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

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No love?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Lotta love! I voted for this. Just really busy at work today, so I'm limited in my time for deep thoughts.

Overall I'm pleased that my #1 is still yet to come. Unless ILM will shame me by shutting it out completely.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't really like 14 Cheerleader Coldfront very much tbh. It has never really moved me.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's so delicate, especially in the midst of what's around it on Propeller. It's swoony.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love this one. I think I had it tops among all the pre-Bee Thousand songs. I am totally out of touch with the greater GBV community, so actually I had no idea everybody else loved it too. I thought it was an unconventional pick on my ballot.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

See, for me, Circus World is swoony. 14 Cheerleader -- I dunno -- it just doesn't soar, it doesn't drive, it doesn't even plod -- it just kinda sits there harmonizing like a forgettable pair of strummers singing a coffee shop duet.

I would never get into this much detail with people who hadn't already spent this much time discussing the minutiae of GBV songs, but we have, so I did.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

I get what LL is getting at wrt "14 Cheerleader Coldfront", but I voted for it because they always seem to be able to breathe new life into it on-stage.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

If I'm in a wistful mood this is the ticket - great lyrics

skip, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

stay close to locker rooms

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

23. "A Salty Salute" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [302 points, 14 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

C'MON C'MON C'MON!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

I still cringe at "no coin meters there"
I guess I'll never really love that song.

Anyway, PROOOOOOUD BROTHERS

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

One of the great album openers ever. Not surprising that they chose this to start off the 'greatest hits' CD too.

skip, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

^^ so OTM

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

ha, i actually thought this'd be #1
greatest bassline ever.

tylerw, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

'Blimps Go 90' FAR TOO LOW.

ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

erg, i don't think i voted for that. but yeah, A+ opening track

queen latifah approximately (donna rouge), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

An almost perfect GBV song, just admire all the lyrics:

Disarm the settlers
The new drunk drivers
Have hoisted the flag
We are with you in your anger
Proud brothers
Do not fret
The bus will get you there yet
To carry us to the lake
The club is open
Yeah, The club is open
Hey, the club is open
A-come on, come on, the club is open
C'mon, c'mon, the club is open
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, the club is open...

Jeff, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, since this poll I've been paying more attention to the lyrics, and some of them are so great. 'Atom Eyes' is my fave atm.

ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

in retrospect i clearly threw most of my votes into the trash, but i think there will be at least 7 more that make it to the top 20

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Love 14 Cheerleader Coldfront. A Salty Salute the first GBV song I ever heard. A great album opener.

I wonder if my #1 will show. It's not one of their bigger songs but one I think they've played every time I've seen them -- usually during the 1st or 2nd encore.

righteousmaelstrom, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

still laughing at that joke about "this one is on the house" from upthread

skip, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

22. "Watch Me Jumpstart" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [306 points, 12 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

A++++ run here

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

i love the sway/chug on watch me jumpstart!!!

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 18:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm glad this one did not make the top 20. It's fine, but I've always found it to be a bit overrated, probably like my 10th favorite song or so on the album, maybe less.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Great live song, like it much better than the album version

Jeff, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

that was my #2 i think? it's kind of a gbv litmus test sound-wise, some people just hear sludge, but the chorus hook is undeniable imo

ciderpress, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

i love to make up my own harmonies and doot doot doots to "watch me jumpstart" -- been singing the same ones for years, no idea why

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

'Cause I'm a supernova erect and white hot

Jeff, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

tmi

ciderpress, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

21. "Dayton, Ohio—19 Something and 5" (Tonics and Twisted Chasers, 1996) [317 points, 14 votes]

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

re "Watch Me Jumpstart": my #8. GBV at their most anthemic. well, of course the same can be said about "Salty Salute".

V79, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

this top 30 is gonna be about as good a compilation as you can make

iatee, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

the chord change into "cause i won't be around, as you run...etc." so great

bluelips, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

A++++ run continues

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

ooh didn't know people rated that one so highly. it's nice

ciderpress, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

and shoooooooot me dowwwwwwwwnnnnnnn

dmr, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's all for today. Top 20 rolls out tomorrow, so get ready.

