i wanna ask you a question: what is the best song in GBV's Alien Lanes?

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quite difficult.

Poll Results

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"Motor Away" (R. Pollard, Sprout) – 2:06 21
"Game of Pricks" – 1:33 21
"My Valuable Hunting Knife" – 2:00 11
"As We Go Up, We Go Down" – 1:37 7
"A Salty Salute" (R. Pollard, Tobin Sprout) – 1:29 6
"My Son Cool" – 1:41 5
"Watch Me Jumpstart" – 2:24 4
"Blimps Go 90" – 1:40 3
"Little Whirl" (Sprout) – 1:46 3
"A Good Flying Bird" (Sprout) – 1:07 2
"Auditorium" (R. Pollard, Sprout) – 1:02 2
"Alright" – 2:56 1
"Hit" – :23 1
"Closer You Are" – 1:56 1
"Pimple Zoo" – :42 1
"Cigarette Tricks" (Demos, J. Pollard, R. Pollard, Sprout) – :18 1
"Always Crush Me" – 1:44 1
"Striped White Jets" – 2:15 1
"Chicken Blows" – 2:21 0
"Strawdogs" (Sprout) – 1:17 0
"Ex-Supermodel" (R. Pollard, Sprout) – 1:06 0
"King and Caroline" (R. Pollard, Sprout) – 1:36 0
"Gold Hick" – :30 0
"Evil Speakers" – :58 0
"Big Chief Chinese Restaurant" (J. Pollard, R. Pollard) – :56 0
"The Ugly Vision" – 1:34 0
"They're Not Witches" (Greg Demos, Jim Pollard, R. Pollard) – :51 0
"(I Wanna Be a) Dumbcharger" – 1:13 0


Zeno, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Game of Pricks"

tom d: he did what he had to do now he is dead (Tom D.), Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

#1 hunting knife
#2 my son cool

iatee, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

decide now!

Zeno, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

#1

iatee, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

I jumped in there a bit quick. But "Pricks", in terms of sheer songwriting, is probably the best thing he ever wrote.

tom d: he did what he had to do now he is dead (Tom D.), Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

Pricks or Good Flying Bird are great choices, but theyre a little over-played for me, so i went with Decide Now! (my son cool)

Zeno, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

also, i never understood why Bee Thousands is THE Guided By Voiced record, while Alien Lanes is better.
(though maybe it's because i heard it first).

Zeno, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm with you on that one

tom d: he did what he had to do now he is dead (Tom D.), Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

A Good Flying Bird. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

If I post one thing on every thread, can I kill this whole website? (Evan), Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

"a good flying bird"

the burn & shipley (k3vin k.), Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

didnt know it's a Sprout song. probably his best.

Zeno, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

as we go up we go down

tylerw, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

(tho i could pick probably 12 other songs here)

tylerw, Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

So many great songs! So I had to pick "Motor Away" right away before I'd had a chance to think about it and become indecisive.

atoms breaking heart (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 18 July 2010 14:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

i know this record quite well but still i can't really tell the tracks apart. feel it should be game of pricks though

sonderangerbot, Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Would go with "Watch Me Jumpstart" if the chorus weren't so much weaker than the verses.

Probably comes down to Game of Pricks / Motor Away. Hope someone throws a vote in for Salty Salute-- great opening track that deserves some love.

CompuPost, Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

they used to open their shows with it,too.

Zeno, Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Opening tracks for Bee Thousand -> Alien Lanes -> King Shit and the Golden Boys, all fantastic.

CompuPost, Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

A Salty Salute is the only song on this album that I like.

the aztec mystic pizza (Stevie D), Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

For me, this album and Bee Thousand are like two long songs. I would never put any of these individual tunes on a mix because I would sorely miss the song that would have come after it. How can you sing "the club is open...yeah the club is open...hey the club is open...cmon cmon the club is open..." and not immediately start singing "I am breathing / yet I see no sky..." right after it??

These albums - along with Propeller - are my idea of perfect records.

