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I just had to do my fave band since my bro had a go.
GBV: why do NME etc ignore them? They didnt even review 'Isolation Drills'.
Although I think DO The Collapse was in their albums of the year in 1999
My fave album is 'Mag Earwhig'.
GBV Classic Or Dud?

Peter M's Brother, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 05:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Guided By Voices: Classic or Dud?

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 05:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'isolation drills' was never released in the uk, so NME never reviewed it. they did a (pretty dreadful) feature on the band in 1999 to tie in with 'do the collapse', and had features back in the 1990s pretty regularly (though everett's pieces on em for melody maker circa vampire on titus/propellor were my favourites).

absolute classic as far as i'm concerned. buy 'alien lanes', then 'under the bushes under the stars', then 'vampire on titus/propellor', then let yourself loose on the various and multitudinous offshoots and eps.

sxxx

stevie (stevie), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 12:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

can someone please convince of the classic status of isolation drills. i really want to like this album. but could not.

doom-e, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 13:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

has that got anything to do with your ultimate gayness?

chk chk chk, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yer not a very good troll.

doom-e, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i would expect you to rage at my gayness, psychotically, but as it stands, it's not very good. c- (just for showing up and typing).

c'ya.

doom-e, Tuesday, 10 December 2002 16:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

isolation drills is the only GbV album that doesn't seem to have lost something by being 'properly produced'. IMO it features some of Pollard's best songs since B1000.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 22:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

All I have is Be THousand, and I like it tons.
SHould I get others? I am interested in Suitcase, should I get it?

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 10 December 2002 23:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i think it was douglas on some other thread that advocated making yr own gbv greatest hits cd. that would be the only way to end up with a classic. they're good though, most of the time

ron (ron), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 01:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"isolation drills is the only GbV album that doesn't seem to have lost something by being 'properly produced'."

agreed. also, bob drops the mystic/fairy tale goobledegook lyrics for once, in favour of some pretty fucken open and brutal lyrics about his marriage breakup. 'glad to see you' is *painfully* honest and to the point.

i love ID.

sxxx

stevie (stevie), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"My fave album is 'Mag Earwhig'."

It's the only GBV album I have, but it's great fun. I think maybe a couple of songs could have been left on the cutting-room floor, but largely it's quirky garage-pop excellence all the way. "I Am A Tree" is so instantly catchy, it actually could have broken them to a bigger audience, with a little good fortune. I may invest in some more GBV soon...

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

thanks stevie and jim....going to repurchase this, when i get back to canada.....it's on the list.

doom-e, Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

A Nairn -- Yes, more. I skipped Suitcase (got the comp Breifcase instead), but i'm sure it has lots of gems.

Others: Alien Lanes, Propeller, Vampire on Titus, Same Place the Fly Got Smashed, King Shit and the Golden Boys (those last two both appear in Box). Also, several in the Fading Captain Series are noteworthy; Speak Kindly of your Volunteer Firemen, Kid Marine, and also the Lexo & the Leapers' EP, Ask Them. ¥

christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 11 December 2002 13:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Classic. One of my favorites. Such childlike enthusiasm for the transforming powers of music, such a tribute to spontaneous creation. Great song titles too. "Kicker of Elves" made me laugh out loud in the rekkid store.

John Bullabaugh (John Bullabaugh), Sunday, 9 March 2003 02:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, GBV is definitely classic. Not every song Bob Pollard has written/released is equal, but he's written enough brilliant music that the duds in his catalog really don't matter that much.

Matthew Perpetua (Matthew Perpetua), Sunday, 9 March 2003 03:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

the brides have hit glass

kamerad, Sunday, 18 April 2010 00:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Guided By Voices are back together and have recorded a new album, Let's Go Eat the Factory, that will be released on January 1st. It will be the band's first studio output since 2004, and their first to feature the lineup of Bob Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Tobin Sprout, Kevin Fennell, and Greg Demos in over 15 years. Mojo broke the news."

nostormo, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

but did they record it on cassette?

calstars, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 01:53 (five years ago) Permalink

as much as certain GBV songs are well-worn constant favorites....uh...

