
― Euler, Wednesday, September 28, 2011 11:08 AM (15 minutes ago) Bookmark

Euler, or anyone else, is there a good bio or book about GBV? Thanks in advance...made a playlist of the countdown songs so far last night and it is soooooo f-in' amazing. This is one of the best poll ideas yet as it really distills down the greatest of the great

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, my #1 didn't make the top 50 (or 60), so it's not as great as it could be. ;)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

spotify link is also being updated: http://open.spotify.com/user/sp10000/playlist/5QWljGgTEhj3DPiXtmkYU7

skip, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp Jim Greer's "Hunting Accidents" comes first to mind, and people have been saying good things about it upthread.

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

My son was about 2 around the time of Isolation Drills. We'd be listening to the album in the car and he'd be in the back seat singing along to 'Glad Girls'. But we had to be careful playing that song around other people since he would sing "Hey, Hey, glad girls!/I only want to get you high!"

righteousmaelstrom, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's another way of saying "too low."

righteousmaelstrom, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp it's a weird book, lot of cool stuff, but a lot of inside baseball stuff that isn't of too much interest. inside baseball almost literally -- there's kind of an interminable amount of space devoted to the pollard bros' high school sports career.

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man love "Buzzards and Dreadful Crows", it's just a continuous hook.

grandavis, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just listened to it 3 times in a row.

grandavis, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Glad Girls one of my least favorites :(

Love Buzzards

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

31. "My Son Cool" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [235 points, 10 votes]

(Volume is really low on the clip, but I remember watching the show when they appeared!)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

The problem with "Glad Girls" is that it goes on too long, which should never happen in a GBV song.

This has been a bad day for me, only one song I voted for and none of the other songs that made it are really anywhere close to my favorites.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

there's something really haunting about "My Son Cool" (esp. about the coda) and I can't put my finger on it. those three closing songs AL stand out from the rest of the album in a way I can't really explain

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah i love my son cool -- decide now!!!!

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

30. "My Impression Now" (Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, 1994) [241 points, 9 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

yay

dmr, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's another good one... but not better than "My Son Cool"

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

The first time I heard Glad Girls was at a show in Athens, GA. They were playing through the entirety of ID and after Glad Girls, they decided to play it again! I'm sure that would annoy some people but it was awesome at the time.

Jeff, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:06 (3 years ago) Permalink


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