That said, even though "Game of Pricks" will probably take this quite easily, I'm going with "Salty Salute," because it signifies the beginning of, err, my favorite, 45 minute GBV song. Unfuckwithable.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

That was the one thing I didn't really like abt this album; it seemed so cluttered because every song just immediately turned into the next song without any pause.

the aztec mystic pizza (Stevie D), Sunday, 18 July 2010 15:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Love "Motor Away." I'm a terrible beginner guitarist, but one day I impulsively taught myself to play it, and I was floored how much the band gets out of so little, in this instance.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 18 July 2010 16:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Motor Away" by miles & miles: it is what is left when you boil these songs for hours, the absolute essence of the band & absolutely essential.

Euler, Sunday, 18 July 2010 16:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

'Game of Pricks' is easily my favourite but picking a second would be really tricky. Maybe 'Closer You Are' (love the 'lookout rock' bridge bit) or 'My Son Cool'. Always amused by how much Pollard sounds like Liam Gallagher on that "Decide now!" (I guess they're both channelling Lennon).

Gavin in Leeds, Sunday, 18 July 2010 18:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

pimple zoo

hobbes, Sunday, 18 July 2010 18:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Pimple Zoo!!!" Yes. Good choice. I love how it sounds like it's just two different recordings of the same tune with just that acoustic passage in the middle to distinguish them...

Like I said, if I'm a nerd for any record, it's this one.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 18 July 2010 18:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, i really think every cut here is fantastic. it's magic. this is their best record.

hobbes, Sunday, 18 July 2010 19:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

jim greer has a great story about the recording of "Game of Pricks" here: http://jamesgreerbooks.blogspot.com/2010/02/reconstruction-of-old-guided-by-voices.html
song is just pure goodness.

tylerw, Sunday, 18 July 2010 19:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

little whirl = best tobin song

mookieproof, Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

i think you might be right! i was *this* close to voting for it.

hobbes, Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

watch me jumpstart

ciderpress, Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

i am not trying to be awkward here but always thought the 28 seconds of HIT were the pinnacle

Fer Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountain Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sorry. 23 seconds, coming into town with the giggling faggots

Fer Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountain Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

little whirl = best tobin song

― mookieproof, Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:09 PM (35 minutes ago)

that would be "awful bliss"

the burn & shipley (k3vin k.), Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I SPEAK IN MONOTONE: LEAVE MY FUCKING LIFE ALONE

the crucible of easily debunked e-mail fwds (stevie), Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

i am wayy down with "hit".
i love this opening couplet from "auditorium":

post punk x-man parked his forklift
like a billion stars flickering from the grinders wheel

hobbes, Sunday, 18 July 2010 21:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

This band are in my top five ever, without a doubt. Maybe even top three.That should please them.

Get to England again, you old fucks and make another old fooker blissfully happy

Fer Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountain Ark (Mobbed Up Ping Pong Psychos), Sunday, 18 July 2010 21:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

come on come on the club is open

calstars, Sunday, 18 July 2010 21:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

Had to vote for the winner but prob would have gone for Hunting Knife or Motor Away otherwise. Or Chicken Blows, love the Beatlesesque vocal harmonies there. Contrary to article upthread i prefer the Tigerbomb ep versions of Pricks and Hunting Knife, heresy i'm sure.

ledge, Sunday, 18 July 2010 22:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

I jumped in there a bit quick. But "Pricks", in terms of sheer songwriting, is probably the best thing he ever wrote.

― tom d: he did what he had to do now he is dead (Tom D.)

good news if you wear cargo shorts (contenderizer), Sunday, 18 July 2010 23:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Game of Pricks" was covered by American pop punk band Jimmy Eat World and released on the deluxe edition of Bleed American.

"Game of Pricks" was also covered by British post-Grunge band, My Vitriol.

"My Valuable Hunting Knife" was covered by Motion City Soundtrack.