Sophomore subs are the new Smith lesbians. (the table is the table), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 05:11 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I was in the right place for the initial run of GbV, but stopped caring long ago, though I've kept up in a half-assed way with like 80% of the new releases. Got "Factory" via Spotify out of curiosity. It's really pretty good. Kind of weird to listen to...sort of like hooking up with your ex-girlfriend from college, except you're both in your 40's now. Makes me think, more than ever, that GbV was not in fact Pollard + Granny on Bongos. I'm surprised to find myself playing this often.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:40 (five years ago) Permalink

it's not a bad record but it feels very anonymous to me, particularly tobin's contributions. i'd put it slightly ahead of half smiles.. the last boston spaceships record had some much stronger tracks

really dislike 'how i met my mother' and 'fats domino' is their most hookless single

fitzroy institution (electricsound), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Ahead of Half Smiles? no no no!

Granted, I've only played it through twice, and that was the NPR stream that went up pre-release, but it left me hollow and almost offended at how disjointed and, frankly, bad it was. Maybe I'll try it again some day, but I just don't want to now.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Never trust NPR streams. I've learned that the hard way...

dlp9001, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 03:56 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm almost afraid to buy the new one, for fear of disappointment. "Fats" was okay. Have like 20 Pollard side project promos from the last couple years that I still haven't found time to play.

Raymond Cummings, Thursday, 2 February 2012 11:56 (five years ago) Permalink

The new GBV album is surprisingly good, one of the best things Pollard's done in years and more interesting than the last few GBV albums were. If you're looking for an album of big hooky singles you're not going to find it. They're messing around in basements and bedrooms again like they did back in the early days, not trying to be the big rock band. I understand why people are disappointed, especially if what they're looking for is more 'hits', but it's really exceeding my expectations.

erasingclouds, Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:02 (five years ago) Permalink

I've listened to it three times and I'm not feeling it at all beyond the odd track. It's among their bottom three albums for me.

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Love it. Garnered way more plays from me than anything Bob's put out in years (not that I didn't like that stuff either).

Wandering Boy Poet, Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:04 (five years ago) Permalink

have really come to love this, the more i play it.

dave cool it (stevie), Thursday, 2 February 2012 13:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I really like this one and I kind of feel like a lot of the people that hate this had unreasonable expectations in the first place. No, it isn't Alien Lanes or Bee Thousand, hell even Mag Earwhig, but I do think its interesting and I like it the more I hear it.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 February 2012 15:24 (five years ago) Permalink

unreasonable expectations

What's unreasonable about expecting something more than aimlessness for the most part? Bob still writes a handful of big, anthemic songs every year that he then distributes among his hundred different projects. Unfortunately, he used his most recent batch all up before getting around to making this latest GBV record. I don't mind a little aimless in my GBV, but it's got to be broken up by the BIG songs I can use as trailmarkers.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 2 February 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

That wasn't aimed at you, btw, I was just referring to a lot of dismissiveness I've seen online that boils down to, "this sucks, Alien Lanes was so much better". Well, duh.

In terms of your complaints, I think there are a handful of those BIG songs. And I really like the aimlessness, particularly with Toby back in the mix.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 February 2012 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Where I'm coming from is this - the first GBV music I heard was the 7"s from the time (Get Out of My Stations, Grand Hour, Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer) and then Vampire on Titus and then Bee Thousand, which had just come out. In that batch of music there are rock/pop anthems, sure, but overall there's more weird stuff that would probably fit your definition of "aimlessness". What I love about the new album is in spirit it goes back to that era. Plus, it surprises me, like their music originally surprised me - some of those Tobin songs in particular sound nothing like what he usually does, or like anything that's been on a GBV album before.

But I do imagine that if my first encounters with GBV were with the later lineup, more 'arena rock' stuff (which I also love, don't get me wrong), and I was looking for them to go that route (to pick up where GBV left off), I'd be disappointed.

erasingclouds, Thursday, 2 February 2012 16:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Where I'm coming from is this - the first GBV music I heard was the 7"s from the time (Get Out of My Stations, Grand Hour, Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer) and then Vampire on Titus and then Bee Thousand, which had just come out. In that batch of music there are rock/pop anthems, sure, but overall there's more weird stuff that would probably fit your definition of "aimlessness". What I love about the new album is in spirit it goes back to that era. Plus, it surprises me, like their music originally surprised me - some of those Tobin songs in particular sound nothing like what he usually does, or like anything that's been on a GBV album before.

^^^ absolutely

dave cool it (stevie), Thursday, 2 February 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i think i agree. haven't spent *too* much time with the new one, but i like the fact that it isn't just jampacked w/ anthems. gbv, at their core, are a WEIRD band! and this is a weird album that I'm interested in exploring more. not sure if i'd be saying the same if Factory was just a bunch of Baba O'Riley soundalikes or w/e.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 February 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

"Fats Domino" gets stuck in my head all the time. awesome song.

billstevejim, Thursday, 2 February 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I dig the new album and agree it hearkens back to the sound of those '93-'94 eps but I would like to hear some more anthems on Class Clown.