TIE 60. "My Kind of Soldier" (Earthquake Glue, 2003) [110 points, 5 votes]
TIE 60. "Chicken Blows" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [110 points, 5 votes]
58. "Postal Blowfish" (outtake, 1993) [111 points, 5 votes]
57. "Bulldog Skin" (Mag Earwhig!, 1997) [116 points, 6 votes]
56. "The Key Losers" (outtake, 1995) [124 points, 5 votes, 1 #1 vote]
55. "Huffman Prairie Flying Field" (Half Smiles of the Decomposed, 2004) [125 points, 4 votes]
54. "Big Boring Wedding" (Under the Bushes Under the Stars, 1996) [125 points, 5 votes]
53. "Everybody Thinks I'm a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking)" (Half Smiles of the Decomposed, 2004) [130 points, 6 votes]
52. "Gleemer (The Deeds of Fertile Jim)" (Vampire on Titus, 1993) [131 points, 6 votes]
51. "Little Whirl" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [136 points, 6 votes]

50. "As We Go Up, We Go Down" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [138 points, 8 votes]
49. "I Am a Tree" (Mag Earwhig!, 1997) [150 points, 6 votes]
48. "Closer You Are" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [150 points, 8 votes]
47. "Everywhere With Helicopter" (Universal Truths and Cycles, 2002) [152 points, 9 votes]
46. "Do the Earth" (I Am a Scientist EP, 1994) [154 points, 7 votes]
45. "Girls of Wild Strawberries" (Half Smiles of the Decomposed, 2004) [156 points, 7 votes, 1 #1 vote]
44. "Acorns and Orioles" (Under the Bushes Under the Stars, 1996) [157 points, 6 votes, 1 #1 vote]
43. "Unleashed! The Large-Hearted Boy" (Propeller, 1992) [157 points, 8 votes]
42. "Man Called Aerodynamics" (Under the Bushes Under the Stars, 1996) [159 points, 7 votes]
41. "Peep-Hole" (Bee Thousand, 1994) [164 points, 6 votes, 1 #1 vote]
40. "Your Name Is Wild" (Under the Bushes Under the Stars, 1996) [183 points, 8 votes]
39. "Subspace Biographies" (Waved Out, 1998) [184 points, 7 votes]
38. "Dusted" (Vampire on Titus, 1993 / Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, 1994) [185 points, 7 votes, 1 #1 vote]
37. "Jane of the Waking Universe" (Mag Earwhig!, 1997) [190 points, 8 votes]
36. "Hot Freaks" (Bee Thousand, 1994) [202 points, 9 votes]

35. "Wished I Was a Giant" (Vampire on Titus, 1993) [203 points, 9 votes]
34. "A Good Flying Bird" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [207 points, 9 votes, 1 #1 vote]
33. "Glad Girls" (Isolation Drills, 2001) [211 points, 10 votes]
32. "Buzzards and Dreadful Crows" (Bee Thousand, 1994) [220 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote]
31. "My Son Cool" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [235 points, 10 votes]
30. "My Impression Now" (Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, 1994) [241 points, 9 votes, 1 #1 vote]
29. "Redmen and Their Wives" (Under the Bushes Under the Stars, 1996) [247 points, 10 votes, 1 #1 vote]
28. "Chasing Heather Crazy" (Isolation Drills, 2001) [248 points, 11 votes]
27. "Blimps Go 90" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [249 points, 12 votes, 1 #1 vote]
26. "Shocker in Gloomtown" (The Grand Hour, 1993) [262 points, 10 votes]
25. "Cut Out Witch" (Under the Bushes Under the Stars, 1996) [264 points, 14 votes]
24. "14 Cheerleader Coldfront" (Propeller, 1992) [281 points, 14 votes]
23. "A Salty Salute" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [302 points, 14 votes, 1 #1 vote]
22. "Watch Me Jumpstart" (Alien Lanes, 1995) [306 points, 12 votes, 1 #1 vote]
21. "Dayton, Ohio—19 Something and 5" (Tonics and Twisted Chasers, 1996) [317 points, 14 votes]

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thanks Johnny! Cannot wait for tomorrow.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Isn't it great to exist at this point in time?
Where the produce is rotten but no one is forgotten"

O_O

ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

wonder how much overlap there will be with the official GH compilation.

skip, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, really unfortunate that I am going to miss out on tomorrow.

grandavis, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

i thought it was "no one's forgotten strawberry philadelphia drive"

"the smell of fried food and pure hot tar" is one of my favorite descriptive lines, pure ohio, gives me chills

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

like no one HAS forgotten
rather than no one IS forgotten

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

because it is very ohio to hold a permanent grudge

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

exercise in contrasts:

"Dayton, Ohio"

+

"Other Place"

One is grim and real but also tenderly affectionate; the other is sunny and rings like a strange jangly clown mask
both are talking ostensibly about the same place

yes i have thought about this a lot

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 19:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Dayton, Ohio-19 Something And 5 was so great live. Just an incredibly evocative and nostalgic song, I had it at #17.

Only 5 of my songs have shown up so far. I love how when each new song is unveiled I'm like "damn that one could have easily made my list..."

ColinO, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love how when each new song is unveiled I'm like "damn that one could have easily made my list..."

Yeah, this. Only three of mine in so far but it's still been a great list.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 20:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Got six landed so far .

My next 14 will land. Surely?

There are some songs on here that I need to revisit / didn't realise they existed.And I have the rekkids.

I am a bad man and poor listener

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 22:27 (3 years ago) Permalink


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