"A Good Flying Bird" was covered by Milwaukee punk rock band Crappy Dracula.

mizzell, Sunday, 18 July 2010 23:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

watch me jumpstart

dmr, Sunday, 18 July 2010 23:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Pricks was also covered by Owen Pallett and his violin
xpost

Zeno, Sunday, 18 July 2010 23:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

also by me about once a day

ledge, Sunday, 18 July 2010 23:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

motor away

don't especially love this album, which is weird as it's the first GbV full lengther i heard.

iPrincess 2.0 (electricsound), Sunday, 18 July 2010 23:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

My Valuable Hunting Knife

kornrulez6969, Monday, 19 July 2010 00:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

this is hard, but it's gotta be "Motor Away" for me too. Also agree the love for B1000 sometimes seems to overshadow what a great record this is, arguably better...

lynshroom, Monday, 19 July 2010 12:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha, I considered doing a similar poll a week ago, only I would split it in two separate polls for each side of the album with exclusion of GOP, just to make the results a bit more interesting

since Game Of Pricks is way too obvious a choice, I think I'll go with Pimple Zoo so it will have at least one point, though it could easily be something else

V79, Monday, 19 July 2010 14:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I voted for "Game of Pricks" in a Best GBV song poll (back when there weren't limits on poll options) so I voted for my Favorite Tobin Sprout GBV song, "Little Whirl."
I once got an enthused and inquisitive caller at the radio station after playing it. "What was that song?!" Gotta love it.
I don't care what you do anymore.

Trip Maker, Monday, 19 July 2010 14:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah "love king and caroline" - great performance on the daily show, too

terry squad (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 01:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^ too much time on i love terius

some dude, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 02:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

i <3 under the bushes fwiw. second i heard after alien lanes but first i bought. not a duff track on it, honestly, except the sprout ones and i never really dig sprout's stuff tbh.

ledge, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

aww i lovvvvv "atom eyes"!! one of his best.

hobbes, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

under the bushes was a big grower for me. i still think the sequence of 'bonus tracks' after "office of hearts" give it a little too much bloat.

hobbes, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

but otherwise, great album.

hobbes, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Redmen and Their Wives" tho!!!

ledge, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

and atom eyes ain't too bad, true.

ledge, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

under the bushes is prob my fav, i guess cuz it's the first one i heard. also my copy came w/ the tigerbomb ep tacked on the end so there were sooo many songs

just sayin, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Redmen and Their Wives" tho!!!

i dig "take to the sky" and "it's like soul man", but the 3 songs in between sound like my stomach feels after too many beers. i think they would have been more effective if they had been worked into the other 18 songs.

hobbes, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 09:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

tbh i had no idea before this poll that game of pricks was the obvious choice. gonna vote little whirl just to even it out. xp !

― sonderangerbot, Monday, July 19, 2010 7:51 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark

same here. guess i'm just not up on my GBV fan stats cuz i had no idea that it was the consensus pick. voted for it cuz it made me cry the first few times i heard it, and once upon i played it over again until it wasn't quite so achingly poignant and then walked around singing it for months on end. so many great songs on this record, though - probably their best, though propeller's my sentimental favorite. first love best love.

second choices at the time would have been motor away, my valuable hunting knife, as we go up, blimps go 90. little whirl took a while to click, but man i love that song to death. striped white jets cuz it always reminds me of my brother.

good news if you wear cargo shorts (contenderizer), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 09:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah "love king and caroline" - great performance on the daily show, too

― terry squad (k3vin k.), Tuesday, July 20, 2010 9:56 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

^^^ too much time on i love terius

― some dude, Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:20 PM (Yesterday)

hahahaha u_u

terry squad (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha i always forget about the snoring on 'ex-supermodel' until i listen to it

ciderpress, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 15:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 23 July 2010 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Is there a reason why BIG BORING WEDDING is not a choice?

calstars, Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

pass the word: the chicks are back etc.

calstars, Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

pass the word: it's on 'under the bushes under the stars'

no, you're dead right, it's a macaroon (ledge), Saturday, 24 July 2010 00:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 24 July 2010 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

sooo nice that "Motor Away" came 1st (tied, but still), I totally didn't see that coming

I hope that this lone vote fot "Cigarette Tricks" wasn't a joke or sth, I honestly love this "song" (probably more like a "hook")

V79, Saturday, 24 July 2010 23:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Motor Away"/"Game of Pricks" tie = poll justice.