Let It Beard and Mars Classroom and even the Lifeguards album from last year all had much stronger songwriting. In fact, I'm astonished Let It Beard in particular wasn't cited more (or at all) as one of the best rock albums of 2011...

ColinO, Thursday, 2 February 2012 23:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I still recall playing Bee Thousand for a friend (with very well-informed and eclectic taste) when it came out. His comment was that inevitably the band was going to try to tighten up the songwriting and improve the production, and that they'd never live up to what he was hearing. He was mostly right...

Gotta say that "big anthemic songs" is about the *last* thing that impressed me about GbV the first time around. Personally "Hot Freaks" was the one I loved back in the day. It's really pretty amazing that they/he can still manage to 97% approximate the original sound at this point. It's almost like there'd been a Syd/Floyd reunion in the 80's that wasn't bad.

dlp9001, Friday, 3 February 2012 00:26 (five years ago) Permalink

the sound of 'factory' + the songwriting of 'let it beard' would have been a total winner

flagsteban postez (electricsound), Friday, 3 February 2012 00:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I dig the new album and agree it hearkens back to the sound of those '93-'94 eps but I would like to hear some more anthems on Class Clown

i think that'll be the case. when i interviewed the band before xmas, kevin said he was surprised how much leeway to experiment bob had given tobin on factory, and that clown was a much more 'rock' record by comparison.

dave cool it (stevie), Friday, 3 February 2012 07:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Where I'm coming from is this - the first GBV music I heard was the 7"s from the time (Get Out of My Stations, Grand Hour, Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer) and then Vampire on Titus and then Bee Thousand, which had just come out. In that batch of music there are rock/pop anthems, sure, but overall there's more weird stuff that would probably fit your definition of "aimlessness". What I love about the new album is in spirit it goes back to that era. Plus, it surprises me, like their music originally surprised me - some of those Tobin songs in particular sound nothing like what he usually does, or like anything that's been on a GBV album before.

this is exactly where i came in, except that i started w/ propeller followed by the singles and then the scat albums. if the new one (which i haven't heard) is anywhere near that good, i'll be in heaven. but those albums and singles were packed with anthems, right? "weed king", "mesh gear fox", "my impression now", "shocker in gloomtown", "wished i was a giant", i mean cmon...

his hands are a dirty fountain through which lives spurt (contenderizer), Friday, 3 February 2012 08:04 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

"bears for lunch" thoughts? at the moment i'm liking it as much as class clown (and both way way more than factory)

bill cosby synclavier samples (electricsound), Wednesday, 14 November 2012 21:46 (four years ago) Permalink

bob's songwriting is holding up really well though i'm not loving tobin's stuff on the reunion records

bill cosby synclavier samples (electricsound), Wednesday, 14 November 2012 21:46 (four years ago) Permalink

obviously: I want to believe

That said I have enjoyed the first 8 tracks so far. First Tobin joint a joy.

calstars, Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:15 (four years ago) Permalink

I like Bears a lot and I think the three reunion records are equally good but not great. All 5 Boston Spaceships records are superior.

ColinO, Thursday, 15 November 2012 18:39 (four years ago) Permalink

I've only heard White Flag from the latest batch of material, but it's one of the best things to come out of these new(ish) sessions imo.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 15 November 2012 18:46 (four years ago) Permalink

Listening to The Bears for Lunch right now and it is hands down the best of the three reunion albums so far. Maybe the guys just had to fall back into a comfortable groove or something, but this is what I was hoping for initially.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 16 November 2012 16:25 (four years ago) Permalink

Number of GBV songs about aircraft has to be way greater than 30 at this point.

calstars, Friday, 16 November 2012 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna have to listen to the new one a few more times, but so far I'm not really feeling it. Loved Class Clown Spots a UFO, though; so far I'd say the new one is more consistently good than Let's Go Eat the Factory but the highs on Factory are better than anything on here. Just my initial impression, though.

Also, really really disappointed with pretty much all of the Tobin songs on all three of these.

xanthanguar (cwkiii), Friday, 16 November 2012 16:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah I think Tobin is being spread too thin. His songs on Bears sound like they belong on another record, they just don't sound like GBV songs. Also, his Forever Until It Breaks really dragged down the first side of Class Clown...

