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

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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

16. "Weed King" (Propeller, 1992) [358 points, 15 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

hopefully not too late for Surgical Focus!

skip, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

never really sat down and listened to the album version of Teenage FBI until now. Very cheesy but I like it.

skip, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Voted for "Surgical Focus" too

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

But, never mind that, yay "Weed King"!

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

weed king is indeed great

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

― Euler, Thursday, September 29, 2011 4:47 PM (30 minutes ago) Bookmark

Yeah me too. The version on the Greatest Hits is awful

Young Swell (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Y'all are nuts. The DTC version is a nice experiments, but the essence of the song is captured on the Wish in One Hand lo-fi version.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

15. "Quality of Armor" (Propeller, 1992) [365 points, 15 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

yay! woo!

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

My #1

da croupier, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

My #2. Too low.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ok, so there's the last song I have from ID to show ('Brides'). Love that song. All of the others I didn't vote for, except Quality of Armor, but I knew they didn't need my vote. But this is the point in the poll where it starts to become the alternative GBV best of.

righteousmaelstrom, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

My #5 (much higher than "14 Cheerleader Coldfront", I was wrong on that above). Such a great pop/rock song

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

the worst offense is intelligence
the best defense is belligerence

ciderpress, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

QofA in my Top 10, but can't remember where

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

14. "The Best of Jill Hives" (Earthquake Glue, 2003) [370 points, 17 votes, 1 #1 vote]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:43 (3 years ago) Permalink


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