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

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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

... maybe they ran out of songs

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ GBV fan's joke

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

in those rare events, when GBV run out of songs onstage, they just take a 5 minute break and come back with premiere material

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

29. "Redmen and Their Wives" (Under the Bushes Under the Stars, 1996) [247 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Unlike Glad Girls which goes on way too long, I'd be fine with Redmen and Their Wives going on another 3 or 4 minutes.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah that one's got some nice catharsis

ciderpress, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

28. "Chasing Heather Crazy" (Isolation Drills, 2001) [248 points, 11 votes]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hooray!

Jeff, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like this track a lot more now than I did at the time the album was new. It's a remarkably slow burn for such an uptempo GBV song.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

isolation drills really came at a low point of my GBV fandom, but i couldn't deny this song.

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

27. "Blimps Go 90" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [249 points, 12 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Great song.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

The rusty violin is a nice touch. Also, Mary Lou Lord had a nice cover of this on one of her albums (can't remember which).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

nooooo, "Heather" is criminally TOO LOW :( that was my #2, I seriously thought it's a lock on for a top ten...

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hey, here's 2 songs I voted for, and two of GBV's prettiest tunes. I love the harmonies on "Chasing Heather Crazy" so much.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

I almost voted for 'Chasing Heather Crazy' but couldn't really decide whether or not 'Unspirited' does a similar-ish thing better... In the end neither made my final ballot anyway.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

yay "my impression now"!! escort you safely away
hey

hey hey

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

for the record, what i don't like about "Glad Girls" is the same thing I don't like about "Girls of Wild Strawberries" -- plodding undynamic unremarkable generic song about "girls"

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

26. "Shocker in Gloomtown" (The Grand Hour, 1993) [262 points, 10 votes]

(bonus Breeders cover with GBV cameos)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

yaaaay

love the breeders cover!!!!!

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:35 (3 years ago) Permalink


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