ColinO, Friday, 16 November 2012 17:27 (four years ago) Permalink

was jamming "Everyone Thinks I'm A Raincloud" this morning and it's such a good song, one of the few post-90s ones that would be in play for a POX for me

ciderpress, Friday, 8 July 2016 16:03 (one year ago) Permalink

on the other hand, i've finally listened to all the reunion albums and they're mostly half-baked and depressing, i kinda wish they had been released under a sideproject name - the hit rate is even lower than a lot of solo pollard

ciderpress, Friday, 8 July 2016 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Jazz club audiences tend to talk too much,
Really haven't experienced this very often

Hare in the Gated Snare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 8 July 2016 16:25 (one year ago) Permalink

i go to all sorts of shows and generally refuse to be intimidated by any audience even if i am by myself, but i can't say that about a gbv show. it will be full of 2x/yr partiers who are trying to cram 6 months of drinking into four hours. that's the audience i expect at a current day gbv show and therefore no can do

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 July 2016 16:36 (one year ago) Permalink

ya know, maybe it's b/c i read the replacements bio fairly recently, but the extent to which pollard's drunkenness is part of the appeal for a lot of the crowd did bum me out a little. i know he claims in interviews to not really have a drinking problem, but...

there was never a time, not even in their earliest years, when the extent of pollard's drunkenness wasn't completely depressing. it's generally fun for the first 2 or 3 beers, and completely not fun for the next 20 or 30. and those 2 or 3 beers take maybe 2 or 3 songs to consume. and they're short songs.

disclosure: i haven't seen 'em in a long time, so maybe things have changed, but based on the above posts, i'm assuming they've gotten worse, not better, which is all but unfathomable to me. sigh.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 8 July 2016 20:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Don't most GBV shows go off without major hitch or embarrassment? Amazingly, I've never seen 'em but I'm planning on it in August.

skateboard of education (rip van wanko), Friday, 8 July 2016 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

btw I'm totally a 2x/year guy but I just don't drink heavy anymore, ever

skateboard of education (rip van wanko), Friday, 8 July 2016 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

grain of salt since i haven't seen them live in forever but i kind of admire pollard's self-destructiveness the way i do keef's

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 8 July 2016 21:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't. I think it's depressing.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 July 2016 21:28 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah shit's not good. irl consequences.

brimstead, Saturday, 9 July 2016 00:02 (one year ago) Permalink

The last time I saw them was the ass end of the Doug Hillard era and it was some sad shit, bass player also borrowed my friend's rig (his band opened and somehow GBV didn't bring a bass rig?) and turned the head up way too high and blew his cab, they literally asked the crowd if anyone had coke

Steve Gunn Mann-Dude (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 9 July 2016 00:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Doug was the only one who was in any shape to play

Steve Gunn Mann-Dude (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 9 July 2016 00:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Keef, like Iggy, had (maybe they've had to mellow eventually) that Iron Man Constitution which was fascinating especially since if you did anything near what they did yourself at home you would probably die or end up like, say, Roky Erickson. They weren't quite human, at least in their heyday and maybe still, which allows one to enjoy the spectacle whilst avoiding certain thoughts, whereas Bob Pollard's case is depressing to contemplate because it is a picture of exactly what would happen to you, like looking into an unpleasantly illuminated bathroom mirror: This is Your Gut on Beer.

Hare in the Gated Snare (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 July 2016 01:41 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Swimming river flow
Rifle, bullet, arrow & bow
Plaster, paint & tile
Lepus, canine, cat & reptile

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 02:00 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

"deflect/project"

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:49 (two months ago) Permalink

have been listening to lots of gbv the past two weeks for the first time in quite awhile, p much sticking to the fertile fields of the propellor through earthquake glue zone, nothing new to say except that yes he really was astonishingly plugged into something for a good long while and yes the drinking is just incredibly uncute and man on the prime trilogy of propellor-b1000-AL that peculiar collage-maker's genius for sequencing a record was one of his very strongest assets

also the guitar playing on i am a tree still makes me laugh out loud (i mean that in a good way)-- d gillard is always welcome on my block for that

or at night (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:14 (two months ago) Permalink

The experimental collage effect the music and album art had together as complete packages with their early 90s material was so much more thematically interesting than the later period narrow focus on sounding like The Who as much as possible. I do find some of the later period stuff fun though.

Evan, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:38 (two months ago) Permalink

gillard is just so good at that ultra crunch cheap trick who thing that his bravura carries me through a lot of the mk II era albums, also the songs are still frequently great on those

or at night (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I know their early albums are best but I like the later stuff I've picked up too (I'm by no means a completist for obvious reasons...) August by Cake is surprisingly solid.

