Guided by Voices
1995. "Alien Lanes" released. Note to self - check out Guided by Voices. 1996. "Under the Bushes Under the Stars" released. Note to self - check out Guided by Voices. 1997. "Mag Earwhig!" released. Note to self - find out why everyone is wee wee'ed up over Guided by Voices. Etc, etc. So, Guided by Voices have been around for some 15 years, and I've been well, you know, a little slow on the uptake.
So, finally, my friend Christy solved my years of neglect by lending me 'Mag Earwhig!', and offering me a ticket to their LA show. You may have heard of a couple of bands that GBV get compared to from time to time - you know, bands like the Beatles and the Who. I have to admit, GBV aren't exactly blazing a wholly new trail - but they are certainly doing a good job of sprucing up and revitalizing that well-traveled poppy rock path that others cleared for them. Front man Robert Pollard may well be a pop genius - to remain both freshly creative and culturally relevant for over a decade is not an easy task. Anyhow, despite the fact that he tends to belong to the "release everything I record" school of thought (which makes some of the band's releases a little uneaven), in a live setting you seem to get treated to mostly gems. And Pollard's fantastic mike-swinging, jumping, and high-kicking rockstar moves. And drinking. Lots of drinking.
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