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

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9 so far here. I probably will see 7 more place. Would be surprised if anything else off of ID shows up (I only have one song left from that one).

righteousmaelstrom, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 22:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

Gosh darn I missed 35-21, and will prob miss the final showdown tomorrow. Curse you americans with your weird time system!

anyway 5 or 6 of mine placed so far inc. my #1, redmen and their wives, had to go for the melancholia. wonderful cathedral-organ atmospherics of the second guitar when it comes in, and then after the understated first half they bust out some traditional gbv slow n heavy rock, almost a redemption even as the lyrics descend from resignation to despair.

ledge, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 23:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

"breadwinner and klutz" is a lovely "two types of people in the world" binary.

ledge, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 23:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ledge . I mean this is the problem for me and it's a very exciting one. I Had never listened/or even heard to 'Redmen...' ever. and I thought I was a big fan of UTBUTS . i didn;t get beyond "Rally" "witch" and "Don't Stop".
What a tit. I am not GBV hardcore firm obviously.

Jessie Fer Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 23:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

ha i am so not the hardcore fan, i only had four albums in my top five. hoping to find some hidden gold in this poll meself but utbuts is standing firm as my personal sweet spot of unpolished melodic wonderment.

ledge, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 23:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

The bottom 20

Smothered in Hugs
Gold Star For Robot Boy
Tractor Rape Chain
The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory
Echos Myron
I Am A Scientist
Yours to Keep
Pimple Zoo
Game Of Pricks
My Valuable Hunting Knife
(I Wanna Be a) Dumbcharger
Motor Away
Over The Neptune/Mesh Gear Fox
Weed King
Quality of Armor
Lethargy
Teenage FBI
The Best of Jill Hives
Subspace Biographies
Uncle Dave

I'd be sad if Uncle Dave doesn't place

ℓ٥ﻻ ﻉ√٥υ (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is the other song i was referring to btw

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

that album cover makes my heart hurt

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Alien Lanes back cover photo: who is on the far left?

calstars, Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

jim greer

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

(i think!)

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

None of my Isolation Drills songs have placed yet not looking good for them.

Jeff, Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah :(

minge beat (electricsound), Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

great poll so far, am excited for the rest of the results. i wonder if my favourite gbv song "drag days" will place.

marc iv, Thursday, 29 September 2011 02:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

dept. of had i voted:

'i am a tree' would be higher
'little whirl' would be higher
'the enemy' would maybe have placed?

lamely,
-m.

mookieproof, Thursday, 29 September 2011 02:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

One of the ones in my guess for the top 20 already placed. I'll replace Subspace Biographies with Kicker of Elves

ℓ٥ﻻ ﻉ√٥υ (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 29 September 2011 02:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

No way in hell Uncle Dave is gonna place. That's a REALLY obscure choice only found on the Grifters' split single and never played live. Pretty good song though...

ColinO, Thursday, 29 September 2011 07:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Don't Stop Now, Official Ironmen Rally Song, Exit Flagger, and If We Wait should all make the top twenty. And probably Drinkers' Peace...

ColinO, Thursday, 29 September 2011 07:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxxxxpost about the lyrics to 'Dayton': yes, you're probably right about HAS vs. IS.
Too bad, I liked the universality of IS - like in this internet age everybody leaves traces of their existence online, so no-one is really forgotten anymore, but despite all the technology we eat bad food ('rotten produce').
Never been in Ohio, so I don't recognize the specifics of the descriptions.

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 29 September 2011 08:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

thoughts on cut-out witch: wonderfully weird images conjured up by the lyrics, like something out of struwwelpeter or a jan svankmajer film. although the witch herself doesn't seem at all malign so there's a nice form/content tension there.

ledge, Thursday, 29 September 2011 08:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

LET'S DO THIS

20. "The Brides Have Hit Glass" (Isolation Drills, 2001) [327 points, 13 votes]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

tbh this song has never stood out to me in any way at all, so I was very surprised when all the votes for it started rolling in.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nice song, like a lot of "Isolation Drills" it's a post-divorce heart-tugger

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp to archcarrier -- That's interesting about the universality of that song -- I've honestly never thought about it as anything but extremely specific to (for lack of better words) a place and a point in time :)

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

Nice drums in "Brides Have Hit Glass"

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

19. "Hardcore UFO's" (Bee Thousand, 1994) [331 points, 14 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

First GBV song I ever heard. As I imagine it was for many.

Jeff, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

really like the guitars during the chorus on "Brides" but see where JF is coming from. There's also a weird dissonance running through that keeps it interesting.

skip, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I wish I had gotten bee thousand at the time. too wrapped up in middle school KROQ stuff to know it even existed.

skip, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

my first GBV song too
evokes driving aimlessly through the countryside by myself in my white escort, smoking ciggies and wondering what's going to happen to me

"build a playground in your head" -- words i have always really taken to heart

maybe i'm just sleep deprived but i feel like a weepy sap this morning!

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

don't stop now!

Euler, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Already 2 songs that out of all the guesses so far were not guessed. Great fun!

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

does robert pollard have AA experience

thomp, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

18. "Gold Star for Robot Boy" (Bee Thousand, 1994) [344 points, 14 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

i ask bcz i'd never seen the lyrics to 'a salty salute' before -- actually at first i thought that song started 'dibs on the setlist' which i thought was a great opening line, tho' perhaps in retrospect a bit british -- and then i heard it as something about "dicks and the sexless" which i thought was awful, and which i couldn't make make sense with the rest of the song, so i gave up on the song, and the band, guided by voices, by extension

sorry, i should stop cluttering up this poll

thomp, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Here's one that I voted for. One of the catchiest melodies on Bee Thousand and great lyrics too!

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Really digging "The Brides Have Hit Glass". Staccato guitar strongly reminds me of something - prob some faceless late 90s band or death cab for cutie or something :/

ledge, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Metropolitan Brewery did a beer called Gold Star for Robot Boy. Sad I was never able to obtain some

Jeff, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hardcore UFO's was my first GBV song too, I think

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Hardcore UFOs" is not one of my favorites on its own, but it is a great opening track on Bee Thousand. I easily could have voted for it.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

17. "Teenage FBI" (Wish in One Hand 7", 1997 / Do the Collapse, 1999) [345 points, 15 votes]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Catchy, like ebola, but not in my Top 20

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

GBV at their best pure pop moment, I think.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

Feel like the crux of the whole song really is the title line, which is just thrown away in the middle.

ledge, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like the Do The Collapse version more: the synths work very well.

Euler, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

I still like Liquid Indian better if we're choosing DTC songs -- right after "are we there yet?" at like 0:56 the skips and flips kick in and it's so good. You can kind of try to forget about "born again bootstomping witchhumper by the 2:00 mark.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fun to wooeeewooweeeoooo.

Jeff, Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

is it too late for Surgical Focus? that's the best hi-fi GBV jam by far imo

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

My DTC song still hasn't placed. I'd be surprised if it does.

Jeff, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

i also voted for Wormhole but that's not gonna make it i'm afraid

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:06 (3 years ago) Permalink


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