CompuPost, Sunday, 25 July 2010 16:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

If I'm a fanatic about this album, is the deluxe reissue thing worth getting? Like, are there extensive, 33 1/3 style liner notes and shit?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 17:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

is there a deluxe version of this record?

tylerw, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

wasn't there a double vinyl version, with the songs in a weird sequence, all mixed up, or something? Did I dream this? Maybe it was that Bee Tousand that got that treatment...

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

Bee THousand, I mean

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh yeah that was the bee thousand directors cut.

tylerw, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

that's worth it! it's pretty cool.

tylerw, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

kind of surprising that matador isn't doing some kind of expanded alien lanes reissue to coincide w/ the reunion tho.

tylerw, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they really should. I'd buy that. As I gushed upthread, this is probably one of my most-played albums of all time.

thanks tyler - I'll check out the BT director's cut!

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

good a place as any to mention that they've launched a digital store w/ some oop stuff, some live shows, etc: https://www.gbvdigital.com

tylerw, Tuesday, 5 October 2010 18:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

awesome, thanks tyler

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 01:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

!!! thanks !!!!
trying to mete out my excitement about next week's show in chicago

a little excitement every day so i don't go nuts

The Great Jumanji, (La Lechera), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 01:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

20 years old

mookieproof, Friday, 3 April 2015 23:15 (three years ago) Permalink

That revelation is shocking in some cases, but Alien Lanes feels exactly as old as it is.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 3 April 2015 23:16 (three years ago) Permalink

I would've voted "Game of Pricks," I'm pretty sure. Album still slays.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 3 April 2015 23:21 (three years ago) Permalink

the club is open

mookieproof, Friday, 3 April 2015 23:50 (three years ago) Permalink

"King and Caroline" was robbed. But tie for first place and the next finisher otm.

Is It Because I'm Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 April 2015 00:04 (three years ago) Permalink

"Game of Pricks" is the best song GBV ever did, but "Motor Away" is the best song on Alien Lanes. (O paradox)

hardcore dilettante, Saturday, 4 April 2015 01:24 (three years ago) Permalink

i suspect i voted for 'little whirl'

i was otm

mookieproof, Saturday, 4 April 2015 01:38 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

things are new in brilliant blue
and striped white jets come speeding through ah!
sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-and we must not forget
the sudden pain of perfect greed
and what's expected of this super-breed . . .
for those who dream to touch the sun
and those who run will always run . . .

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 12 October 2018 00:43 (four days ago) Permalink

"post punk x-man parked his forklift
like a billion stars flickering from the grinders wheel"

brimstead, Friday, 12 October 2018 00:48 (four days ago) Permalink

Blimps go 90
On with the show

ArchCarrier, Friday, 12 October 2018 08:47 (four days ago) Permalink

I’m not here to drink all the beer
In the house
in the fridge

calstars, Friday, 12 October 2018 10:02 (four days ago) Permalink

So I write music for soundtracks now
I write music for soundtracks now
(That's what I wanted to do anyhow)

Toss another shrimpl air on the bbqbbq (ledge), Friday, 12 October 2018 10:15 (four days ago) Permalink

Oh, this is not to say
We were not the worst we've ever been

weatheringdaleson, Friday, 12 October 2018 10:36 (four days ago) Permalink

Introducing the amazing rocket head!
you know what the deal is, dude

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:11 (four days ago) Permalink

"Chicken Blows" robbed here btw

Anyone reading the new Pollard bio? I'm finding it slow going so far

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:12 (four days ago) Permalink

For me this is one of the Tobin Sprout tracks!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 12 October 2018 13:27 (four days ago) Permalink

i was walking home one time through a quiet out of the way neighborhood at like 1am and passed a guy on the street with earbuds in who was drunkenly singing along to Motor Away

ciderpress, Friday, 12 October 2018 15:07 (four days ago) Permalink

i knew we've met before

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 12 October 2018 15:11 (four days ago) Permalink

The hellfire is dying around you, my love

a film with a little more emotional balls (zchyrs), Friday, 12 October 2018 18:09 (four days ago) Permalink


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