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 17:04 (two months ago) Permalink

sticking to the fertile fields of the propellor through earthquake glue zone

i'm honestly not sure where one album title ends and the other begins here

circa1916, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 17:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Lol

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 17:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I really don't like Gillard's guitar playing tbh.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Agree. Dude's playing is particularly lifeless and rote.

calstars, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 21:37 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah but at least he is not a girl
lol

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 21:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, there is quite a bit of this subject on this thread too. I saw them like quite a few times including when they first was starting to tour when Pollard was still teaching. Being from Dayton, playing in Bloomington and Indianapolis was one of their main places to regularly gig. The first few times were fun as heck, but the last time I saw them, which was after the old touring band was gone and probably their biggest show in like 1999 was kinda sad. Have not seen them live or listened to any of their newer albums much since.

Why in the name of all that is holy do people like Guided by Voices?

earlnash, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:02 (two months ago) Permalink

I wonder if Pollard has another gear to shift to; the dude is sixty... is he going to keep being a stooge or is their something more reflective on the horizon?

bodacious ignoramus, Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Even if there is something more reflective coming down the pike what are the chances it actually gets noticed in his endless barrage of releases?

DavidLeeRoth, Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:15 (two months ago) Permalink

He's done reflective before but, as you say, it was hard to spot among the torrent, too much hard work anyway.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:37 (two months ago) Permalink

lol matos really Kool aid mans into that thread with some hot takes

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:28 (two months ago) Permalink

"Kool aid mans" is my new favorite verb

calstars, Thursday, 13 July 2017 13:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Totally! I implore y'all to know what I mean next time I type KAM

or at night (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 13 July 2017 13:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I'mma kool aid man into a random bar thread this weekend

calstars, Thursday, 13 July 2017 13:53 (two months ago) Permalink

That's wonderful

calstars, Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:01 (two months ago) Permalink

wrt to new GBV, I've kinda decided it's not worth the effort to keep up. feel like there's a lot of stuff i want to listen to and if I'm in the mood for GBV I'd rather just pull out Propeller or Bee Thousand, Alien Lanes, etc...

When they first reunited, I made this playlist taking the first five new albums and grabbing the tracks I thought were good into one playlist. it's not bad i think....I listened to a bit of the new one sounded pretty boring...

https://open.spotify.com/user/matthelgeson/playlist/6pNdtcAVo6SVin1hcF594M

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Is the GBV song database website still around ? I remember even by 2000 or so the volume of content was massive.

calstars, Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Www.gbvdb.com

Don't know how up to date it is, but it's got 2600 songs overall now.

Jeff, Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:26 (two months ago) Permalink

my favourite GBV of the new era was a Toby song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BmnM6wwyhU

Shanty Brunch (stevie), Thursday, 13 July 2017 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

my favorite GBV of the old era are mostly Toby songs

Evan, Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

A sparkled shiny diner is a home for wayward minor

calstars, Thursday, 13 July 2017 17:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I thought August by Cake was pretty good - certainly an improvement over the one before it. And I guess there's already another new one on the way.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:09 (two months ago) Permalink

whenever bob settles into uncle zim triplicate mode it will be fierce. wonder who he'd cover

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Pollard hasn't really written 2,600 songs - he's started writing 2,600 songs and only actually finished a fraction of 'em.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:32 (two months ago) Permalink

OTM, so many of them are lacking a middle eight!!!

or at night (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Funny this came up but I've been trying to listen to some of those Pollard solo albums where Todd Tobias plays all the instruments and Bob just sings (sometimes in tune) over the top of them, Jesus but a lot of that stuff is just godawful.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Circus Devils is definitely the band I've listened to the most records by that I don't like at all.

cwkiii, Friday, 14 July 2017 02:27 (two months ago) Permalink

And I think August by Cake is just OK but the Mark Shue-penned songs are really good!

cwkiii, Friday, 14 July 2017 02:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Lexo -- Myst King urth

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 14 July 2017 04:58 (two months ago) Permalink

August By Cake was just baffling to me. Like, listening to it I honestly couldn't believe that this was once my favourite band.

Shanty Brunch (stevie), Friday, 14 July 2017 11:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Thread revive coincided with me revisiting Propeller for the first time in a while - it's such a great album but you can easily imagine a world where Pollard really does give up on music afterwards, then 20 years later the album gets rediscovered as a lost classic and reissued by Captured Tracks or someone. Also I love how it works as a bridge between the often reasonably professional '80s records and the full-on lo-fi era.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 14 July 2017 12:41 (two months ago) Permalink


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